Surviving Lockdown: What can I do with my kids today?
Indoor and outdoor activities for children
So you’re on an indefinite lockdown with a house full of children and you’ve got to keep them entertained for potentially months. At Designer Childrenswear, we understand that these uncertain times can leave you feeling a little unsettled, so we’re striving to do our best to help you make the most of your time at home! If you haven’t already read our blog post featuring our top homeschooling websites and ways to reassure your children, you can do here. Today however, we’re focusing on surviving lockdown with your children, with our top indoor and outdoor activities for kids, so that they’ll be entertained and that you can work peacefully, or join in with them if you don’t need to!
How can I stay optimistic during a lockdown?
This is a question that many parents and older children may be asking themselves on a daily basis, as when a routine changes it’s sometimes difficult to stay positive. Humans are creatures of habit, so don’t beat yourself up too much if you have down days, it’s human nature to struggle with uncertainty. Routine is key and the easiest and most important way to beat the lockdown blues. By pulling together a plan that includes meal times, bedtime routine (especially for younger children) and learning, you can add structure and a form of normality to an otherwise unnatural daily routine. If you’re waking up in the morning thinking ‘what can I do with my kids today?’, remember there are always some creative options out there. It’s important to remember to schedule in some fun times with the family too, which is what we’re going to focus on today. Whether you have younger or older children, we’re going to share our favourite indoor activities with you, to hopefully help liven up your lockdown. And remember to share the best of you home activities with us, using the hashtag #stayathomewithDC.
Our top 5 favourite indoor activities:
1 Make a wish jar for after lockdown (one for all the family)
When you’re stuck indoors with limited time in the outside world, it’s all too easy to think about the things that you could be doing if life was back to normal. Being stuck inside makes us realise what we love to do the most in life and what we take for granted that’s for sure! A wish jar is a great way to prepare for life after lockdown and get the entire family engaged with a fun activity. It’s a great solution on how to keep the whole family entertained! If you’re asking yourself ‘How can I keep my 5 year old entertained?’, but you’ve also got older children to think about, this is a great idea.
Simply take an empty jar and get each member of the family to write down a wish for something they’d like to do when life returns to normal; you’re banking your wishes for a day in the future. The great thing about this is that different aged children will produce different ideas, meaning post-lockdown life will be enjoyable for all. These wishes don’t have to be extravagant either, it could be simply to play outside with friends, to save up for some new trainers or just meet a friend for coffee. Here at DC, our team have been getting in on the act too, and saving up our wishes for life after lockdown. Here are our wishes for the DC wish jar:
Once lockdown is over, take the wishes out of the jar one by one and complete them, it’s that simple! A fun activity and something to look forward to; it’s a perfect way to spend a day. And if you’re feeling crafty, you could even decorate the jar!
2 Make a Salt Dough handprint plaque (one for all the family)
What better way to remember who you survived lockdown with, than by making a handprint plaque? The end result is a great memento to pop on the wall. And with Father’s Day coming up, it is a great DIY present. This stay at home craft is particularly fantastic at keeping a 2 year old entertained. Salt dough is super easy to make and its safe enough for the kids to shape (although parents might want to take control of the baking!). Here’s what you’ll need:
500g plain flour, 250g salt, 300 ml water
Mix the ingredients together in a mixing bowl until they form a firm dough (much like the texture of pastry dough). Take a handful of spare flour and dust your bench, before rolling the dough into a flat circle about 1cm thick, and wide enough to fit on your handprints. Get each family member to add their handprint to the dough (try and remember whose is whose though!). Bake the dough on a lined baking tray, on the bottom shelf of the oven for 3-4 hours on the lowest temperature (or until the dough is hard). Remove from the oven and allow the dough to cool. Once cool, let each member of the family paint their handprint in their chosen colour and add their name (be as creative as you want to be with this!). Let the paint dry and voila, the perfect lockdown keepsake!
3 Bake cakes or biscuits (one for all the family)
It might seem like an obvious one, but baking is so much fun and something that we probably don’t have time to do in our busy lives! If you have younger children, let them get their hands in the mixing bowl, or give them the opportunity to decorate. It is a great way to keep toddlers entertained. With older children, challenge them to create something more difficult. You could even have a family version of Bake-Off, and post your creations on social media to let others vote for the best cake or biscuit. And the best part? Yummy treats for afterwards! Remember to share your creations with the hashtag #stayathomewithdc. We’d love to see your cakes!
4 Become a TikTok superstar (one for older kids)
The nation has gone crazy for TikTok, particularly in isolation! With loads of challenges for your kids to have a go at, why not spend time with them setting up videos and getting involved? With dancing, singing, miming and lots of comedy, it’s a great way to spend a few hours having fun. Never again will you worry about how to keep a 10 year old entertained. With endless possibilities, TikTok is great boredom buster for the older children. Even celebrities are taking part! As with all social media, just remember to keep your kids’ accounts in check and follow the TikTok safety guidelines. Happy creating!
5 Play board games as a family (one for the whole family)
Remember board games? I’m sure every household has some tucked away somewhere collecting dust! Board games can be a great way to get the whole family together and can be a great way for kids to learn too! Monopoly can aid counting, Scrabble is great for spelling and Jenga is a great method of construction! Most games have elements of learning involved, but more importantly they get the family together so everyone can have fun. No games in your house? Many traditional board games have interactive app versions too, so pass around your iPad or tablet and get everyone playing together!
For more ideas, we love the ‘100 things to do indoors’ activity sheet which you can download here, and we spotted some amazing ideas on Aldi’s website too, with top tips to get you active both indoors and outside!
Surviving Lockdown: Indoor and outdoor activities for kids: Get Active!
It’s so important to try to keep active during isolation, and although we’re only allowed out to exercise once a day, don’t let that stop you! There are lots of ways to stay active both indoors and outside in the garden, you just need to use your imagination! We’re so excited about getting active, we’ve dedicated a whole page to it on our website! Here are our top ways to keep active during lockdown:
- Do a YouTube workout (there are so many to choose from). Why not give PE with Joe a go?
- Build an obstacle course in the garden (or indoors if you prefer)
- Make an indoor treasure hunt
- Put some music on and dance like no-one is watching!
- Run around the garden
- Play party games like musical chairs and musical bumps
- Have a skipping contest in the garden
- Play football in the garden
- Do some yoga for fitness and relaxation. We recommend Yoga with Adriene.
- Clean and tidy up the house to music
- Have a water fight in the garden
Whatever you decide to do during this lockdown, make sure you have fun! It’s probably one of the hardest things we’ll ever have to go through as a nation but remember, we’re all in this together and together we can get to the other side. It’s time to make memories and plan for the future with our favourite people so whether active outside or indoors, enjoy your precious time together and look for something positive every day.
Stay safe, stay at home and have fun!
Team DC x