Take five to set up a challenging indoor treasure hunt
Over your morning coffee, write a list of things around the house that might be hard to find. A button from your sewing kit, perhaps. A paperclip. A purple pencil. Think of things that your kids can safely find – but that will take a while to find. Then, hand over the list and a bag or basket, and send them on their way.
Once they get into the swing of it, challenge them to create their own treasure hunts with clues that lead from one treasure to the next.
Build your own box town
If you’ve got some cardboard lying around, then get the kids to lay it all out on the floor and design their own town. They can draw roads and parks, houses and buildings. Let their imaginations run wild. And then unleash all your toy cars, trains, animals and building blocks upon the scene and watch them play happily for hours.
Create a cubby house
Upend the furniture and let your kids’ creativity come to the fore with rugs, pillows and cushions. Building an indoor cubby house can take all morning – they can have their mid-morning snack of fruit and crackers in there, they can take their favourite books and toys in there, they can even have a nap in there if they fancy!
Have a team tidy-up
When was the last time that you and your children sorted through the craft cupboard or the toy tub? Turn the chore of tidying up into a fun game of discovery – your children might find some games that they haven’t seen for a while, which will then give them something else to do. Just be warned, though: a tidy up often ends up creating more mess, as new toys come out and kids get distracted. But that’s OK … you can always clean up at the end of the day.
Google "How to draw..."
There are some amazing resources on the web to inspire your children. Whether it’s drawing, singing, baking, or some other hobby that they love, being stuck inside is the perfect time to practice, practice, practice. Many hobbies – such as baking – tick off on a whole range of school subjects, from maths and science to English, too.
Write letters to loved ones
Everyone loves to receive a personal letter or card in the post. Now, more than ever, is a great time to send care packages to loved ones. Just picture the joy on grandparents’ faces when they find a handwritten note in the letterbox! Or how excited one of your children’s friends would be if they found a letter from your child addressed to them.
Getting active indoors
Your children will still need to let off some steam, particularly if other sporting activities are on-hold at the moment. If you have the space at home, set up an obstacle course for them to clamber over. Or have a dance session with everyone’s favourite tunes cranked up. Games like Simon Says and Statues are great to get little bodies moving. Older children might like the challenge of age-appropriate circuits like star jumps, burpees and more – again, just Google it and you’ll find loads of fun ideas for staying active indoors.