Summer’s nearly here! Lockdown may be easing and attractions are opening up again but at some point your child will inevitably say ‘I’m bored!’, so here is a list of 50+ ideas to keep them entertained whilst at home.
At Home ‘Events’:
- Put on a festival: Wear fancy dress, paint your faces, dance to some music and have a BBQ.
- Perform a play: Dress up, rehearse and then perform your play (either in person or over FaceTime / Zoom).
- Organise a talent show: Show off your dance, singing, magic and circus skills.
- Arrange a sports day: Compete with siblings in events such as the long jump, egg & spoon, and sack race.
- Have a tea party: Make it an event by dressing up to eat scones and drink tea (or juice) from a tea pot.
- Go camping in the garden: eat toasted marshmallows, star gaze and try to spot bats flying overhead.
- Have a day at the ‘beach’: If you have a paddling pool and a sand pit you’re all set for an at home day at the beach.
Active and Outside:
- Make an obstacle course – see if you can improve your time on each attempt.
- Make a crepe paper obstacle course – try to get through the course without tearing any of the paper.
- Make a mini golf course using items from around the house/garden to create obstacles.
- Play garden games such as ring toss (quoits) and boules.
- Play tennis with balloons.
- Go on a scavenger hunt.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Feed the ducks.
- Have a water fight.
- Blow bubbles.
- Build a den.
- Wash the car!
Wildlife and Nature:
- Become a weather reporter by making your own rain gauge and wind vane.
- Plant seeds and watch them grow – make a measuring stick to see how tall your plants have grown.
- Make a collage using items from the garden such as twigs and leaves.
- Take leaf and bark rubbings.
- Decorate plant pots.
- Make a nature trail: Use stones and twigs to make arrows that guide your family to a hidden treasure.
- Make a nature documentary by filming the wildlife in your garden.
- Build a bug hotel.
- Make birdseed ornaments.
- Play board games.
- Play party games such as musical statues and the chocolate game.
- Complete the 30 day Lego challenge.
- Listen to ‘Story Time from Space’ (books being read by astronauts in space).
- Write postcards and send them to friends and family.
- Go on a virtual trip. There are lots available including online trips to the zoo, theme parks and museums.
- Draw your own comic or make a magazine.
- Make musical instruments from household items (e.g. rice in an empty bottle for a shaker and elastic bands round a tissue box for a guitar) and play along to your favourite songs.
- Keep active by doing a workout or having a dance contest in the living room.
- Try out different science experiments, such as making a volcano or lava lamp.
- Have a makeover – try on different clothes, style your hair, try out different make-up styles.
- Have a spa day – make homemade facemasks, paint your nails, put cucumber slices on your eyes and relax.
- Have a pyjama day – watch your favourite films and TV shows and enjoy lazing around!
- Design your own smoothie.
- Make pizza faces.
- Make fruit kebabs.
- Make ice-lollies.
- Bake and decorate biscuits and cupcakes.
- Help make the dinner.
Arts and Crafts:
- Paint rocks and hide them in community spaces (e.g. your local park) for other people to find. If you find a rock you can either keep it or hide it again for someone else to find. For more information you can go to ‘Love on the rocks UK’.
- Wallpaper people: Using leftover wallpaper, lie down on the paper and get someone to draw around you. Then colour/decorate the picture.
- Make salt dough jewellery: Mix together two parts flour to one part salt, add water to make a dough and then shape it anyway you like. If you want to make beads for a necklace or bracelet, use a chopsticks to make holes in your beads. Once you are finished shaping, bake the dough in a cool oven (120C) for 2-3 hours. When cool you can paint and thread your jewellery.
- Shadow drawing: On a sunny day take a small toy (e.g. dinosaur or action figure) outside and place it on the ground. Place a piece of paper where the shadow falls and trace round the edge of the shadow.
- Junk modelling: Use empty toilet rolls, cereal boxes and other waste to make robots, monsters, animals, cars, buildings…
- Vegetable painting: Use vegetables, such as potatoes cut in half, celery and broccoli, as paint brushes.
- Make puppets: You could use wooden spoons, socks, paper bags, paper plates, lollipop sticks, pipe cleaners, felt…whatever materials you have in the house.
- Chalk drawing: Draw pictures or make a hopscotch on the patio or pavement.
- Make a kite: Use garden canes, sugar or tissue paper and string to design your own kite.