One of our lovely Real People Nicola has put together this hand guide of how she has been keeping her daughters entertained for FREE during lockdown!
1*** Prince Or Princess Footprints!
If you have a younger movie fan (this works best with Disney characters), use the corresponding colours to the characters clothes and paint the bottom of your little ones foot, carefully place on the paper and add the extra detail with a paintbrush. Ebonie (5) loved doing this activity and has added all the pictures to her Lockdown school book for memories!
2*** Nerf Gun Maths Challenge!
My 2 daughters (13 and 5) absolutely loved this, it combines games and learning! Write some maths questions down and put the answers on small pieces of paper, stick these pieces around the house. Give the children a nerf gun each and give them a maths question, first one to shoot the right answer wins!
3*** Scavenger Hunt!
Now we are allowed unlimited access outside, go for a walk! Write down a list of items the little one can find, we enjoyed adding unlikely items to the list, such as ‘someone with a red hat and sunglasses’, this keeps the hunt going longer and Ebonie (5) got so excited when she finally found them!
This is a super easy and free activity with amazing results! Add a sheet of ripped up tissue paper (we found Wilko brand worked best) into a bowl, darker colours come out best. Add 300ml of boiling water (be super careful)! and a teaspoon of salt, let this sit for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the tissue paper, let the child get comfortable laying down and dip as much hair as you would like into the water, let this soak for a further 5 minutes. Be aware, the colouring will stain clothes. After 5 minutes, you can either wash it out with cold water then dry or for a more vibrant colour just dry it as it is. This colour lasts up to a week with no damage to the hair!
Another great one for the younger children! Its a really simple yet effective activity, cut the inside wedges of the egg box out, this will be the mice bodies. Be careful not to ruin the outside of the egg box. After you have done this, close the egg box and paint it yellow, add some holes for the mice to peep out of, if you would rather, you can just colour some holes in black! Then add a pipe cleaner into the mouse, this will double as a nose and tail, add some googly eyes and you’ve got yourself a new pet!
6***Lockdown Salt dough!
This is perfect for any age and will result in a great memory to keep forever! All you need is:
1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)
half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
half a cupful of water (about 125ml)
1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.
3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and shape into your chosen model. Firmly place each person’s hand in a different position on the dough to leave an imprint.
4. Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hrs or until solid.
5. Leave to cool and then paint.
You can add anything you want to this and do it in any shape, we chose to do handprints with Lockdown as decoration!
7***Free Colouring Book!
This one is super simple, go to https://hoorayheroes.com/stories/freebies/ and personalise a colouring book, it gives you a lot of different options to make it look like your child, you can even add their name! Then they will send it to your email address for you to print out, your little one will have so much fun colouring in their own adventures! There are also free activities on Facebook, give a search for Pyjama Drama Mid Norfolk, they upload lots of different things to do with the children including activity pages and great ideas!
8***Make A Castle!
Go on a search of the house and find anything you can use, it could be boxes, toilet roll tubes, lollipop sticks, anything! When you think you have enough items rearrange them until you are happy with the result, then paint! It doesn’t have to be a castle, you could make a den, a car, even a dinosaur! Be creative!
Collect some rocks on your daily walk, smooth ones work better! When home, give them a good wash and let them dry. Use any paint or feltips to draw a design on the rock, you can do anything you want, you can even write a message! Then, when you are finished, go back out and hide the rock for someone else to find on their daily walk! Such a lovely thing to find in these hard times!
Just have fun! Make lots of memories, the children are going to remember this time and what they did for years to come, make dens, bake cakes, watch movies, be silly! Take lots of photos and stick them into a scrap book. It will be great to look over this time spent together when everything gets back to normal. This wont last forever!