Indoor activities to survive lockdown!
Posted on 13th April 2020
A lot of nannies are still working during the Covid-19 crisis so I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of activities to do indoors.
My two are still pretty young so my thoughts are all based on preschool ages – of course a lot of these can be adapted for older children!
Please feel free to comment on this article with your own suggestions – especially for older ones. Another nanny could use the inspiration!
Millie and her robot
Potato / going old veg printing
Bog standard paintbrushes
Use loo rolls to bend into shapes and print the edge pattern
Hand and foot painting
You can make your own using 1 cup of flour, half a cup of salt, and add half a cup of water slowly. Knead it, separate into balls and add food colouring (5-10 drops) to each!
This recipe is similar to salt dough so once your charges have made a shape they love, you can bake it to go hard (lowest oven temp possible, for 3-4 hours) to keep it!
You can make a softer version with 1 cup of cornflour and half a cup of conditioner – a bit more like cloud dough!
We’ve made endless cookies and fairy cakes in the last month. I also try to get them to help make meals where age appropriate. Home made pizzas are always a winner. We've got a great pizza recipe here.
Use up that recycling! We’ve made rockets, a robot (accompanying photo below!) and a fish tank out of a box, with tissue paper sea and fish hanging from string at the top.
Easter Bunny anyone?
If you have some ball pit balls, colour code some boxes (painting activity…) and sort the balls into the correct colour box. Throwing practice too!
Have you got a tuff tray?
I adore ours. We use it for everything as it’s a great height for crafts – my two love water play, washing their toy animals, shaving foam, rice and pasta play (although they’re luxury items at present!)
Either pasta necklaces, or pipe cleaners into a colander – make an alien hat!
Chuck them in the garden!
Help with gardening, make a dinosaur land out of an overgrown flowerbed (I am not a gardener) with this beautiful weather we’ve done a lot of washing their playhouse /little tykes car, as well as general sand and water play.
Although advice is not to leave them for others to find, given the risk of transferring the virus on the rock. But perhaps start a collection in the garden!
Our street has a lot of decorated rainbow driveways at present. Or draw a hopscotch on the pavement outside their home – you’ll be amazed how many passers by will get involved, kids and adults alike!
Painting the fence
With water only!
Millie is a big fan of the Orchard ones, eg spotty dogs
I’m trying not to focus on the educational stuff, as mine are so young, but Millie was learning a lot at preschool so flash cards are a fun way to build on that
On a sunny day, line toy dinosaurs along the edge of a large piece of paper, so the sun makes their shadows on the paper. Draw around the shadows!
In the garden
Again in the garden to avoid possible exposure, to make a collage
Hide and Seek
Build a fort
Cutting and sticking, drawing, card making, whatever you have in the craft cupboard
Please do comment with your additions!
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