TOP 10 IDEAS FOR KEEPING YOUR KIDS OCCUPIED DURING SELF-ISOLATION

If you haven’t heard of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) by now then you must be living under a rock. This new virus has literally been wiping out the whole of the world and is currently flooding the headlines everywhere. At first, I will admit I was very stupid and naive about the whole situation. I guess I just thought it was yet another headline that I would never see the effects off however, I was SO wrong. We’ve had many touches of flu in the past such as; bird flu, swine flu, etc. but I’ve never experienced anything quite like this one. It’s always a different story when you are personally affected. As well as seeing everyone all around you being affected too.

Due to this currently pandemic, it is very likely that England will end up going on lockdown. That means that we will do the same as Spain, Italy and China and we’ll all have to self isolate at home. In all honesty, I think this is quite possibly every working parent’s worse nightmare. How on earth are we meant to keep the kids occupied whilst we try to earn a living at the same time? I struggle to occupy my daughter for an hour let alone all day, every day. Well, I have decided to be every parent’s fairy godmother and put together 10 super easy ideas to help us all get through self-isolation.

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PJ DAY WITH MOVIES:

Turn your lounge into your very own cinema screening with loads of cushions, blankets and SNACKS. Luckily for us, the only thing that is still in stock at the stores are sweets. You won’t find any bread or milk but who needs that stuff anyway!? We’ve decided to start with the traditional Disney movies and then move onto a good old fashioned comedy after. So far we have watched the new Disneys Aladdin, lady and the tramp and Jumanji. If you’re struggling for ideas on what you should watch then click here for some of my favourite movies. Don’t get me wrong, they are mostly Halloween films but then again who doesn’t like a spook or two. There are films on there for all ages and all occasions so make sure you take a look. Kids will love the idea of having a PJ day! Not just the kids but the adults will do too so it’s a win-win for everyone really.

SWAPPING NEW TOYS FOR THE OLD FAVOURITES:

Kids quite often have loads of toys that they don’t actually play with anymore. This is mostly down to kids being spoilt rotten and having so many toys that they forget what they have. I must admit I am a culprit of spoiling my child with more toys than she actually needs. Being stuck indoors is the perfect opportunity to recycle the toybox! By this, I don’t mean you have to throw them away but rather just have a little swap around. Take the toys out from the back of the cupboard and reintroduce them to your children. There’s a chance that they have completely forgotten that they have them. It will be like getting a whole bunch of brand new toys! How’s that for a day of entertainment?

PARTY GAMES:

Party games! who in this world doesn’t love a good house party game? This is something that actually stems back from my childhood. I will most likely find out that nobody else did this and I’m actually from a really weird family. We used to spend loads of evenings together dancing and prancing around the front room. We would also spend hours playing games like musical statues, what’s the time Mr Wolf and hide and seek. These are very popular games that will always go down a success with the children. Please tell me that over kids did this too or are we crazy? If you aren’t familiar with these types of games I’m sure you could find loads of examples online.

PAINTING OLD RECYCLING MATERIAL:

I actually recently saw this idea on another mums blog (I’m extremely sorry that I can’t actually remember which blog). Anyway, the lady mentioned the idea of painting old recycling material such as; egg boxes. I thought this was a fantastic idea as you’d already have everything you needed. Not only saving you time but also the effort of having to go to the shop. It’s also saving you a hell of a lot of money so what are you waiting for? Let the kids get creative and see what ideas they come up with.

GARDEN TIME:

Just because we have been told to stay indoors during self-isolation it does not mean you can’t go in your garden. There’s nothing wrong with getting out and about and getting yourself some fresh air! If anything it will do you good as long as your garden is not in Italy or China (Sorry that was a very bad joke, I do apologise). All you need to do is get yourself some seeds and let your children grow their own garden. This will give the kids something to look forward to every day. Even if it is just going outside to water the plants they will still love doing it.

