Keeping children entertained can be a full-time job and that’s before you even think about cooking, cleaning, and everything else! With a second lockdown now upon us, keeping your kids entertained has now become even harder!
To help make the winter lockdown a little easier, we’ve come up with a few ideas to keep your little ones entertained during the winter lockdown.
- Indoor Treasure hunt
Keep your little ones occupied for a few hours by setting up a treasure hunt. You can give them a written clue which will lead them to another clue and so on which will eventually lead them to the treasure. This is a great way of keeping them busy so you can get some time to relax or catch up on housework.
- Pillow forts
We love a good pillow fort, and so do kids. So, grab the duvets and the pillows and set up a little den in their room. Put their favourite books, pens, paper, and a few snacks in there so they can have their own little quiet place.
- Home delivery craft kits
Being in the 2nd lockdown may mean you are running low on craft supplies, but fear not. There are plenty of home delivery kits you can order online. We love this one from Sculpd, where you can order you own air dry clay kit, have your kids get stuck in and get creative and in 2 days you have your own pottery masterpiece to display.
- Make a reward chores chart
It is a known fact that trying to make kids do their chores is, well…a chore. So, make it fun by creating a chart whereby they collect points for each job done properly. Then when they reach a certain amount of points, they get a reward. You could even personalise the charts with their own fun name label.
- Have a family movie night
When it’s cold outside, it’s the perfect time to jump into your pjs, bring down the duvets and blankets and snuggle up on the sofa for a movie night. Grab the popcorn and the kids’ favourite treats and make it a special family night. Let each kid choose a film so they all have fun.
- Let’s get baking
Don the aprons, get out the wooden spoons and mixing bowls and let the kids get baking. This is a great skill to learn, and they can even help prepare their own dinner, making it a double win for you. There are some great websites with kids’ recipes but we love BBC Good Food, which has a recipe for kids section. It is filled with yummy ideas which are easy for the kids to make and bake.
- A day of festivities
Tis the season to be jolly so if you haven’t put your tree up already make it a full day of Christmas cheer. Put some Christmas music on, get those Santa hats out, serve up the mince pies and get the kids to make decorations such as snowflakes and paper chains to make the house into a winter wonderland.
- Help the kids learn a new skill
During the lockdown, celebrities and other lesser-known people have been popping up on YouTube sharing their skills and helping our little ones learn new things. From Joe Wicks keeping our kids healthy and fit to Myleene Klass teaching our kids about music. So, why not load up YouTube and get them to learn a new skill. If they are creative you could sit them down in front of Art for Kids Hub which is full of tips and tricks to get their creative minds flowing.
- Spend the day visiting aquariums and zoos without leaving your house
You may not be able to take your kids to these places right now but a lot of popular attractions such as the Natural History Museum in London are doing virtual tours. Take a virtual day trip to museums, zoos and aquariums and have your kids learn about history and animals without having to leave the sofa.
- Arrange a virtual play date
If your kids’ friends can’t come round to play, then bring them to you virtually. There are plenty of platforms you can do this on. Think up some great games they can play like charades and hangman. Alternatively, to get them up and active challenge them to a dance off.
Our favourite play date idea is the show me game. Write down lots of challenges such as “show me your favourite teddy” or “find your worst piece of clothing” and then draw them out of a hat one at a time. This is bound to get them all laughing as well as keeping them busy and getting their fill of that all important social time. Littlebearabroad has a great list of other ideas for virtual playdates.
As you can see, there are plenty of ideas to keep your kids busy during the lockdown which don’t have to be expensive or time consuming to prepare.
We know how special it is to get this quality time with your kids. To cherish these memories and make their creations extra special why not personalise them with some of our fun, brilliant stickers.