During lockdown, we will all be spending a lot more time at home. To combat boredom, we have put together some fun and easy activities for kids!
Fun Ideas for at home:
Make your own playdough
Materials: Follow our easy playdough recipe!
Materials: Print out our colouring in document!
Exercise your name
Materials: Paper and pen, space.
What to do: This is a great way for your child to become familiar with the letters in their name and get some fun activity in. Assign an exercise for each letter of the alphabet; A – stand on 1 foot, B – turn around, C – run across the room, etc. Mix up the exercises depending on the age and developmental level of your children. This would be a great outdoor activity for older children with more challenging exercises. Then spell out the names of family members using the exercises!
Visit the movies at home!
Materials: Snacks, paper, markers, movie.
What to do: Make your own movie theatre! Let you children create tickets, paper money and set up a snack bar. Take it in turns to be the sales assistant and then watch a family movie together. Play is how children learn so it’s great if we can give them the opportunities to practice their literacy and numeracy skills during play.
The Great Australian Bake Off
Materials: Ingredients to make vanilla cupcakes, cupcake icing and any cupcake toppings such as sprinkles, lollies and chocolate.
What to do: Bake your cupcakes together and then each family member gets to do their own decorating! When you finish, for a bit of extra fun you could share on social media and ask friends and family to vote for the winner. Then take them to someone’s house to share.
Cooking is a great family activity and helps children to develop many life skills.
Materials: Your wardrobe
What to do: Unleash your children in your wardrobe and see what happens! (you may want to hide your favourite outfit). Kids love dressing up and being like their parents, putting on a fashion show is a great laugh and makes wonderful memories. Pump some music and let them dance down the hallway or across the lounge room. Maybe one child could be the photographer?
Materials: Pen, markers, and stamps.
What to do: Children crave purpose, so get them writing letters, stories or birthday cards for friends and family who live far away. For younger children you can scribe their stories and they can add pictures.
Picasso and DaVinci
Materials: Canvas from the bargain shops and paints. (Food colouring and water work just as well).
What to do: Get arty for a day and let your child become a painter! You could all paint the same scene, work together on a group picture or let your child go wherever the inspiration takes them.
Making memories and traditions with your children builds strong family relationships, I hope these simple activities for kids will help you have some good times.