Looking for activities at home to save you from boredom? Here’s how to have some fun with the kiddos while you’re stuck indoors.
We don’t know about you, but this whole coronavirus pandemic has meant we’ve experienced the challenges of working from home, teaching the kids and racking our brains for entertaining and educational indoor activities to do with the kids. Let’s be real for a sec: parenting during this unprecedented time is wild – it’s easy to lose your cool. And in self-isolating times like these, we could certainly do with a whole list of recommendations for the kids to while away their time, so that we have time to check in with our partners and order takeaway for once (yay to not having to cook every day!). So, here’s our ultimate guide to keeping the kids occupied during the pandemic with our list of activities at home. Have fun!
Fun activities at home with kids
1. Make your own slime
We’ll admit, we’ve never quite understood why our little ones enjoy playing with slime. But what we do love about it is that it stimulates the senses, is super easy to make and doesn’t bust a hole in our wallets. If you’re looking to DIY your own batch, check out the instructions in our article here.
And, if you’re looking for more DIY sensory play ideas, we’ve got a whole bunch of them. Guaranteed fun for hours on end.
2. Keep them ‘appy with these tablet and phone apps
A show of hands if you’ve ever said you were going to be that parent who limits your kid’s screen time. Yeah, you can bet we’ve said that too. But give yourself a break: there are plenty of tablet and phone applications that will not only keep the young ‘uns entertained, but are educational, too. We’ve got a couple of suggestions that are perfect for toddlers when they’re getting squirmy. We love Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann, where a host of 21 animals animations will respond to your swipes. Great for animal lovers!
Psst, you can even download apps that teach the tots how to code like a pro. The possibilities are endless!
3. Write a letter to a pen pal
Want to teach the kids about other cultures in the world? Well, there’s a great way to do so: pen pals! Not only does it broaden their world, but it can also help the littlies improve their penmanship, build lifelong friendships and develop their social and language skills. You could get the ball rolling by contacting other parents, or by contacting one of several organisations who could connect your tyke to a friend abroad. This is one of those activities at home that will give potentially years of enjoyment!
4. Cook something up in the kitchen with the kids
Kill two birds with one stone! Entertain the kiddos and feed them at the same time by teaching them a skill or two in the kitchen by making some delish bites. You could get them to help you make this super easy spaghetti sauce, these scrumptious chicken and carrot nuggets or some banana and chocolate muffins – mmmmm, nomz! (Or, the ever-popular lockdown favourite: bread).
Psst, if it’s really hot out, make some popsicles. Fingers crossed the kids are patient enough to wait for their frozen treat. One of our tastiest activities-at-home ideas, for sure!
5. When in doubt, turn on the telly
Television isn’t our preferred choice of activity for the kids, but desperate times call for desperate measures! Our guilty pleasure? Watching TV! Thankfully there are educational TV shows for kids of all ages. The little ones can learn about patterns and numbers while the older kids can learn more about planet Earth and history. Edutainment at its finest, we think!
Looking for other options for activities at home with kids? You could also scour the Internet and YouTube for informational videos for the tykes. From learning about deep-sea animals and space to getting your craft on with five-minute crafts and Sesame Street, finding something to do will be a breeze. Alternatively, you could always cuddle on the couch, make some microwavable butter popcorn and pop on a flick or movie marathon! Our pick? Feel good and hilarious movies like Jumanji, Honey! I Shrunk the Kids or The Sound of Music. The kiddies will be singing do-re-mi for weeks to come…
6. Band together and play a board game
Board games are, perhaps, one of the best family-friendly activities to do as a family. They provide hours of good fun and entertainment, and teach the kids how to be part of a team, too (well, sometimes). And there are plenty of options you could choose from: there’s the reliable murder-mystery Cluedo, the nerve-wracking game of Jenga or attempting to eradicate diseases in Pandemic (too real?). Our go-to? Uno – because nothing’s as fun as being crowned the Ultimate Uno Champion. Whichever you pick, we’re sure you’ll have great fun!
