Top Activities for School Holidays in Isolation
Whether you’re choosing to self-isolate due to Coronavirus, or simply have no choice; you might be looking for some fun activities to keep the kids entertained. This is no-doubt a very scary and difficult time for many people – and reasonably so. Self-isolation is an uncommon experience for many of us. It is an unsettling and stressful time for families, and especially children – even if they don’t understand what is happening. We all know how hard it can be to try give children a new ‘normal’. However, your kids are going to look back and cherish the time they have spent with their family.
With school holidays fast approaching, here are some of our top ideas to keep kids and families entertained during isolation:
Get Creative in The Kitchen
Cooking or baking is a great way to get the family involved. Keep meals simple for the kids and even make it into a competition! Who can make the best pizza? You can be the judge! Plus, there is an added bonus – you don’t have to cook dinner!! Here are some delicious recipes that will keep the kids entertained:
Have an Indoor or Backyard Picnic
Get the kids in the kitchen and make up a picnic basket with lunch and some healthy treats. If you’re able to, set up a rug in your backyard and enjoy some fresh air and vitamin D.
Bring Out the Art Supplies
From drawing, painting or creating other arts and crafts is a great idea for kids to get creative. If you have access to your backyard, get the kids to collect some leaves and print them on some paper using paint. Here is an example:
With Easter approaching, try creating some Easter Bunny decorations. Here are two great ideas:
Learning at Home
Try to make learning fun by creating some interactive games or teaching your kids some new skills. There are many educational apps for different age groups that can be quite fun!
Play Some Games
You know that cupboard crammed full of board games? It’s time to pull those out and have some fun! Board games are a brilliant way to focus children’s minds and is the perfect indoor activity. Here are some of our suggestions:
- Connect 4
- Guess Who
- Celebrity Heads
- Card games – UNO, Go Fish and Snap!
Have a Movie Marathon
This one is for the whole family. Prepare some yummy snacks, get your pyjamas on and have a movie marathon. Use this time in isolation to catch up on Netflix and spend time with family.
Build an Indoor Fort with Blankets
Kids love to build their own little hideaways. To limit the chaos, give them some supplies and limit them to one room. Make sure they’ve got lots of big blankets and cushions. This will keep them entertained for hours! At night time, you could read them a bed time story in there as a special treat.
Have A Dance Party
Whatever age they are, kids love music! Put on some music, turn up the volume and let them dance around the room. Have the whole family join in and play musical statues or musical chairs! This is a great way to let them burn off some energy during isolation.
Indoor Treasure Hunts
Yes, that’s right! You don’t have to be outside to have the kids searching for treasure! Why not set them off on a scavenger hunt around the house! You might even get a bit of time to relax while they’re busy searching.
Find Some Photos and Reminisce
Dust off some old photos and home videos and reminisce with your family. Your kids will love hearing about all of the memories from when they were growing up. I can guarantee there will be some laughter with this one!
Tip for Mum: Don’t forget to take some time to self-indulge and put on a face mask or give yourself a pedicure – you deserve it! We hope these tips help keep the family happy, active and healthy over the isolation period.
Please remember to check on your friends, family members and colleagues during this time. We’re all in this together.
Where to go for support?
In times like this, it is very important to seek out help if you, or someone you know need it.
- Phone: 13 11 14 (24hrs/7 days)
- Text: 0477 131 114 (6pm – midnight AEDT, 7 nights)
- Chat online: https://www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat (7pm-midnight, 7 nights)