There’s never been a better time to have some ideas to hand to keep the kids busy indoors. Entertaining little ones can be a big challenge, which is why we’ve pulled together some great indoor ideas for you to keep up your sleeve!
Why not get your little one’s creative juices flowing by helping them create works of art? Dig out paper and card and all the colouring pencils, crayons, and felt tips. You’ll be able to create memories that’ll last a lifetime! For added excitement, why not encourage the kids to pick up a paint brush? Watercolour and acrylic paints are particularly good because they’re easy to use and fast drying. Paint brushes, sketch pads and canvases will let the colour flow whenever the mood takes.
Scrapbooks are also great for keeping little ones entertained. Encourage them to stick in bits and bobs from their adventures – think family pics, tickets from days out and dried flowers from the garden.
2. How to make your own Easter bonnet
With Easter coming up, why not have a go at this? Easter bonnets are loads of fun to make and a great way for kids to use their imagination and get creative. Decorate with shredded tissue paper, fluffy chicks, bunny decorations, Easter embellishments or whatever you can find in the home for a cracking creation they can wear every time they head off for an Easter egg hunt in the garden! Take a look at our video below to find out how
3. Craft your own Easter box
Keeping with the Easter theme, another craft idea is decorating an Easter box. All you’ll need is an empty egg carton, Easter de“““““““““““““`corations and chocolate eggs! It’s great for kids of all ages to get involved in.
4. Bring the outdoors inside
Bring your tent indoors! Tents make the ideal den for playing in inside, and they’re also perfect for a ‘camping adventure’ in your back garden! Paddling pools work equally well indoors…when they aren’t filled up with water! Replace the water with balls to make your very own ball pit. You could even cut fish shaped blue card, add them to the pool with some shredded paper (to make the water) pull up a chair and spend the day fishing with a makeshift rod! We’re thinking broom with string on the end, but you could use anything to hand!
5.Bake your own Easter cupcakes
It never hurts to get your little ones domesticated early, and we’ve got just the thing. Why not have a go at baking tasty cupcakes with the kids? These delicious cupcakes are quick and easy to prepare, and don’t take long to bake!
- Preheat oven to gas mark 4/180˚C/ fan 160˚C.
- Line a 12-hole bun tin with cupcake cases.
- In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs one by one and then add the flour and vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
- Put the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cakes have risen and are firm.
- Place the cupcakes out of their tins and onto a cooling rack.
- For the icing, beat the butter until it’s soft, then beat in the icing sugar until you have a soft buttercream.
- Divide the mix into 3 portions and colour each one pale pink, green or yellow.
- Ice the cakes with the different colours, either using a palette knife or piping it on.
- Decorate edible Easter decorations of your choice.
6. Bring out retro games and jigsaws
Dig out your pack of playing cards and teach them some of your childhood favourites. Whether it’s Snap, Pairs or something more complex like Bridge (now that’ll keep you going!) card games are super fun, especially as the whole family can get involved.
7. Make a family time capsule
Time capsules are great fun to make, hide and find many years down the line. It’s dead easy making a family time capsule, all you’ll need is a strong watertight container and a few objects for the capsule. Try to pick an object that represents each member of the family, for example a few football stickers, photographs, old toys and maybe even some newspaper cuttings.
Write a letter to go into the box, just make sure it includes the date, and details of who you are – and include information about what life is like in 2020, which will be interesting for other people if they find the capsule many years down the line. When you’re happy with your capsule, bury it in your garden, place it under a floorboard or put it in the attic!
We all know that studying is an essential for kids’ development, but it can be a hard one to crack – especially from home! Reward your little ones when they’ve completed studying – it’ll provide the motivation they need. Look for homework help and revision books, covering everything from basic phonics to Key Stage 2 English, Science and Maths to help with the key basics.
And if your little one is too young for exercise books, opt for activity books to keep them happy. From superheroes to princesses, animals to vehicles – no matter what they’re in to, activity books are brilliant for helping kids get creative whilst improving hand-eye coordination.
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