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    Keeping children entertained during a coronavirus lockdown (COVID-19)

    With so much panic around a Coronavirus lockdown circulating, naturally our worries are starting to spread. 

    Panic buying has seen empty supermarket shelves and families scrabbling around for nappies, baby formula or medication. Parents are also beginning to panic that the government will close schools for weeks (or months) as part of a Coronavirus lockdown.

    Baby and toddler groups and special events are being postponed, and the usual places to take the kids are having to close their doors. Therefore, our lives as parents and carers may soon be unrecognisable. 

    For this reason, there has been a lot of chatter on social media asking how we will be able to keep the children entertained if we go into a Coronavirus lockdown due to the pandemic.

    Can we take the kids out of the house during Coronavirus lockdown?

    The Coronavirus situation is changing daily, so keep checking the latest Coronavirus updates.  

    Also keep an eye on the NHS website for medical advice, how to spot Coronavirus symptoms and the latest recommended guidelines. 

    It is likely that the UK may go into a Coronavirus lockdown at some point, and therefore only essential trips will be advised. Currently, however, there is no suggestion that you can’t go out with children. 

    The main point is to try to minimise contact with the ‘at risk’ group (over 60’s, people who are ill, those showing symptoms etc).

    In general, the advice is to stay at home for 7 days if you have coronavirus symptoms:

    • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
    • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

    Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

    Also, please remember that the elderly and vulnerable are also in need. Therefore, please do check in on anyone who you think might be at risk during this difficult time. 


    So how are we going to survive the lockdown with kids in the house?

    Aside from educational packs that are expected to be provided from schools, here are over 70 ideas to help keep your little ones busy whilst stuck indoors.

    Ideas to keep the kids entertained during the Coronavirus outbreak

    70+ ways to entertain the kids in a Coronavirus lockdown

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    Old school ‘free’ ideas

    1. Read books – go through the shelves, organise books and read one a day that you’ve not looked at for a while
    2. Learn to draw animals from shapes – look on YouTube for ‘how to’ videos
    3. Play in the mud/ jump in puddles
    4. Sort toys by category, type or colour
    5. Play hide a seek indoors
    6. Play charades
    7. Draw a picture and frame it
    8. Go on a garden search – look for worms, stones, shells etc.
    9. Have colour treasure hunts – hunt around the house for items of a colour and sort them into displays
    10. Paint rocks to hide in the garden
    11. Write letters – particularly to older relatives, friends or neighbours who may be feeling isolated
    12. Make a den or put a tent up indoors
    13. Look through boxes of old photos and organise them
    14. Have movie days – make a cosy bed on the floor and have a movie
    15. Learn new jokes
    16. Use washing up liquid or bubble mixture to make bubble snakes
    17. Have water play outside or in the bathroom
    18. Write a story and illustrate it
    19. Share housework and give kids simple tasks such as dusting
    20. Wash the car together
    21. Weed the garden
    22. Think of a topic and do a project on it – use the internet to research it and make a workbook or display
    23. Play shops with tins from the cupboards, plastic bags and receipts

    Free but needs a printer / basic craft supplies

    1. Turn a rock / potato into a character and make it a house
    2. Make a collage with different textures or pictures from magazines
    3. Do colouring – print colouring sheets from CBeebies, Milkshake or Pinterest, or buy a colouring book
    4. Download activity sheets to practise writing letters, maths, puzzles etc. – look for blogs with free worksheets
    5. Draw with chalk – on the patio or pavement
    6. Make your own Top Trumps – look or make up facts
    7. Do painting – paper, canvas or body painting (if using safe paints)
    8. Make play dough – find a simple DIY play dough recipe online
    9. Sew something – use string or wool, a needle and cardboard if you don’t have any specific equipment
    10. Make a card for someone
    11. Cut up pictures from a magazine to make your own jigsaws
    12. Plant seeds or bulbs in the garden 
    13. Play or download flash cards
    14. Make a melted crayon picture – look on Pinterest
    15. Make a robot from an old box

