We have never experienced a family time like we are right now but that doesn't mean that we can't still have fun. Keeping entertained through the lockdown (especially now the April showers have caught up with us) is difficult, but there are lots of ways that you can get the inspiration flowering for some crafty activities. We've our top six to get you started...
Mini Ice Hockey
You'll need: a baking tray, water, post-it notes, spoons and a button or bottle lid Freeze a layer of water in a baking tray to create your ice rink and stick a post-it note at either end of the tray to mark the goals. Use spoons as your hockey sticks and try to hit your button/lid puck against the post-it note on the other side of the tray.
Paper Plate Ring Toss
You'll need: kitchen roll tube, tape or Blu Tac, paper plates and scissors
Cut paper plates into rings of different sizes and then stick your kitchen roll tube to the floor. Throw your paper rings onto the tube like you're at the funfair! Make it a challenge by moving further back or racing to see how many you can get in 30 seconds.
Storm In A Jar Experiment
You'll need: a large glass jar, shaving foam, pipette or eyedropper, food colouring, 1 or more small cups Mix up some food colouring with water in your small cup(s) - create as many cups of coloured water as you'd like. Fill the large jar about 3/4 full with water. Right before you're about to do the experiment, top the jar with shaving cream until it's just above the rim - this will be your cloud. From there, keep dropping coloured water on top of the shaving cream and keep an eye on what's happening below. When the shaving cream cloud gets too heavy, the colours will start to seep through like rain, just like what happens with real clouds!
Write Letters To Loved Ones
You'll need: paper or card and some kind of writing tool Flex your writing muscles and write a letter to older relatives or neighbours who might be feeling a little lonely right now. Let them know you're thinking of them, and if they live nearby you could even leave a sweet treat on their doorstep for them to enjoy while they read your letter. You could also write to any NHS staff and supermarket, pharmacy or post office workers that you know to say thank you for all the work they're doing to keep everything running during this time.
Make A Robot Costume
You'll need: 1 large cardboard box, scissors and things to decorate with Making sure the large box is open at the bottom (where your legs will go), cut out a head hole and 2 armholes. Draw a cool design on the box - may be a screen, a dial or some buttons. Stick foil on or colour with silver paint if you want to really give it the robot look. Add buttons made out of anything you've got lying around - milk bottle and juice carton lids work really well! If you've got another medium-sized box lying around, cut out a square from one side to turn it into a robot helmet.
Find Out What's Magnetic Around The House
You'll need: a fridge magnet If you've got any mini scientists in the family they'll love this one. Grab a magnet from the fridge and explore the house to see if you can find magnetic surfaces that the magnet will stick to. You could use this time to learn the basic facts about magnets too.
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