We are well into quarantine 2021 so here’s some great ideas to keep all the children entertained. From toddlers to teens!
The UK has officially gone into another quarantine as of the 5th of January 2021 and we all standstill again. It can be so frustrating can’t it because of the not knowing when some form of normality will return. This lockdown feels harder because we missed out at Christmas seeing family and friends. Hopefully, with vaccines available, 2021 will be the last of the Corona episodes the UK and the world will see.
This lockdown it’s also even harder keeping the kids busy and entertained when you need to work, clean, stop a partner from ‘DIY’ing, washing and the endless list there is. We used up all the ideas on the other lockdowns! I have pulled 10 great activities from various media platforms to help with your lockdown life and keeping everyone happy this quarantine.
DIY Foosball table
Using a shoebox, some straws and a few pegs you can make your own foosball table. A craft that is usable is always better than one that sits on the side and then goes in the bin.
Start by cutting goals at each end of your shoebox pitch. You can also use the back board as the goal if your box isn’t big enough. Add holes on the top to fit the straws through. Then simply add your pegs and a ball and you’re ready to go! MUM FOR THE LOCKDOWN WIN! we didn’t have room to cut goals so the back boards was the goal area.
Baking is a great and yummy way to pass the time. Children also learn so much from cooking even if it seems they’re just making a mess. Here are three baking treats that are simple and delicious. Hopefully, it will keep your little snack monsters happy and busy!
Milk Biscuits Perfect for Quarantine
These milk biscuits really do have the most simple recipe and don’t scrimp on tastiness. Using only 4 ingredients that most of us have in the cupboard. A great make for little hands.
Vegetable oil, flour,
Half a cup of each of these into a bowl and mix in 2.5 cups of flour until it forms a dough. Cut to shapes and in the oven at 180’c, gas mark 4, for 10 minutes.
Aunty Brenda’s Oatmeal Cookies
This is a family recipe given to me by my mother-in-law, given to her by her mother and a favourite in our home for sure. These are the best homemade oatmeal cookies you will ever try! A little more complicated than the last recipe but so worth it for these beauties. This is recipe will make six cookies.
5 oz oats,
4 oz light muscovado sugar,
1 oz sunflower seeds,
1 egg beaten
2 fl oz sunflower oil,
2 oz of filling such as apricots, raisins, choc chips or any other filling of your choice. We made chocolate chip and raisin.
First, you want to add your oats, sugar and oil in a bowl. Give them a big mix and let it sit, covered, for an hour.
Then simply mix in the remaining ingredients. Add a tablespoon of the mix onto a greased proof paper-lined tray or a non-stick tray. Give them a little flatten then pop them in the oven. They should take 12-15 minutes at 180’c or gas mark 4. Let them cool fully before removing them from the tray or they may fall apart.
Free Online Books Perfect for Quarantine
Reading is a fantastic way to pass time and build imagination. The introduction of technology in our day to day lives has seen a decline in regular reading. It’s time to mix the two with some free online books from amazon. You do need to have the kindle app and that is available on phones, laptops or tablets. Then simply click thisfor all the free books that Amazon has to offer.
Set up a teddies bear picnic or just encourage a quiet afternoon read with a hot drink and biscuits. With so many great stories to enjoy you really will be spoilt for choice.
Matchbox Treasure Hunt
Lots of us here in the UK are currently homeschooling due to quarantine and with the help of schools. This idea is one sent over by my eldest child’s teacher and I thought it was such a great idea. Too good not to share as lots of littles will enjoy this. It’s a matchbox treasure hunt.
We used a raisin box as we were lacking in the matchbox department. The idea is to try and find as many things as you can to fit in the box all at once. Sequins, leaves and even a raisin if you want. Give all the kids a box when you’re out on your next walk and make the most of your hike in nature. A simple but really nice idea and the kids will love looking for all the small things to fit in it.
Toddlers Quarantine Crafts
Not forgetting about those tiny little hands we have these super cute crafts that can keep them busy too. Perfect for when you need a minute if you’re having to homeschool older siblings.
Simply draw around your little one’s hand as best you can! Or you’re own if they won’t stay still. Those wriggly little monsters will be the death of us.
Then make a simple head shape and attach it. Add a face and let your little one scribble and decorate them with crayons.
Teens often get left out of posts like this but I wanted to make sure they were included in this quarantine activities list. Most teens just wanna go out with mates and when they’re not doing that they want to game. Why not bring the game into real life with puzzle post? They offer a mystery sent straight through the post that your teen must solve. Using all their gamer knowledge they will need to solve multiple clues and discover the secret code. It really is like bringing the game into real life and they won’t know who sent it until they crack the code. Making them even more intrigued in this postal mystery.
Well, my lovelies I hope these lockdown ideas will help you for a day or two or inspire you with your own ideas. How have you been keeping the kids busy? What crafts have you enjoyed lately? I would love it if you would share them in the comments below. Why not pop over to my Facebook and post a picture of your latest craft? I’d love some more inspo as it’s so hard to keep them busy.
Lots of Love,