Running out of kids’ lockdown activities? It’s pretty easy to have been through all the family board games, art supplies and Netflix shows when we’ve all been in the house for so long. With homeschooling in full swing, it’s important to come up with some kids’ lockdown activities that are active and creative to help them unleash some pent up energy. I’ve picked out some nature trails and challenges that have been keeping my family sane, as well as some cool online activities and subscriptions that are well worth getting involved with. What are you doing to keep the kids occupied? Please leave a comment below with any recommendations!
Hogwarts Is Here
Is there a Potter fan in your house? I’ll be surprised if there isn’t! Hogwarts is Here is a fantastic online platform for the kids to immerse themselves in the wizarding world. They can enrol for realistic Hogwarts courses, earn house points and play with magic in the common room. Sign up and get involved!
Kitchen Disco With Sophie Ellis Bexter
Get everyone up and dancing around the kitchen with this hit playlist from Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Featuring hits from Donna Summer, Cher and Boney M, get lost in some classic pop hits.
With over 500 movies and 350 series, Disney+ is a brilliant way to while away the hours and watch all of the classics. It really has something for everyone with the Pixar favourites (Toy Story, Monsters Inc etc.), the Star Wars films, 30 Marvel movies, The Simpsons and loads more.
London Symphony Orchestra – Online
Catch a performance from The London Symphony Orchestra. Discover what happens to an orchestra when everyone has to keep their distance. Learn how sound travels and what you can hear between the notes.
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Scavenger hunts can take as little or as much planning as you have time for. I’ve put together a list of nine tried-and-tested scavenger hunts that will keep them occupied indoors and in the garden. An ideal lockdown activity!
Learn to play cards
No need to buy anything, just pull out your pack of playing cards and teach the family some new card games. Fun Attic has a good selection of games for 1-4 players. If you do need to buy a pack of cards, you can order them here.
Discover somewhere new
Geocaching has been around a while but it’s really started to rise in popularity again since we’ve been in lockdown. Rediscover the world around you with this fantastic geocaching app and get involved in a worldwide treasure hunt. Be warned, it can get addictive!
Is there a Gruffalo hiding in your local forest? There have been sightings of the mythical beast around the UK, so check out Forestry England website to find more. There is also a family-friendly Gruffalo-themed orienteering course that will hopefully be reopening soon (covid-permitting!).
Sign up for a socially distanced adventure with Treasure Trails to get the cogs ticking out in the fresh air. Buy a Treasure Trail for your local area via the website and then have your young detectives solve clues, catch crooks and find the hidden treasure.
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DIY fake snow recipe
Missing the snow? With two ingredients you can create your own! If you have a toddler, DIY snow is great for sensory play, while older children can have fun making mini snowmen and creating a fake snow small world.
Water pistol art painting
Definitely one for the garden, pick up a canvas and dig out the kids’ water pistols and let them blow off some steam firing watercolour paint to create a new piece of artwork.
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