EASTER EGG HUNT:

With Easter just around the corner, it’s well and truly worth preparing before we go into isolation. I know it’s not a priority so please don’t go out your way just to get Easters bits. If you happen to be in the store at that time there’s no harm in getting some stuff in advanced. An easter egg hunt is a perfect way to keep the kids happy and entertained during isolation. Just think that the harder they are to find, the longer they will take trying to hunt them done. I’m no mathematician but I reckon that’s enough time to head to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for this all to blow over.

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I decided to get little Lexie Loo a hamper that she can reuse for Easter every year.
– personalised hamper purchased from eBay.

SORTING OUT:

As you’re stuck indoors why not use your time wisely. Get the jobs done that you wouldn’t normally have the time or energy for. For example; sorting out the kid’s toys, clothing, or bedrooms in general. This is the perfect excuse to get some spring cleaning in action as well as bonding with your kids. You might be sitting there thinking ‘Why on earth would my child want to be sorting out?’ Well, that’s where you are wrong. I will be honest, your child isn’t likely to be any help whatsoever but they will be occupied attempting to help. If you’re anything like me all you want is your child to be quiet for a bit and give you some time. Well, this is the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

DRESS UP:

One of my favourite memories of being a child was dressing up and hosting talent shows. Yes, I was an extrovert! no idea what happened to me as an adult because now I’m as introvert as can be. Tell your children to go off and find whatever they can around the house. If you’re happy to allow it, you can always let them use your wardrobe to find props and accessories. Once everyone in the house has created their masterpiece you can hold your very own talent show. It gives the kids a chance to be creative whilst having lots of fun at the time same. When we were younger this sort of thing often ended with my dad having lipstick on and us painting his nails pink! How cute.

ARTS AND CRAFTS:

The bane of all parents lives but the most fun part of any little one’s childhood! There is no denying that kids love anything messy, glueing and a whole load of sticking. If you’re planning on doing lots of arts and crafts during the isolation period I recommend checking out The Works. They currently have a special offer on their home deliveries. You can get free home delivery with a minimum spend of £5, so barely anything! If you’re wanting to stock up on your arts and crafts collection you should definitely try them. Let’s be honest, we don’t know what’s happening and how long it’s going to last so I recommend you mums and dads do.

COOKING/BAKING:

I know that there is a huge lack of food at the moment but if you do have any spare bits then let your children get involved in the cooking. Children love to be involved and like to feel that they have a very important role in the task. Rather than taking it seriously and trying to pretend your Mary Berry, just have lots of fun with it. Got no eggs? well, then it looks like you’re making cakes without eggs. Kids honestly don’t need anything spectacular, they just want to feel apart of it and I promise you they will love every minute of doing so.

Stay safe during this horrible time. If you’re feeling anxious or struggling during self-isolation I am here for you to talk to. You can find me over on Twitter & Instagram. My inbox will be open to anyone.

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26 Comments

  1. madidearson
    March 23, 2020 / 10:59 am

    Love these ideas! It is so important to keep the kids busy and active and provide some sort of normalcy and routine for them during these strange times. I have made more arts and crafts in the past week then I did in the past year:) it is so much doing it as a family around the big dining table, I think it’s the husband first time doing crafts, since his school days… Thank you for the great ideas.

    • March 26, 2020 / 7:58 am

      Very true! kids need a routine, don’t they! sounds like you’re all having fun and making the best out of a bad situation. I honestly think arts and crafts can be fun for everyone. so lovely to hear your husband is getting involved too! Thanks for your comment x

    • March 26, 2020 / 7:58 am

      Thank you Lisa! I’m glad you agree! keep safe x

  2. March 23, 2020 / 8:06 pm

    I love these ideas, especially cycling through old toys. We have quite an impressive collection of blocks and toy cars in this household! We have spent a good bit of time outdoors weeding in our garden and planting seedlings for transplanting.

    What you say about kids loving to be included is true, and one of the best ways to stay connected. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing.