7. Pick one of these sofa-bulous activities to do
Some days, parenting all day is just way too much – it truly takes a village to raise a child! Feeling the strain and just need some mum time to yourself while the kids are busy working on an activity? Here are some suggestions: you could help the kids build a fort where they can chill in, let them play on their own or even work on a puzzle! Or, you could let them work on their artistic abilities by drawing you as you pose for them. We recommend following in the footsteps of this parent (who recently went viral with this ingenious idea). All you need to do is “pose” in a sleeping position and take a well-deserved nap while the kids work away…
8. Find a nook and read a book
We love reading! And it’s a hobby we hope to pass on to the littlies, too. And, there are plenty of books that are great for kids – we’re still obsessed with the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (and you can always pop on the movies after you’re done with the series!), any book by Roald Dahl or classics like Charlotte’s Web. We’ve also rounded up some great touchy-feely interactive books for toddlers so the littlies won’t feel left out, either.
Want to explore more titles? Head to one of our fave libraries for kids, or peruse The National Library Board (NLB)’s collection of e-books for you and the kids. Psst, don’t forget about their weekly storytelling sessions, too.
And if you need any recommendations for yourself, check out our monthly HoneyKids book club for great reads.
9. When in doubt, craft it out
The best thing about crafting is letting your creativity flow, and constructing projects out of anything you can find at home. Bonus points for recycling old materials like magazines, toilet rolls, plastic bottles and cardboard boxes. Plus, there are so many types of crafts you can work on with the kids – the possibilities are truly endless. Start with one of these projects, some paper crafts, or revisit an old favourite. Happy crafting!
10. Do some colouring
Don’t have a colouring book on standby? No problem – you can easily download and print free sheets from websites like Super Colouring. Want to change things up a little? Get the kids to finger paint instead!
11. Play dress-up with clothes from your donation pile
Here’s a great suggestion for activities at home the whole family can get onboard with. Take a page out of Marie Kondo’s book and decide if your clothes spark joy. Once you’re done with that, let the kids rummage through and play dress-up – they’ll love channelling their inner fashionistas.
12. Achieve inner zen with some yoga
Set aside some time to stretch it out and meditate with some yoga. If you’re looking for some poses you can do with the tykes, YouTube is a treasure trove! Breathe, and relax all your coronavirus worries away.
Need more rigorous and high-intensity activities? There are plenty of free apps and videos out there for you and the family to keep fit and stay healthy at home. Check out our list of favourite workouts to do with and without the kids. Or, you could join Singapore Sports Hub’s new seven-minute daily fitness programs.
13. Shop for new threads
There’s nothing like a spot of online retail therapy, right? We’ve started with the young ‘uns and pulled together a list of our fave places to buy kids’ clothes online. Need more shopping recommendations? We’ve got a list of the best online toy stores, our favourite maternity clothes brands and a whole list of online stores to help you stay sane.
14. Celebrate a lockdown birthday in style
Got a kiddo who’s celebrating a birthday during this Covid-19 time? Make their day extra special with these tips and tricks to spend a great birthday at home. Think: baking contest, hosting a virtual party, making your own cakes and of course, decorating the house in craft-worthy birthday garlands. The best part? You probably already have all the supplies you need.
15. Dance it out
Don’t like working out? Be a cool mum or dad and learn the hottest TikTok dances with the kiddos. It’ll burn off hours of your time (especially if you’re learning a toughie), and it’s a great way to bond with your tweens and teens, too. Definitely an option if you’re stumped over what to do with kids at home!
16. Take a virtual vacation
Miss hopping on flights and exploring a new city? Well, thanks to Skyscanner, you can keep your little ones entertained at home with these play packs that allow the young ‘uns to learn more about new destinations through quizzes, word searches and travel-inspired drawings.
17. Learn to draw animations
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to draw your favourite Disney characters or animals, then be sure to hop on over to Instagram to find out. Not only that, tons of artists now have regular Instagram Live workshops for kids to improve on their art skills – it’s great for their creativity and totally fun, too!
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18. Work on some science experiments
Boost the little one’s understanding and interest in science with some nifty science experiments you can do at home! Scour YouTube for some ideas, or you can check out Science Bob for some ideas to start out with. We also love checking out Steve Spangler’s experiment library for ideas, too. Go nuts!
Just always remember to wash your hands before and after each activity – stay safe!