Entertaining the children during isolation – the easy way.
Posted on 6th April 2020
Isolation isn’t always easy but it is vital, during this period some people may start getting cabin fever, especially if you have small children at home. To be honest. How many times can you hear, “I’m bored,” before you’re ready to snap?
Granite Transformations and TREND Transformations shares some easy and fun indoor activities for kids to keep them entertained during this period. We’ve even found some out-of-the-box ideas to give back to your community and to nature. Some may require a little help from you, but once you’re set up, it will be time to find yourself a quiet corner (wishful thinking) to enjoy some rest and relaxation.
Make a birdfeeder
This fun project is an easy and caring way to teach children about nature while keeping them busy indoors. The best part is after it’s placed outside, everyone can enjoy some birdwatching as the feathered friends feast from your garden or balcony.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- One pinecone (the bigger the better)
- Peanut butter
- Metal screw
- Bird seed
- String or twine
- Spread peanut butter onto the pinecone
- Pour birdseed into a bowl
- Coat pinecone with birdseed until it’s completely covered.
- Insert small screw into bottom of pinecone and secure twine (one for the parents I’m afraid).
- Hang pinecone (now a birdfeeder) outside.
Want to get the kids off the couch and off their phones? Try cranking up the music and have a karaoke and dance contest. Music and dancing are great indoor activities to keep kids active while giving them the opportunity to express themselves. You don’t have to purchase a karaoke machine if you don’t have one, youtube has loads of karaoke videos available to sink to or lip syncing to your favourite songs can be just as fun. Set the “stage” with toy microphones (hairbrush handles work just as well), put on some fun outfits and clear an area for a dance-off. Think of it as a modern-day version of musical chairs – without the chairs. They’ll need refreshments during and after their show, so be sure to keep water and snacks nearby.
Build a Fort
Kids love to build forts. And parents love homemade forts because they are a budget-friendly indoor activity to keep kids busy for hours. We say “budget-friendly” because you can build forts from items found around the house. All you need to do is gather any blankets along with all the pillows you can find. If you have any large boxes take them out, too. Boxes make great retreats. Give the kids some flashlights for extra fun and they’re ready to go. Either clear a space or allow the kids to find their own niche and let them build away.
Make Greeting Cards for Nursing Homes or the Homebound
Kids love to colour as a way of expressing themselves. Making handmade greeting cards is a heart-touching and thoughtful indoor activity to spread kindness to those who may be lonely or need their spirits lifted. Plus, it carves out family time while demonstrating the goodness of giving back to the community.
Have an Indoor Picnic
We may not be allowed outside right now but you can still keep the fun going inside by having an indoor picnic or if you are lucky enough why not use your garden. Lay a blanket on the floor and place pillows all around. Prepare your kids’ favourite finger foods, snacks and drinks and you’ll have a picnic setting within the comfort and safety of your home.
For more ideas on how to cope in isolation or to read more about how we, at Granite and TREND Transformations, are dealing with Covid-19 take a look at our blog. If you would like to talk through how you can improve your kitchen environment why not request a call back? Our Design consultants can give you a quote over the phone.