We’ve rounded up our favourite indoor activities for learning and play at home with your little adventurers, including some ideas to help you get out into the garden for some fresh air too during this latest lockdown. Of course, we’ve added in our favourite Netflix picks as well, for when you really need them!

Quick Boredom Busters 

Puzzle Hide and Seek: Combine two classic games in one! Hide all of the puzzle pieces around a room, adding extra fun and learning. A great way to ‘up the ante’ and increase game time. Puzzles are a great tool for logic, reasoning and problem solving.

Indoor bowling: All you need is a ball to play this. For the ‘pins’ you can use other simple household items, such as toilet/kitchen rolls, empty bottles, or even lightweight toys that can be stood up. This one is great for motor skills.

Musical Statues: The classic party game at home. Freeze when the music stops and don’t move until it starts again!

Easy mug-cake: A quick alternative to a whole afternoon of baking if you don’t have the time, and a nice treat too. We like the chocolate one!

Balloon tennis: If you have them! Paper or plastic plates make good ‘rackets’ too.

Roll the dice: Each number on the dice represents a different action (such as a clap, jump or word to shout out) that you have to try and remember!

Rainy days

Pen pal day: Spend some time together writing and decorating letters or postcards to send to friends and family, who’d love to receive one.

Armchair travel: Pick a country to “visit”. Learn all about what food they eat, which animals live there, what the weather is like and draw and colour their flag. Where in the World is a great online resource from CBeebies where you can watch videos about children from other countries.

Epic fort fun: Enjoy a rainy day indoors and grab blankets and sheets to create your own fort. Perfect for watching movies or listening to a story podcast. This one can also be used to create an indoor camping experience- just add s’mores by microwaving marshmallows in between your favourite biscuit for around 10 seconds.

Open Mic: Even if you don’t have a toy microphone (you could try and make one out of rolls/cardboard too) then just searching YouTube for songs and karaoke videos is great for this.

Fashion design: Got an old (plain-ish) t-shirt? Fabric markers are ideal but you could use what you already have at home. Plain tote bags are also great for decorating. What about putting the craziest outfits together for a fashion show?

Musical parade: Still got those empty bottles? Fill with different dry foods such as rice or pasta and experiment with the sounds they make. Complete the band with some box drums!

Pizza making: Lay out a few bowls with a range of toppings to put onto a plain base, tortilla wrap or pitta bread. Go fully loaded or make a funny face with your ingredients.

PE at home: Have you tried Joe Wicks’ PE videos yet? Watch them back here or catch them live every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am (Friday is dress up day!)

Garden adventures

A quick round up of fun things to do if you have a garden and need some time outdoors.

  • Stone painting
  • DIY bird feeder: Cheerios threaded onto string or pipe cleaners or this great recipe
  • Got guests? Identify which bird it could be with the RSPB’s bird identifier quiz
  • Twig round up: find a small collection of different sized twigs which can be glued onto paper or card to create a woodland themed picture later
  • Mud-pie making with an old bucket or plastic bowl
  • Nature noughts and crosses
  • Chalk games or drawings
  • Pick up some seeds and begin a small gardening project- here’s the best ones to sow in February
  • Hot chocolate and star-spotting on a clear dry evening

Welly-boot walks

(Check your local coronavirus restrictions before travelling to walk anywhere)

For added fun, create your own ‘bingo sheet’ filled with things you might spot on your walk (complete with drawings) to tick off as you go…

Kersal Wetlands is a 3.1km set trail loop just off Littleton Road, and allows you to enjoy lots of local wildlife and views of the River Irwell whilst staying away from the busy city and loud traffic. Dogs should be kept on a lead for this one, though!

(Littleton Rd, Salford M6 6GZ)

Clifton Country Park situated in the Irwell Valley brings the countryside to the heart of the city. There’s a range of open woodlands, meadows and lakeside walks to enjoy, as well as a play area and picnic site.

(Clifton House Rd, Clifton, Salford M27 6NG)

Buile Hill Park is the largest and one of the most popular in Salford and features a children’s play area and a tree trail.

(Eccles Old Rd, Salford M6 8GL)

Our top Netflix picks – U rated 

 

Grab the popcorn! 

Films

  • Secret Life of Pets
  • The Lorax
  • Trolls
  • Ponyo
  • Over The Hedge
  • Madagascar
  • Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang
  • The Nut Job
  • The Angry Birds movie
  • Puss in Boots

TV series

  • Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom
  • Shaun the Sheep
  • Peppa Pig
  • Pocoyo
  • Charlie and Lola
  • Noddy- Toyland Detective
  • Fireman Sam
  • Hey Duggie