    • March 26, 2020 / 7:59 am

      Oh sounds like great fun! The garden is always a fantastic idea and who doesn’t love blocks! Thank you very much for your lovely comment! Keep safe x

  3. Josie
    March 26, 2020 / 5:06 pm

    Anything for my little princess! πŸ‘Έ
    They are lovely ideas for indoors. I bet she loved them all x

    • March 27, 2020 / 6:03 am

      I always did so I bet she will too! ☺️ thanks for commenting mum x

  4. March 26, 2020 / 5:24 pm

    There are some lovely ideas here, Flora has been begging me to bake some cakes with her, I couldn’t agree with that one more! I’d love to do more with her as well but I’m lucky enough to still have a job and work from home so trying to juggle homeschooling with that (although my husband helps) is a challenge I could do without for now. Like you, we have a garden, and it’s a blessed escape every day. Stay safe, Ashleigh xx

    • March 30, 2020 / 4:43 pm

      Oh bless you! I bet that’s so hard but i’m sure you’re smashing it so well done to you! Stay safe too hun! hopefully this will all blow over soon xxx

  5. March 26, 2020 / 10:28 pm

    These are great tips! So many fun activities to keep them occupied. My heart goes out to every parent having to isolate with their kids without their usual help/ support system around. Someone my mum works with is trying to work from home while looking after her 2 y/o by herself and she keeps getting her face drawn on mid conference call πŸ˜‚ x

    Sophie

    • April 27, 2020 / 2:29 pm

      Oh my gosh that’s so funny! Although that is funny I do feel sorry for her too lol! It’s so hard and difficult isolating as it is let alone with a 2 year old!

      Thanks for reading hun!

      stay safe x x x

  6. March 30, 2020 / 8:46 pm

    I don’t have kids but I can use some of these great ideas right now. I’ll share this with my friends who have kids. I’m sure they will appreciate them too. πŸ™‚

    • April 1, 2020 / 6:49 am

      Thank you very much for reading! Hopefully, it can be of some help to your friends πŸ™‚ x

  7. March 31, 2020 / 10:47 am

    These are brilliant suggestions, Ashleigh! I’m loving the idea of a PJ day with movies, especially as it can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages πŸ™‚ I’m such a fan of Disney films, I’ve already seen the new Aladdin which was awesome, I need to catch up with Lady And The Tramp and Jumanji – thanks for the recommendations. That is such a good idea to check out The Works, especially with their free delivery, now is the perfect time for arts and crafts! Thanks for sharing, hope you are all staying safe and well <3 xx

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    • April 1, 2020 / 6:46 am

      Thank you Bexa! The new Aladdin was absolutely amazing wasn’t it? definitely my favourite one out of the lot! it was so funny haha. Thanks again lovely, we are all ok. Hope you are well too? xxx

  8. March 31, 2020 / 1:50 pm

    Such fun ideas. I love them. Can’t imagine how hard this lockdown is without a child to try keep entertained. You’ve got this! x

    • April 1, 2020 / 6:47 am

      Thanks babe! we’re managing surprisingly haha! hope you are well and keeping safe πŸ™‚ x

  9. Lellalee
    April 1, 2020 / 10:19 am

    There are some great ideas here! To be honest – I was getting rather stuck for ideas! I’m going to switch around the toys – this is a fab idea! I’m also going to try painting old items, like boxes and bottles! Thank you for sharing xxx

    • April 27, 2020 / 2:53 pm

      I love switching around the toys! it’s the best little trick! she thinks that she’s got new toys and she aint πŸ™‚

      Hope you are well and keeping safe!

      xxx

  10. April 9, 2020 / 10:07 am

    I’m not a Mum but I can’t imagine how hard this time must be for parents. These are all fab ideas – I might be 27 but I’d love to do an Easter Egg hunt myself haha! xxx

    • April 27, 2020 / 2:30 pm

      Haha to be honest with you so do I! Never too old for a Easter egg hunt lol xxx

  11. Matthew Stilwell
    April 25, 2020 / 7:20 pm

    This is why you’re such a good mum ☺️

    • April 27, 2020 / 2:04 pm

      Thank you so much. I really do try my hardest to be one ❀️

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