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Published July 22nd 2020
Are you are staying home during the current COVID-19 pandemic and are running out of ideas to entertain the kids? Or are you home with a sick child and looking for activities to do, which are quiet and low key? I know for myself, that I have many craft ideas at the start of the school holidays, or a week of sickness at home with my daughter, but by the end of the week my brain cells have nothing left to give!
As parents, we can never have too many ideas on activities to do with our kids - particularly if they are cheap, free and fun! If you have a particular indoor activity that you child loves to do on rainy days, while they are sick, during the school holidays or through this pandemic, please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your tips. Over the years, I have written a number of articles with indoor activities that my daughter has enjoyed - from her toddler years to her current primary school age. These are some of her favourites, to get you started today...
Baking is a popular indoor activity, as the whole family loves to eat the results! While my daughter was younger, she was happy just to watch, mix with the wooden spoon and lick the bowl - but as she has grown older, I have been teaching her about fractions when measuring the cups and she has been mixing, pouring, turning on the oven and setting the timer. These little actions make her feel independent and it is an activity that we both enjoy together. Make biscuits, muffins, protein balls and cakes, that everyone can enjoy eating after.
LEGO Challenges has been a popular activity in our household of late, after the success of Lego Masters on TV. Watch some of the episodes on Nine Now or You Tube, then set a challenge for your child(ren). Our daughter has enjoyed challenges that we have made up such as Create A Garden Using Just White Pieces, Build Your Favourite Toy, Create a Tall Building Using Two Colours etc. Depending on their age, you can set funny challenges that will make them think outside the box. If your kids love to organise, buy a few fishing tackle boxes from K Mart and they will enjoy sorting their LEGO into colours and pieces.
Beading is a fun activity for all ages. For smaller kids, you can buy bigger beads and they can thread them onto pipe cleaners to make bracelets. For older children, they can make alphabet bead bracelets for their friends, or necklaces for themselves. If your child is happy to sit and concentrate for half an hour, this activity is a good one to leave on the table throughout the day and they can return to it when they are ready. See here for beading ideas.