    Tech ideas

    1. Listen to podcasts – 500 Words, Science Adventure Stories for Kids, Rebel Girls, Bedtime Explorers, David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical podcast (look on Spotify, BBC Sounds, your phone’s podcast app)
    2. Write emails to friends if you can’t go out to post
    3. Download Cbeebies apps – Playtime Island, Go Explore, Storytime, Peter Rabbit, Numberblocks etc.
    4. Ask Alexa for games – look on the skills app for ideas of story-telling apps and quizzes
    5. Download educational apps – phonics, letter formation, numbers, reading etc.
    6. Make funny videos using Instagram or Snapchat filters
    7. Start a YouTube channel – record toy videos, cookery or acting out stories
    8. Create a time-lapse video of what happens in a day
    9. Facetime, Skype or video call friends and relatives who you may not being to see
    10. Watch educational videos together – Baby Einstein, school resources on YouTube etc.
    11. Go on journeys with Google Earth – look at places you go, your house, and places all around the world

    Buy some activity packs

    1. Find books for rainy days / crafty project books – from Amazon, The Works, Hobbycraft etc.
    2. Subscribe to educational boxes (at least for the 1st free trials and cancel before you are charged) e.g. Toucan Box, Mister Maker Box etc.Buy cheap activity sets – B&M, The Range, Home Bargains, Hobbycraft, Poundland or PoundToy.com
    3. Buy some comics or kids craft magazines that contain puzzles or creative ideas

    Play with toys already in the house

    1. Have a teddy or dolly picnic
    2. Make Lego, Duplo, Sticklebricks builds (and allow them to be left out)
    3. Make Hama Beads creations (loads of ideas on Pinterest for patterns)
    4. Play boardgames Set up a scene with figurines, Barbies or superheroes
    5. Play with sand
    6. Pack rucksacks with toys and play holidays in different places indoors
    7. Create a school and role play children and teachers

    Cook with the kids / Food

    1. Bake – look online for healthy snacks that your children can bake
    2. Get the kids involved in preparing meals e.g. making their own toast or cereal, sandwiches, supervised chopping etc.
    3. Ask the kids to create a menu and design their own restaurant or cafe
    4. Play with food colouring to experiment with colour mixing

    Performing arts / Exercise

    1. Learn to sing new songs
    2. Make music – use any instruments you have, or make your own from everyday items at home
    3. Learn dance moves from videos
    4. Learn to do a cartwheel or handstand
    5. Do yoga together – check out kids yoga on YouTube
    6. Do kids workouts – look at The Body Coach for his kids routines
    7. Make an obstacle course
    8. Make targets and use balls to try to hit them
    9. Act out your own version of a movie
  • InCrafty Kids

    Craft project: EASY DIY dreamcatcher craft for kids

    Do you ever wake up mid-dream, not able to remember the details, but know that you’ve missed out on the ending of a really awesome experience?

    I can still vividly remember a childhood dream of a GIANT bag of pick’n’mix just ready for me to devour. Literally the stuff of dreams. Unfortunately, I woke up and never got to taste the sugary goodness.

    GUTTED.

    What I needed was something to catch those dreams and turn them into reality.

    The history of dream catchers

    The inventors of the dream catchers must have had the very same dream about jelly sweets and come to the same conclusion.

    Ok, so perhaps it wasn’t pick’n’mix, that they were worried about, but the thought was there.

    According to my Google search, the Ojibwe clans (and later, Native American artists) made dreamcatchers from willow, sinew, feathers and beads. The idea was that good dreams would float through the spider web design, and down onto the sleeping children below. Bad dreams would get caught, only to disappear with the first rays of light in the morning.

    Nice idea, right?

    Dreamcatcher

    Dreamcatchers for any decor

    Typically, dream catchers are very natural and earthy in colour, or the other end of the spectrum; overtly pink and fluffy.

