How is everything going with you during this time of self-isolation? We’ve managed to get halfway through the April school holidays without too many dramas. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride where we all have our good and bad days. But overall my boys are spending their time alternating between outdoor play, screen time and fun activities we’re sharing in this blog below. There’s also a few general tips I’ve read and found helpful so I thought I’d include them too. I hope these ideas help you get through another day, week, fortnight or month during this unprecedented time.
Self-isolating Tips we Love
- If your kids are at home and they like routine then make up a daily schedule. This can include time for getting active, creative, learning, reading, screen time etc. We created a schedule which worked well when we were home schooling but not so well during the holidays.
- Switch off the news when your kids are at home. Focus on telling them accurate information about COVID-19 and only information they NEED to know. Clarify what they know and ask them if they have any questions.
- Keep stocking up on cheap art, craft, activity books and educational supplies to help prevent boredom. We purchased a gorgeous 1000 piece puzzle online from Kidstuff which is keeping our boys busy. I’ve also been stashing cardboard boxes and buying things like chalk, origami paper and masking tape from bargain shops which remain open.
- Maintain limits on screen time but don’t be too hard on yourself. Focus on the quality of what your kids are watching/doing not necessarily the length of time. Ensure they have frequent breaks to get up and moving.
- Involve your kids with helping clean out and organise their toys. They will find games and puzzles they never knew they had.
- Go back to basics and enjoy spending more quality time with your kids doing puzzles, playing board games and baking. You can also teach them life skills such as cooking dinner, stacking the dishwasher and doing the laundry.
- Remind your kids to try and focus on the positives. Perhaps they could start a gratitude journal and every day name three things they are grateful for.
50 Fun Activities to do at Home
Keep your kids active now sport has been postponed/cancelled:
1. Go on a family hike
2. Explore a new bike track as a family
3. Walk in your neighbourhood (looking out for teddy bears and rainbows in windows as you go)
4. Make up some backyard sport drills
5. Play retro games like hopscotch, skipping and elastics
6. Handball never gets old
7. Make up an obstacle course and time how fast your kids can complete it
8. Do daily challenges like how many times can you hit a tennis ball in the air without dropping it?
9. Everyone is loving the Joe Wicks’ home workouts on YouTube
10. Make up a nature scavenger hunt. Head to our Facebook Page for list ideas.
11. Challenge your kids to learn one of the tik tok dances like ‘Renegade’
12. Set up a mini golf course at home. Use plastic cups for holes and cans/food cartons can be used to make bridges for the ball to go under. Pool noodles are great for marking out a course
13. Teach yourself a new scooter trick
Indoor activities for a rainy day:
14. LEGO is a lifesaver. Head here for endless LEGO activity ideas. My boys favourite activity is to build something from a small random collection of Lego I give them. We have a few rules like two swaps with each other or you can get five additional pieces out of the Lego sack.
15. Set up a treasure hunt with cryptic clues and a treat at the end
16. Google educational apps and Netflix shows for your kids specific age group
My boys aged 8 and 10 years enjoy:
- Go Noodle app
- GarageBand app
- ‘You Versus Wild’ interactive Netflix series
- Minute to Win It
17. Have a family movie night. Choose a new movie and make popcorn and pizza. Our favourite movies are Paper Planes and Wonder.
18. Watch the special free 60 minute Cirque du Soleil show on YouTube
19. Stack tumbling dominoes
20. Make an origami ninja star to throw. The instructions we googled are on our Facebook page.
21. Make your own boardgames to play as a family. Don’t forget to write the rules!
22. Challenge yourself to completing the Rubik cube +/- using a YouTube cheat video
23. Make a movie using Stop Motion App or IMovie app
24. Build a fort or cubby
25. Make the most of David Walliam’s free audio stories. Sketch your favourite character
26. Listen to a kids podcast
27. Google or make up a quiz on a topic your kids know and enjoy
28. Make birthday cards for upcoming family or friends birthdays
29. Have a picnic lunch on a blanket outdoors or indoors
30. Learn a new song or teach yourself how to play a new instrument. There are many free music courses online at the moment
31. Skype a friend, grandparent or cousin. Play a game together like charades or do a scavenger hunt where you have the same list of objects to find. The first person back to the screen with the object wins a point.
32. For easy craft inspiration click here
33. Have a dance party and play games like Freeze and Musical Chairs. Click here to find the pop songs that always get my boys up and moving
34. Schedule a bedroom makeover. Even just moving furniture into new positions can be exciting for kids
35. Make bath time the highlight of the day with extra bubbles or new bath toys. Just using plastic containers from the kitchen or old soap pump bottles can be fun.
36. A bag of balloons provides endless fun. See who can keep their balloon off the ground the longest
37. Play simple games using pen and paper like hangman
38. Take part in the Australia-wide rainbow trail by drawing or creating a rainbow to put in your window
39. Teach your kids how to read analogue time
40. Read a new book. My boys are loving Funny Kid and David Walliam’s books. For more inspo on boys’ books click here
41. Work through activity or NAPLAN books specific to your kids age. My 8 year old surprisingly loves these as he can earn stickers in the back of the book
42. Educate your kids about upcoming events such as ANZAC Day
43. Look at a world map and write a family travel bucket list. Put together an itinerary for your next planned trip
44. Learn a language for your next upcoming trip. Duolingo is a good app for this
45. Research important cultural customs for your next holiday destination
46. Find a new word and share it
47. Learn times tables you find difficult
48. Use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about feelings using this cool balloon activity
49. Go on an alphabet hunt finding an object that starts with each letter of the alphabet and write them down
50. Learn about science with epic experiments using ingredients from your pantry. The volcano experiment and making a bouncy egg by soaking it in vinegar are great, simple ones!
So there you have it … my way of giving back to the community during this challenging time. I’m also sharing an activity a day during the month of April on our Instagram Stories and Facebook Page. As well as other inspiring quotes and helpful resources I come across. Please feel free to add any more ideas or tips in the comments below and share this with your friends and family. We’re all in this together.
Stay safe, stay strong.