Entertain the Family During Isolation
As COVID-19 rates in Blackburn with Darwen continue to fluctuate, many of our Billy Project members contacted us to tell us about the impact of lockdown on their mental health and the effect that isolation is having on their children. With this in mind, we decided to explore some fun (and cheap) ways to entertain the kids during lockdown.
Create your own play
Write and create your own play. You can write scripts, build props, create costumes and perform for family members over Zoom, Skype or Social Media ‘Live’ platforms.
Build a fort
Fort building is one of the most fun and creative things to do within the home and will entertain kids of all ages. Props can be created out of many household objects and it’s a safe place for kids to play.
Create an indoor treasure hunt
Write clues and have a little fun with an indoor treasure hunt. You can be as creative as you like with clues and the hunt can be as wacky and entertaining as you like. Utilise favourite toys and fun household objects for props.
Play a board game
Board games are a great way to get the whole family together. You can always ask friends and family to swap games (with social distancing respected) if you fancy a change.
Baking and cooking
Baking and cooking are guaranteed to raise a smile during lockdown because it’s so much fun to do! Explore new recipes and improve your own skills whilst teaching your children the basics. It’s a great way to encourage kids to eat new foods too.
Read a book
Reading a book might seem obvious, but so many children forget about reading books for fun. Order books online or use a book swap to pick up books that your children will like. For those who find reading difficult, children can listen to stories using apps such as Audible.
Get ready for the Christmas period by crafting your own Christmas cards or making gifts to give to relatives. There are lots of great ideas on the Pinterest app which will help to keep the children entertained.
The Billy Project online group sessions
Work up a sweat by joining in with our online fitness sessions. Not only will it help the kids blow off some steam, but it will help to keep you all fit and healthy too. You can find our sessions on our online group page.
Do some gardening
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, show the kids how to care for it. Even if you don’t have a garden you can use containers to grow your own vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Play games online
Whilst it is always wise to limit screen time, kids can use their devices to play games against each other or against their school friends. However, it’s always wise to ensure that the games are supervised to ensure that children remain safe.