Keeping children entertained when stuck indoors is bad enough on a rainy day, nevermind an isolation lockdown (if you’re reading this several months down the line, we really hope Coronavirus is a distant memory!). We’ve put together our top picks of fun games and inventive ideas to help parents stave off the choral rants of ‘I’m bored’ for as long as possible!
“You’ll never be bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do”Dr. Seuss
- Create your own bowling alley!
So you’re housebound and cabin fever’s setting in. We’ve got a solution…bring the bowling alley to the living room! Grab all those used empty water, squash and pop bottles, fill them with a little water, line them up and bob’s your uncle, sally’s your aunt, you have makeshift bowling pins! All you need now is a rubber ball of some sort and someone to keep score. Just like that, you’ve brought bowling to you!
- Teddy Bears’ Picnic!
Why not mix up mealtimes with an indoor picnic! Grab a basket of some sort, whip up a feast of picnic-style snacks and get let little ones involved as they add their favourite nibbles. While they’re busy picking their best soft toy friends to join them, lay out a blanket in the living room and set the scene. It may not seem much but little ones will love the change in routine and it will help break up a day of being stuck inside! Of course, if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, that’s even better! Either way, who doesn’t love a picnic.
- Self Portrait Fun!
This is something the whole family can get involved in and all you need is some paper, some pencils & some old clothes to cover your eyes with! Everyone gathers around the table, eyes covered and sets to work on their self-portrait. The results are often hilarious and it’s a great way for little ones (and parents) to get creative while stuck indoors. Once they’ve worked on their own image they can have a go at blind drawing other family members. Why not start a makeshift portrait gallery to showcase the results!
- Masking Tape Magic!
Raid the store cupboard and hunt out some masking tape. This mini marvel has the capability to offer hours of fun! All you need is a wooden or carpet free floor and a little imagination. You can use it to mark out any shape you want, from a hopscotch grid to a make-shift road for little ones toy cars. There are so many possibilities!
- Become Quiz Master for the Day!
With a little bit of planning, a family quiz is a great way to keep little ones engaged and their minds active. Plan a series of questions, print out a picture round and have the whole family take part in the fun! If you’re feeling particularly creative, why not throw in some challenges and enjoy your own take on the Generation Game.
- Good Old Baking Fun!
From pizza making to cupcake decorating, there’s all sorts of fun to be had in the kitchen (we can’t promise it won’t be messy!). We recommend a mini bake-off! Help little ones whip up some cakes, cookies or pastry treats and let them express their creativity with some post-bake decorating. All you have to do is channel your best Paul Hollywood and dish out some handshakes to commend their culinary creations.
- Hunt for Buried Treasure!
For a taste of life out of a fairytale, create your very own home-based treasure hunt. A big hint with kids of varying ages, this fun-filled activity will create a welcome distraction from being stuck indoors. Parents can wrap wooden building blocks or tasty treats in household foil before scattering them around the house. Make it as easy or complex as you like, whether little ones are just sent to scout them out or create little riddle cards to offer a helping hand and an extra dimension. Want to go all out? Have the whole family dress as pirates whilst they hunt out the treasure!
- Dive into the World of TikTok!
If you’re anything like us, you’ve found yourself an unwilling extra in many a TikTok video by now, whether knowingly or not! Why not take the time indoors to get on board and create some fun-filled videos of your own. You could introduce your kids to your favourite songs and create your own music videos together. If no one else does, relatives will love them! I mean if it’s good enough for Jessica Alba, it’s good enough for us 🙂
- Mix Things Up and Make a Fort!
Being stuck inside the same four walls can get tiresome, so why not create somewhere new. Get the whole family involved and get creative with a play fort/den. Raid the airing cupboard for old sheets, whack out some fairy lights and create your very own hideaway. Little ones will love having somewhere special to play and you could also make it your own ‘tent’ for the night and recreate a camp out under the stars. Make it feel like a holiday from home!
- Family Film Night!
Create your very own cinema from the comfort of the living room. It’s the perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa with your brood and enjoy a well-deserved break (now this does rely heavily on your film choice!). With a few added touches you can disguise the rest bite as a special treat for little ones. We recommend a vat of homemade popcorn and some tasty hot chocolate. Dim the lights and just like that, you have your very own, bijou cinema!
We hope these tips and ideas help a little during these trying times and beyond. We’d also love to hear your own tips on keeping little ones entertained when stuck indoors! Hopefully, we can collate enough ideas to help us all stay sane and little ones happy for as long as we need to. Good luck out there fellow parents. Remember, there’s always solace to be had in wine 🙂