101 Things To Do With Kids Indoors & In Your Garden
As of next week we’re nearly all going to be having a lot more time at home with our kids. With the current situation in mind, I thought it was a good time to share some ideas for fun and easy things that you can do with kids indoors, or (if you have one) in your garden.
101 things to do at home!
Make playdough (loads of recipes online)
Grab a torch and make shadow puppets on the walls
Fold a piece of paper accordion-style, cut out paper dolls holding hands then colour them in
Indoor obstacle course (create zig zag laser lines in the hallway with string and get the kids to wriggle underneath or hop inbetween them)
Make a den under the kitchen table and take in torches, cushions and snacks
Think of five things beginning with a letter
Junk model – make an animal or an alien out of empty tissue boxes and toilet rolls (see our attempt at the end!)
Have an empty chocolate box? Make pretend chocolates out of plasticine to go in it
Build a spaghetti and marshmallow tower
Put on a show!
Line a baking tray with foil, fill it with water and freeze – it’s an ice rink for toys, or a science experiment to see which items have the most traction when you slide them around
Finger painting – draw faces onto your prints afterwards to create bugs, people and more
Make flower perfume with water and flowers in the garden
Gather leaves, paint them and press them onto paper
Have a dance party! Glow sticks add extra fun.
Play hide and seek
Set a Lego challenge (can you build me a dinosaur? A spaceship?)
Write a story, or you write it for them from their ideas
Learn how to tie shoe laces
Teach them how to knit or sew
Write funny sentences onto slips of paper, fold them up and put them into a hat then pull them out one at a time, reading aloud to hear your hilarious story unfold!
Use up any old craft kits/colouring books
Make paper bag puppets
Bake something using simple ingredients
Make faces using bits and pieces from the garden
Choose a fairytale (or any book), and have each person pretend to be a character with one of you as an interviewer/journalist to ask you all questions. Make sure you answer them in character!
Do a simple science experiment such as a volcano, or pour lukewarm water over Skittles sweets on a plate to make a rainbow