Whilst we all know lockdown is necessary to keep our loved ones safe, there’s no escaping the fact that it can be pretty boring at times; not to mention the impact it can have on your mental health. Staying busy and keeping up your morale with fun activities is key to staying happy during lockdown - which is why we’re making it our mission to share 5 fun ideas a week for you to try at home. We’ll be creating a new article packed with new activities every Monday until lockdown is lifted so without further ado let’s dive in our fifth week of activities. As it's half term we'll be focusing on fun things that the whole family can enjoy this week!
Part of the organisations ‘Family Fest Online’ half term event, this fun dance class is a great way for your little ones to keep active. Suitable for children of any ability, each session will feature different music and a variety of easy to learn routines. Click here to get your tickets and dance your way through half term.
With Pancake Day taking place during half term, cooking up some tasty pancakes with the family is an easy win for parents looking for engaging activities for their children. Not only do kids love pancakes but cooking is a great skill for them to learn. It’s also a fairly inexpensive activity, requiring only a few basic ingredients. A pinch of healthy competition could also add to the fun; why not see who can make the best pancake?
In an age of screens, things like pillow forts may seem like a thing of the past but we think your little ones will love this activity. All you need to get started is pillows, a few blankets/throws and a lot of imagination! Try giving bringing the fort to life by coming up with your own back story for its existence. For example: You need to project the king and queen from a giant dragon and only the best fort in the land will do!
This one is super easy to create and, if done well, should keep your children entertained for a good while. If you want make the hunt a little more complex then try hiding the actual items in more difficult to find places but leaving easy to find clues around the house. Having a prize for finding all the items would be a nice touch if possible but not necessary. A new book from Waterstones or WHS Smith would work well as it’s another activity your kids can enjoy after the scavenger hunt is over.
Grab the popcorn, get cosy and settle in for an evening of movies and quality time with your family. Try to involve your children as much as possible with the organisation process. What snacks should you have? What movie are you going to watch? There’s plenty of family friendly content readily available on popular streaming services but if you’d like to support a cinema in Nottingham then you may want to take a peek at Broadway Cinema’s new rent on demand service. ‘Come Away’ looks particularly fun and is available to rent right now.
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