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You needn't be stuck for ideas to keep the children entertained with this lot. Get the M. We're all spending a lot more time at home at the moment which means we're having to come up with new ways to keep the kids entertained. With the absence of play dates, children's parties and their usual hobbies and activities, it can all start to feel a little dull. From arts and crafts to nature trails and a whole load of festive fun, we've got all sorts of ideas to keep kids of all ages entertained.
Set up by mum Claire Balkind, it has already amassed more than a million members and is growing by the day. Most parents can remember building a den asusually with nothing more than a table, some cushions and a sheet.
Let your child's imagination run wild as they pretend to go camping or try to keep warm inside their very own igloo. You could always be the scary animal on the outside of the tent. And if you've got a torch don't forget to make some animal shadows too.
Kids of all ages would love the chance to decorate their own den. It can be used inside or out, depending on the weather, and can be decorated with paints, pens, glitter, felt shapes, fabrics and more. That's because families have been busy painting and drawing them as a display of togetherness and to give children something to spot while out on their walks. But you don't have to stop at paint or crayons. Cara Ghiglieri's children Scarlett and Leo main image made an amazing rainbow using cardboard and scrunched up crepe paper.
Here's where that crepe paper comes in again. Basically criss cross it from one wall to another, leaving just small gaps for the kids to climb through. See if they can make it through the course without tearing the paper. Children can make all sorts of des with Hama Be. Whether it's a Minion, an animal, or Harry Potter, there are all kinds of patterns they can copy off the internet. Once they've created it on a plastic peg board, it's your job to iron it and make it stick together. You can easily make them into keyrings or magnets too.
You can get lots of other sets too, from mermaid des to glow in the dark be. If your children like drawing there's lots of inspiration around at the moment, with illustrators offering free online tutorials to help them improve. A popular one is DrawWithRob, a website from author and illustrator Rob Biddulph, who's written books including Grrrrr! His videos, showing children how to create everything from a sausage dog to their very own Fred Bear, are easily accessible on his website here. Children have been sharing their finished drawings with him online using the hashtag DrawWithRob.
Pebble art has been quite a thing over recent years, with people decorating rocks and leaving them in parks and other places for people to find. Given the current climate, people aren't sharing them at the moment, but that isn't stopping families having lots of fun decorating them. Something as simple as felt tips does the trick on lighter rocks, with children decorating them however they want - some making funny faces out of them. If you want them to last longer outside then you'd be better using acrylic paint coated with varnish to give an extra layer of protection. Play-Doh is another old favourite and can keep them entertained for hours.
Whether they want to make their own dinosaur, elephant, car or castle, the possibilities are endless. If you can manage not to stress about the colours being mixed together it can be a whole lot of fun. And if you haven't got any Play-Doh it's pretty simple to make your own. All you need is:. Mix the flour and salt then add the water, oil and food colouring. Knead the mixture well, adding a little more flour if the consistency is too wet.
If you've got an old roll of wallpaper, or any other paper for that matter, lie your little one down on it and draw around them. Amazing how long they will spend colouring themselves in afterwards. They might also want to make a wallpaper mum, dad or sibling too. And why not? He then chose a different organ of the body each day to research, draw and stick onto the body with a key fact underneath. The art of letter writing seems to be making a comeback as people are forming penpal groups to write to other children.
If you want to keep it local - and make sure they're coming from a trusted group - then lots of Facebook groups have been sharing ones in their areas. Failing that you could suggest it to the parents at school to get the children writing to one another while they're off. To help combat feelings Want some fun this afternoon separation during social distancing, the toy brand has released a of free postcard templates to download from its website.
The brand is also sharing regular free activity content on its social media channels including quizzes, games, colouring-in sheets, dance challenges and more. Parents can follow BBsBoredomBusters to find new activities each day. Not only will growing your own vegetables keep the kids busy for a while, but it might save you some trips to the shop too.
Want some fun this afternoon of retailers sell kits to get you started, such as Original OrganicsAmazonDobies and more.
If it's good enough for Daddy Pig then it's good enough for us. Most of us have got an old potato lying at the bottom of the cupboard. Hopefully it will still be in a fit enough state to carve a shape from to use as a paint stamp. Make some patterns and you could end up with a piece of art to treasure. Another thing to help brighten our homes at this time is a sun catcher and they're relatively cheap to pick-up. These come with the mini paint pots too.
For daily survival tips up to our new newsletter Lemon-Aid here. It might not be Easter time, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun decorating some eggs. If you don't mind using up some of your precious groceries then hard boil a couple and get creative. If not then there are plenty of craft sets you can buy with eggs to colour in and decorate.
These ones were made with the insides of Kinder Eggs, but you could easily make them by colouring in or painting some toilet roll tubes yellow. Stick-on googly eyes work a treat, or you could draw them on. Either way you'll end up with a pretty impressive Kevin or Bob. Who doesn't like watching the birds feed in the garden, especially when there's little else happening at the moment. Families have been busy making their own bird feeders too, using just a large four-pint milk bottle. Felt tips is all you need to colour the plastic, but people have been sticking paper, feathers and other things on to make them bright and colourful.
