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Coronavirus: 50 things to do with children indoors or at home




Families across Norfolk will be attempting a new version of 'normal' from this week as schools are shut, attractions close and everyone is urged to follow strict social distancing or self isolation measures.

If you're looking for a mountain of ideas to keep the kids busy indoors, here are 50 things you can perhaps try from home...

A home-made bird feeder for the garden.
A home-made bird feeder for the garden.

In the garden...

1 Create a garden obstacle course

2 Go on a bug hunt

3 Plant sunflower seeds and organise a family competition

4 Use pavement chalks on the patio or a brick wall

5 Make a bird feeder or fat balls for the birds

6 Plant bulbs or seeds

7 Enjoy a penalty shoot out competition

8 Make leaf art or collages

9 Make boats from twigs and see if they will float

10 Take part in a garden birdwatch

Make use of all the arts and crafts you have at home.
Make use of all the arts and crafts you have at home.

Arts and crafts...

11 Make a scrapbook

12 Collect items for a time capsule to remember your unusual time at home

13 Try potato stamps

14 Paint a family portrait

15 Make your own salt dough

16 Try some junk modelling

17 Follow an online doodle lesson

18 Colour a picture

19 Make sock puppets

20 Try paper mache with flour and water

Get out the board games for some family fun.
Get out the board games for some family fun.

Games...

21 Try a treasure hunt around the house

22 Play snakes and ladders

23 Try an indoor hopscotch

24 Do a puzzle

25 Play a game of top trumps

26 Learn a family card game

27 Play a game of 'Would you rather'

28 Create a memory test game with objects on a tray

29 Play matching pairs or snap

30 Make paper aeroplanes and see who can fly them the furthest

Try cooking dinner or baking together.
Try cooking dinner or baking together.

Get active...

31 Try an online yoga course

32 Join Joe Wicks for morning PE

33 Have a family talent show

34 Sing karaoke

35 Record a video message or facetime family or friends

36 Set up a camp or indoor den

37 Learn a dance routine

38 Have a fashion show - with family members swapping wardrobes for added humour!

39 Cook dinner together

40 Have an indoor dance party or kitchen disco

Allow for plenty of quiet time each day, particularly near bedtime.
Allow for plenty of quiet time each day, particularly near bedtime.

Quiet time...

41 Read a bedtime story aloud to the family

42 Enjoy a family movie night

43 Listen to an audio story

44 Build something from LEGO

45 Write a letter to a friend or relative

46 Try a wordsearch or crossword

47 Watch a nature documentary

49 Play an online game or app

49 Read your favourite book

50 Draw pictures or write messages of hope to be displayed in your front windows


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