    So what if you want a dreamcatcher to suit a different colour scheme? Say, that of a ‘boys’ room?

    Then you follow my tutorial below to make your own.

    Really easy DIY dreamcatchers

    This tutorial is a simple craft activity that you can do with little or no special equipment. It’s also a great one to do because it doesn’t need to be too neat or perfect. Ideal for me and my perfectionist mind!

    What you’ll need

    • A wooden or metal hoop (available online or from a craft shop)
    • Wool, thread or string
    • Ribbons
    • Feathers
    • Beads
    • Glue gun or tape

    How to make

    1. Take your hoop and wrap ribbon or wool around it. Secure it with tape or a glue.
    2. Tie one end of your wool or string, and wind it around the outside of the hoop, moving it as you go to form a spiders web design. Remember that it doesn’t need to be too neat. Secure the other end of the wool.
    3. Cut bits of wool, string or ribbons to different lengths and tie onto the bottom end of the hoop in a mixed up order.
    4. Add beads and feathers to decorate as you choose.
    5. You can also add pom poms, artificial flowers, butterflies or foam letters to the hoop to add extra features.
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  • InMusuems and art galleries, Parks and playgrounds, Soft play centres, Swimming pools

    Top indoor fun for rainy days in Warwickshire

    It feels like the weather is playing tricks on us at the moment.

    Just as I suggest we go to the park or pop into the garden, it chucks it down. 

    When it’s horrible outside, I can be tempted to just pop the telly on, grab a blanket, pop the kettle on and let everyone just chill out for a few hours.

    Sometimes we all need a bit of downtime, so an abysmal weather forecast can be just the excuse I need.

    I know all too well however, how quickly cabin fever sets in.

    Sitting inside watching the same old Peppa Pig on repeat can drive both the adults and the kids insane. It’s no good for anyone. 

    So sometimes, no matter how torrential it is outside, I have to admit defeat and find other ways to entertain the kids on rainy days.

    Places to go on rainy days in Warwickshire 

    Here are my ideas of places to take the kids in Warwickshire on wet rainy days:

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    We went over here today and the kids had a great time! The flumes are out of action but the wave machine, water slides and toddler and baby pools are all great. Parking wasn’t brilliant (on road) and changing rooms not the most modern, but I can overlook that for the amount of fun the kids had. My 2 loved it (aged almost 5y and 18m). #repost @leicester_leys ・・・ #leicesterleys #swimming #pool #swimmingpools #familyswim #leicester #leicestershire #waterslide #familyfunday #warwickshirekids #familydaysout #daysout #daysoutwithkids #familyweekend #daysoutwithkidswarwickshire #warwickshire #warwickshiremum #warwickshirefamilies #activitieswithkids #activitiesforkids #funwithkids #kids #thingstodoinwarwickshire #rainydayactivities #kidsactivities #familydaysoutinwarwickshire #thingstodoinwarwickshire #thingstodoinleicestershire #familydaysoutmidlands #familytime

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    Activities for all interests

    Warwick Play Village
    • FREE trips to the pet shop – Try Pets at Home for small pets and fish. They often run free workshops for kids to get up close and personal too.
    • Cinema – Look for movies specifically for kids for much cheaper tickets (usually on Saturday or Sunday mornings, or during school holidays). Cineworld Cinemas runs Movies for Juniors or ODEON Cinemas Odeon Kids.
    • Museums – Often free entry (but do check that first), there’s lots to explore. Check out Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Warwickshire Museum.
    • Libraries – Libraries are not what they once were. There are loads of events from rhyme times, craft clubs, LEGO clubs, film clubs or coding workshops. Our local Warwickshire Library & Information Service in Rugby has loads going on. Look on Facebook for your local library and keep an eye on the events they hold.

    Other ideas for rainy days with the kids

    That should keep you busy for a while!

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