It's quite easy to turn a big cardboard box into their very own car and they can help paint it too. Stick a cushion inside, give them some movie snacks, stick a film on and there you have it. We've all got a bit more time on our hands so why not use it to get the kids learning how to tell the time properly - by making their own clock. You could do it with just paper and a pin to attach the hands, or cardboard or a paper plate would do the trick.
Give each child a bag with a list on showing what they have to find - a leaf, a flower, a stick, a stone - you get the picture. And if you want to stay indoors then why not hide some Want some fun this afternoon or words around the house. They can find them and then use them to make words and sentences.
They won't even realise they're learning. There are lo of ideas for nature scavenger hunts from the Woodland Trust here. Not all children are happy for their precious playdoh creations to be squashed - step forward our trusty Fimo. They can use this modelling clay in the much the same way - to make all manner of creations - but it gets baked in the oven, so they get to keep their masterpiece forever or until they decide to chuck it.
Like with Hama Be, these can also easily be turned into magnets and keyrings so maybe they could make some to give to friends and family when they get to see them again. There are lo of gingerbread house kits available at this time of year. They're in most big supermarkets, or you can order one for less than a fiver from eBay. These are pretty simple so children can do most of it themselves. Simply make the icing and they can use it to stick the sweets around their creation. If they don't eat them first that is.
If you've got a bug lover then they'll love getting out in the garden to find some snails, slugs and any other creatures hanging around. Collect them, maybe get a microscope to have a good look at them and set them free until your next hunt. If you're thinking on a bigger scale, then the RSPB has a guide to making your own bug hotel here.
If you want to find out a bit more about the creatures in your garden former BBC1 presenter Andy Johnson has been making free interactive films for primary school kids on gardens and nature. You may already have a puppet show or some puppets you could use inside a cardboard box.
If not, then get an old sock and make your own. Whether you have some stick-on googly eyes or just some scraps of paper, you can make your own character that your child will love. It's always lovely to get hand prints and foot prints from your little ones to capture that moment in time. Why not get the whole family involved like Natalie Jones did here - creating a picture from the hand prints of everyone in the house.
She just needs a frame big enough to fit it in now.
There's not much you can't create with a cardboard box, but mum Anna Taggart made it extra special for her kids Noah and Mason by making their very own McDonald's drive-thru. Using just felt tips and crayons - and even putting a speaker on the side of it - they used their Little Tikes car to pull up and make their orders. The six-year-old was missing her McDonald's while living in lockdown, so he made his own version for her with fries, dippers and a fruit drink with a toy - and it came complete with a mini bottle of ketchup in a box labelled 'McDaddy'.
People are keeping their Christmas trees up for the kids to decorate with their crafts - and why not. You can't beat a handmade card from the kiddies either, especially if you're able to send them to relatives you might not be seeing for a while. They can be as detailed or as basic as you like, but it's another excuse to get those hand prints and footprints out again. From cupcakes to cake pops, there's no end to the sweet creations you can cook up with your little ones. Keep it basic for younger ones, with cornflake cakes or decorating gingerbread, while older children might be ready tackle a more complicated recipe themselves.
Now this one couldn't be simpler and it'll get them writing and practising their spellings without them even knowing. Basically pick any subject like girls' names, boys' names or even chocolate bars and they have to write one down for each letter of the alphabet. You could even get the kids to see who can do it the fastest, if you can handle the fallout that is. It might not sound that interesting but there's all kinds of games you can play with paper cups.
See who can stack them the highest without them falling, see who can knock them all down with a ball. You could have points for getting the ball inside different cups and see who can get the most, or play the child's version of beer pong where they have to drink whatever's inside the cup it lands in. Make sure you're supervising this one! Dad-of-three Steven Erskine decided to make his own local version - Poynton Monopoly - to encourage their two oldest children, Anna, 18, and nine-year-old Thomas to play it together during the first lockdown.
All it took was the back of a cereal box and some felt tips and it can be replicated for any area - putting in all the landmarks your children will recognise.
If you've got a few children they can enjoy a tea party together, but even only children can enjoy it with a bit of imagination. Sarah Bicknell's daughter Millie has never wanted a party before - until this year when she wanted to celebrate her fifth birthday with friends. Unable to do that she invited her toys along instead - giving each of them their own invitation and setting it up ready for the special day. They enjoyed a treasure hunt in the garden and pass the parcel. We can probably guess who won the prize! You don't need a mindfulness colouring book when you've got some kitchen towel to hand.
Using fine felt tips you can colour in the dots in different colours. Who knew kitchen roll could look so good. Ask your child to get their favourite animals or characters out and they can easily draw around the shadows.Want some fun this afternoon
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