During this period of self-isolation and home learning, we understand that it will be paramount to keep our children entertained and intellectually challenged. Therefore, in addition to the web pages regarding home learning that have been posted on the website, we have compiled some ideas for fun and creative ways to pass the time. We have also attached instructions for a variety of fun crafty ideas and various links to websites that might inspire you and your family. We will continue to add to this page so watch this space!
- Read books and magazines– pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read, or download the Kindle app onto your device and check out the huge selection of books on Amazon. There are also magazine apps where you can read digital versions of your favourite magazines
- Write a short story or start writing a novel– they say everyone has a book inside of them!
- Write a poem or song– channel your inner poet or songwriter
- Create an uplifting playlist on Spotify or Youtube
- Learn a new skill– check out Skillshare for TONS of online courses. Or for free stuff, YouTube is a great place to look for tutorials. 2months FREE unlimited access.
- Paint or draw something– there are lots of step-by-step guides online teaching you how to draw
- Start a journal– whether it is a bullet journal, an art journal, or just an old fashioned diary to jot down your thoughts.
- Plant vegetable seeds and start a food garden
- Do a crossword puzzle
- Play a board game– check the attic for old board games you’ve not played for years. Dust them off and play some games!
- Declutter areas of your house
- Bake a Cake
- Sit in your garden/yard and breathe the fresh air
- Organise your wardrobe– you may not be able to donate right now, but it’ll be ready for when you can
- Do a jigsaw puzzle– either a real one or download an app and solve a digital jigsaw
- Get up and dance like no one is watching– get your groove on! It’s good for the soul and keeps you active too.
- Exercise– there are lots of free workouts on YouTube – pick one to your fitness level.
- Phone or video a friend/family member– you may not be able to meet in person, but you can still speak to and see each other online.
- Play card games– classic card games like Snap, Rummy, Crazy Eights, Go Fish or even Uno.
- Watch your DVD collection– if you still have a stack of DVDs, go through and watch them all!
- Have a nap– sleeping is good, sleeping is healing
- Have an indoor picnic– or even go out into your back garden/yard.
- Build a blanket and sofa fort
- Scrapbook your old photographs
- Read books out loud– reading stories isn’t just for kids at bedtime – take it in turns as a family to read a chapter or a paragraph (depending on the book)
- Turn your video clips into home movies– there are free apps for your phone/tablet that you could try
- Dress up in your nicest outfit and have a dinner date at home– get the family involved
- Set up a family scavenger hunt
- Play a musical instrument– maybe you learned to play one in school and still have the instrument in your attic? Or maybe you bought a guitar and said you would learn how to play it? Now’s the time!
- Have a sing-along– singing is good for the soul!
- Play with Lego– everyone has some Lego in their house somewhere!
- Take photographs– learn how to use your camera or get creative with your phone camera. There are tons of opportunities for photography inside your home.
- Have an at-home spa day
- Play Charades
- Construct something from toilet roll tubes
- Origami – Origami activities
- Do some colouring– there are lots of colouring sheets that you can download online.
- Make a magazine– my sister and I used to do this when we were kids, it was so much fun!
- Make cupcakes
- Make homemade pizza – Pizza Recipe
- Film a “Cooking Show” while making dinner
- Play balloon volleyball
- Go through a list of must-watch movies
- Go through a list of must-read books
- Deep clean your house/room
- Write down your goals and what you will do to achieve them
- Rearrange a room
- Invent a board game
- Learn a new language– I’ve been learning Spanish with Duolingo
- Make a time capsule
- Write a letter or email to someone– or even to your future self
- Bake cookies
- Have a fashion show
- Home Science Experiments –20 Fun Science Experiments
- Explore Google Earth– much of the world might be locked down for travel, but you can still explore the world virtually
- Help at home– Ask your parents/carers how you can help at home.
- Take a trip down Memory Lane– speak to your parents/carers or even grandparents about a memory about their childhood.
- Play pencil and paper games– such as Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman, Etc.
- James Dyson Engineers Challenge Cards – Challenge Card Download
You could also use this time to teach your child some essential life skills such as:
- How to sew a button on;
- How to put oil and screen wash into a car;
- How to use the washing machine and / or dishwasher;
- How to fold laundry;
- How to clean and complete other household chores
- How to cook basic dishes; and
- How to do basic DIY such as hammering a nail into a wall.