Make a Lockdown Time Capsule: You could fill it with photos & diary of what you have been doing, newspaper articles about the situation, recipes for favourite lockdown meals and craft, paintings or artwork you have made. It’s also worth keeping an eye on any leaflets through your door – many advertising fliers at the moment are also mentioning the pandemic.
Hold your own Back Garden Olympics: The real Olympic Games may have been postponed but that doesn’t stop you holding your own event. Set up different activities and challenges for your family to take part in throughout the week. You could even make your own medals and hold a ceremony for the winners.
Bedtime Stories: Are you enjoying the facebook bedtimes stories read by the adults from school? Before we record the stories, we practise them, making sure we can read all the words and thinking about how we can use expression, our faces and actions to bring the story to life. Could you prepare a story? You don’t have to film and share it if you don’t want to. Perhaps you could read a bedtime story to a younger brother or sister. Maybe you could read to your Grandparents via a video calling app.
Create Some Natural Art: Instead of paint and crayons, you can make amazing artwork using things found outside. Collect fallen leaves, petals and sticks and use them to make a picture or sculpture. You could even use the objects as ‘stampers’ or paintbrushes – dipping them in paint and rolling, brushing or stamping them on paper to create interesting patterns and effects.
Scavenger Hunts: We shared ideas for these during the Easter Holiday and they are a great way of getting outside and enjoying the lovely weather. Can you find something in your garden beginning with each letter of the alphabet? Can you find something for each colour of the rainbow? Get more ideas for Scavenger Hunts from the Woodland Trust.
Other ways to keep active:
– The Norfolk School Games post weekly sport challenges that you can take part without needing any special equipment.
– Have a picnic in your garden.
– Go on a mini-beast hunt in the woods.
– Go for a walk around where you live: can you spot all the rainbows and other artwork in people’s windows?
– Active Norfolk has ideas for keeping children active and health for every day of the week (including Wellbeing Wednesday which includes ideas for mental health too).