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30 ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 3 of 3

30 ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 3 of 3

Continuing on from our previous posts 30 Ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 1 + 2 of 3 here are 10 new ideas to keep the kids busy.

20. Make lemonade

Lemons are known to have multiple health benefits such as; high levels of vitamin C, improving skin quality and promoting hydration just to name a few. Lemonade is a great way to incorporate lemons into your children’s diet and is simple to make, get your kids to follow this recipe.

21. Build a fort

Let your children have their own space they can get lost in their imagination. You’ll need some chairs for the frame, some blankets or sheets and lots of pillows. You can jazz it up if you have fairy lights laying around. Learn how to make the cosiest fort ever here. 

22. Have a virtual sleepover

Organise with another mum on which night suits and set up a zoom sleepover with your children’s friends. Get your kids into their pyjamas with some snacks and have a sleepover in the comfort of your own home.

23. Set up a scavenger hunt

What a great way to keep your kids out of your hair for a while. There are lots of scavenger hunt ideas that are printable, which will have your kids running around trying to find the items. Just make sure to tell them to put all the things back once they’re done with them. Find your scavenger hunt inspiration here.

24. Build something

Do you need something from Ikea? Get your kids to help you put it together. If not, you can build anything from Lego, meccano, or even build your own toys. Find out which toys you are able to build with kids here.

25. Karaoke

Bring karaoke to your living room. Move the table aside, get some microphones, find videos that have lyrics displayed and crank up the volume. Here are the best singalongs for the whole family.

26. Make a stained-glass window

This great craft activity will be loved by the kids when the sunshine comes through the windows in all different colours. All you need is cellophane, paper, scissors, tape and a pencil. Follow this YouTube video to learn how to make the Beauty and the Beast stained glass window here.

27. Tie dye

Tie dying isn’t as messy as it sounds and is currently trending. Buy cheap plain t-shirts or use old clothing and purchase a tie dye kit. It’s a great opportunity to get creative, follow this tutorial for some inspiration.

28. Origami

Origami derives from the Japanese word ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”). Buy some origami paper which can be found at Dymocks and watch tutorials on how to make origami. Learn how to make a puffy origami heart here.

29. Play a family game

Pictionary or Monopoly will provide hours of entertainment and be a good bonding experience. If you don’t have board games on hand, there are lots of different games you can play with a deck of cards. Puzzles are another way to get your brain working and is a good project that can spread across days or even weeks depending on the level of difficulty.

30. Set up an obstacle course

Get your kids jumping, climbing, rolling and moving through setting up an indoor obstacle course. You can use household objects such as washing baskets, pool noodles and house baskets. Get some inspiration on how to set up your course below.

 

If you have captured images of any of these activities in action, tag us in your posts, we’d love to see you enjoying spending time together during self-isolation.

Stay safe and enjoy this opportunity to build and establish beautiful relationships with your family.

30 ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 3 of 3

30 ways to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 2 of 3

Continuing on from our first post, 30 Ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 1 of 3 here are 10 new ideas to keep the kids busy.

 

11. Create a short film

You can use your iPhone to film a short movie that the whole family can get involved in. Someone can be tasked with editing the film which can be easily done on the iMovie application. Once this is done present it to the whole family, there is sure to be a lot of laughter involved.

 

12. Baking

This is an activity for the whole family to enjoy, whether it is participating or indulging in the finished product. Not only is baking or cooking a form of entertainment, it is also a great time to teach your children important skills that they will remember forever. There are lots of YouTube videos on how to decorate cakes or cookies for beginners such as this one here.

 

13. Indoor camping

If you don’t have a tent to pitch out in the backyard, you can bring a mattress into the living room and build a fort. Use torches and play board games to set the camping scene and spend quality time with the family. Bonus points if you have a fire pit so you can toast some marshmallows. Here is some indoor camping inspiration.

 

14. Teach a dance

Get the kids up and moving by teaching them how to do the macarena or Nutbush. Dancing is a fun way to burn calories and sure to get some endorphins released. Watch a crash course online just in case you need to brush up on your skills here.

 

15. Have an around the world dinner

Assign a course and country to each child, e.g. entrée from France, main from Spain and dessert from Italy. Get them to research a dish, prepare it for dinner and learn a few fun facts of the country for them to recite before their course is served.

 

16. Do a spring clean

Go through rooms and decide what will be kept and what will be donated. This can be a good opportunity to get creative and re-purpose old clothes such as turning a dress into a top or making clothes for your children’s toys. Here are some creative ideas to re-purpose unwanted clothes.

 

17. Make pasta from scratch

We all love eating it, so instead of buying pasta from the shelf (which is already difficult to find) why not try your skills of making it at home. Join Jamie Oliver in learning how to make pasta here. 

 

18. Create a short story picture book

Writing aids in developing cognitive growth and is putting spare time to good use. Get the coloured pencil and some printing paper out and start creating a picture book. You can assist them in planning how to write their short story with this step-by-step guide.

 

19. Candle making

Looking for something that is practical that will keep the kids occupied? Candle making is relatively inexpensive and makes for a great gift. You can experiment with different coloured wax and scents. Watch this beginners guide to making candles.

 

20. Make a scrapbook                   

Scrap-booking is a great way to reminisce on memories. Have a scrap-booking day and go through family photos, select the ones you want and get them printed at Kmart or from your home printer, then get creative and put together a beautiful family album. Draw some scrapbook inspiration from Pinterest here.

If you have captured images of any of these activities in action, tag us in your posts, we’d love to see you enjoying spending time together during self-isolation.

Stay tuned for next What to do Wednesday when we release 30 Ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 3 of 3