With all of the uncertainty around COVID-19, you have so much more on your plate, especially with the kids at home. You might be running out of ideas, wondering how they’re going to go with being cooped up indoors without going stir-crazy (and driving you crazy, too!). The good news is, you can still keep them entertained with fun indoors games and activities! Read on for some inexpensive activities you can do at home.
Have a picnic at home
While getting out to the local park or beach might not be an option, there’s no reason you can’t have a fun picnic with the kids. Grab a range of sweet and savoury nibbles, and pop them in your picnic basket. Then, grab your picnic blanket and set it up in the living room, or backyard. You can even grab cushions and throw rugs to make it an even fancier and comfier affair.
Get creative with animal crafts
Getting creative with the kids is a great way to keep them entertained for hours, and there’s no shortage of art and craft projects they can tackle. The good news is, you can do this with just a few simple materials — many of which you probably around have around the house! The kids could make egg carton animals, by cutting egg compartments in half, then popping on googly eyes and ears cut out of foam. Or, they could many animal faces from plastic plates or even cotton balls on pieces of paper. Water painting is also a great option and you can find all the materials you need at Pop Avenue .
Bake some treats
This is the perfect opportunity to get the kids involved in the kitchen! There are many delicious kid-friendly treats that are easy to make from scratch, from easter egg brownies, fluffy Japanese pancakes and chicken schnitzel skewers. Not only do these only require a couple of ingredients, but they’re also super easy to make. The kids will love putting on their aprons and getting their hands dirty (after hand sanitiser, of course!) in the kitchen. You might even discover that you have a budding Betty Crocker or Jamie Oliver on your hands!
Do a science experiment
Any activity that can keep the kids entertained and teach them something new is a winner! There are many different fun DIY science experiments you can do at home, but one that’s great for the egg drop challenge. Teaching kids the concept of inertia, you place a smooth tray over a plastic cup of water. Then, you put a cardboard tube (such as an empty toilet or cardboard roll) on top of that. Place an uncooked egg horizontally on the tube and strike the tray hard enough to send the tray flying but not hard enough to spill the water. If all goes well, the tray will go flying, but the egg will safely drop into the water!
Letter writing for loved ones
The kids might not be able to see some of their favourite relatives or friends but they can use this opportunity to delve into the art of letter writing. Letter writing is a great project for kids, whether it's writing a story or their thoughts, it will get their creative juices flowing. All they’ll need is some pieces of paper or cardboard, felt tip pens, coloured pencils, paint and whatever else you can get your hands on. Then, it’s time to channel their inner artists!
Play a board game — or create your own!
Board games are always a classic for rainy days — or, days where you just can’t go outdoors! There are many fun board games on the market that are suitable for kids (and adults!) of any age that you can pick up from Toys and Tales. But if you and the kids are feeling creative, you could also make your own! It could be as simple as family tic-tac-toe or bingo.
Create a laser obstacle course
This is an exciting activity you can do any time of year — and it only requires one material! Inspired by the laser traps seen in spy movies, you’ll turn your hallway into a fun obstacle course for the kids. Just grab some string or crepe paper (preferably red, for maximum drama!) and zig-zag it from one wall to the other throughout the corridor. The kids must then crawl, jump and climb their way over the maze without touching the ‘lasers’.
Do an At-home Camping Trip
Explore the wilderness from the comfort of your own home. Make some space in your living room and pitch your tent. You can get all your camping accessories at KMART.
What you'll need:
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Snacks (Hommus and Veggies, Popcorn, Easter Egg Brownies)
- Drinks (Hot Chocolate, Juice)
- Playing cards
- Share some stories from your childhood camping trips with your kids
Get creative and set up your camp site. Remember to switch off the lights and spend your night in the dark with the light of your flashlight.
By trying one or all of these indoor kids activities, you can make long lasting memories with the family.