Things to do at home with the kids during lockdown

Mapping out different activities to keep everyone busy and entertained during lockdown is a big task. I mean… it’s easy to keep the kids entertained but finding new ways or new activities to do might take some thought or maybe some Googling. From learning new activities together to some healthy competition, I’ve put together some simple indoor activity ideas to beat the lockdown boredom.

Let the games begin.

Board games and card games are easy go-to activities. What about creating a dedicated games room for some fun family time? Hamilton Billiards, UK snooker table maker, recommends transforming your spare room into a games room. They highlight the importance of traditional games, such as snooker, for children’s development – improves critical thinking, focus and hand-eye coordination.

Lamb and Bear also published a blog post about the benefits of traditional games, where she mentioned that “more non-screen-based activities lead to improved physical and mental health as well as all-around well-being.” And I couldn’t agree more! Traditional games are great to bring the whole family together and will be perfect to entertain your guests when restrictions are lifted.

Virtual bake off.

Do you and your kids love baking? Arrange a virtual bake off with friends and family and see who can make the best biscuits, cakes and sweets. For some easy, kid-friendly baking recipes, check out BBC Good Food. Grab your aprons and get baking!

Learn a new language together.

A great way to learn languages with your children is by listening to songs and hearing stories in those languages. Gather around in your living room and sing your favourite Spanish, French or German songs together. Even if you or your children can’t speak the language, you’ll start picking up words and go from there.

As Don’t Cramp My Style shared in a recent blog post, “people who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask, and better listening skills.” So, learning a language with your little ones is not only fun but it also comes with great benefits!

Treasure hunt.

Go all out for your treasure hunt! Put on your best pirate outfit, create a map of your home and “bury” treasures all around. Add some clues in old glass bottles, sing some sea shanties together and have a great time!

Camp in your living room.

The nights are cold, the weather is rainy, and your kids miss your family camping trips. As Day Out with the Kids mentions in this article, “a camping trip isn’t top of anyone’s list, but that doesn’t mean you have to put the tent away for another year.” Instead, turn your living room into a campsite by putting up the tent, some blankets and maybe a starry night project to feel like you are out in the wild again. Tell stories, eat some treats and enjoy a different type of evening with your little ones.

 

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