Play / 04 Jan 2020 / by Holly Hudson
10 of the best family activities when stuck indoors
It’s true that so many of us are adjusting to the new ‘norm' of staying at home and spending more time with our children. In fact, a quarter of the world’s population is now stuck at home for the foreseeable future and if you’re reading this, I bet you’re one of them! But just because we’ve been told to stay indoors doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! If you’re staying in and being safe then check out our top 10 family activities below to shake off that stir crazy cabin fever!
Don’t think that it’s all doom and gloom, we can seize this opportunity to have a go at baking that cake we’ve always talked about or try something completely new, or to even pick up a family activity that has been long forgotten or neglected due to busy schedules. The home really is our oyster and we can’t wait to get going!
1. Indoor Camping.
Take your children on a camping trip without having to leave your home! Who says you need a campfire to have roasted marshmallows? All you need is some pillows, a couple of sheets, some furniture, a torch and you’re on your way! Grab your pillows and sheets and build a makeshift ‘tent’, or leave the kids to it (this will keep them entertained for a good hour). They’ll love hanging out in their homemade tent (even after the campout has finished, they can watch movies, read and even play games in there too)!
Home teachings: resourcefulness, creativity, story-telling, imagination
2. Scavenger Hunt.
With Easter right around the corner now couldn’t be a better time to set up a scavenger hunt! Be imaginative with your hiding positions so as to prolong the game. You could add different elements to this to test your child’s other abilities, such as their numerical skills. For example, firstly they could collect a banana, then the next item could be two socks and so on.
Home teachings: mathematical skills, imagination, problem-solving
3. Yoga for Kids.
Help give your kids a good stretch by striking some yoga poses together. All the rage right now, yoga for the little ones can help them physically by improving their balance, flexibility, coordination, and strength. But, not only does It help improve their physical abilities but their mental ones too. Their concentration span and ability to relax will also increase with yoga. All you need is a bit of space! Check out these yoga poses you can do at home with your little ones!
Home teachings: patience, fitness, breathing techniques
4. Make sock puppets.
Everyone has one or two lost socks lying around, make use of them! Draw on some eyes or even dig into mums sewing kit to come up with some crazy designs. Buttons for eyes? Some string for hair and even if the kids are still engaged after this you could ask them to come up with a puppet play for the family to perform in the evening!
Home teachings: creativity, imagination, design, crafts
5. Garden Safari.
Get the kids decked out with their wellies and a camera and go and explore the wilderness of the garden. The little ones will love an outside adventure, if you look close enough there is wildlife everywhere you look! You can even make a simple bird feeder and record the birds that come into your garden. The kids can even record their sightings on a website called Project Noah, you can read all about this is our last blog.
Home teachings: life skills, nature, creativity
6. Make a time capsule.
There are no rules when it comes to making a time capsule. Usually, a time capsule is filled with things from the present day such as a newspaper, photos, or whatever you would really like! It is then buried or hidden away to open at a later date. This could be great fun for you and the kids. You can spend the morning collecting memories and treasures that you wish to put in and bury/hide it away for a later date. Something to look forward to in the future!
Home teachings: creativity, imagination, craft
7. Learn a new skill.
Your children are much more capable than you might realize! They can start learning essential life skills from a very young age. Why not teach them how to make an omelet, how to do the washing or something basic (with a helping hand) to help them prepare for the trials and tribulations of everyday life in the future.
Home teachings: cooking, life skills, essential skills
8. Indoor bowling.
Got some empty bottles lying around and a bit of space? How about a spot of indoor bowling? Just fill the empty bottles with a touch of water and stack them as if they were bowling pins, find some sort of ball and away you go! This can keep the little ones entertained for hours, you can even make a score sheet and start a family competition.
Home teachings: creativity, imagination, competition
9. Enjoy a story online.
Online storytelling has become extremely popular almost seemingly overnight, this is due to the fact that they are highly informative and require little effort. At Aspace we have teamed up with Danyah Miller to offer a storytime over on our YouTube channel every Tuesday and Thursday over the next few weeks! Don’t forget to tune in!
Home teachings: reading, imagination, listening
10. Paper Plate Fish.
This is a really fun crafting activity to do with the little ones and requires little resources, so no need to pop to the shops! All you need is a paper plate and some colouring utensils (which I’m sure you have plenty)! You cut a small section out of the plate and then attach this cut out to the other side of the plate for its tail and colour! Before you’ll know it you’ll be swimming with paper fishes.
Home teachings: creativity, design, imagination