10 easy indoor activities that might just save your sanity these next few days
The world might seem crazy and overwhelming and scary right now – to all of us.
We are living through days that none of us had ever thought we would see, and it is easy to feel both anxious and overwhelmed by it all.
However, it is important, now more than ever, that while still talking to our children about what is happening and why we are staying in most of the time and school is off, that we don't frighten them with too much information and add to their sense of uncertainty.
Instead, I am trying to focus on all the good things. How we, as a global community, are doing this together to help all of us. How my little family get to spend more time together. How we can turn this into something that feels, if not perfect, then at least like not a major and overwhelming crisis.
As of yet, we are not on lockdown here in Ireland. I did take my children to the park today, and we played near a little stream and got ice cream after. But there is no denying that for the next few weeks, we will all be spending far more time indoors than what we normally do. And as someone who who doesn't have any screens available, apart from my own phone, I will be relying on all the activities I can muster up the creativity and energy to kick off.
Deep breaths, everybody. We know – being more or less housebound when you have little ones can test your sanity in all sorts of ways.
So if you just know that the next few days are going to be filled with a lot of "help me with this" and "can I have some toast" and "Molly poked me in the eye with a Barbie foot" – relax, mums, we got you.
Here are ten things to get them stuck into:
1. Freeze Dance
Shake it off to a few favourite jams is a surefire way to get your kids off the couch. To brush up on listening skills, try freeze dance. The rules are simple: dance when the music plays and when the designated DJ (rope daddy in, maybe?) stops the music, everyone freezes.
2. Balloon Volleyball
Make a net by tying a piece of string from one chair to another. Then blow up a balloon and start practising those serving skills! Change things up a bit by kicking or head-bumping the balloon.
3. Hallway footie
You don’t need a garden to play a game of football. Start by setting up a net on opposite ends of the hallway by placing some masking tape on the floor. After dividing into teams (one on one works too!), grab a small plastic (or foam!) ball and let the fun begin. Note: Move the Ming vases first!
4. Hula Hoop
As long as you make sure that you’re not too close to furniture or breakables, hula-hooping is a great indoor activity that helps strengthen your child’s core muscles.
5. Make a movie
Let the kids borrow your smartphone and have them think of a story, write their script and shoot a movie on your phone. Later on, you can all watch it together.
6. Set Up A Maze
Turn the hall into a “laser” maze with yarn. Zig-zag string from varying heights and challenge your kids to get across without touching the laser.
7. Make Activity Stations
Make signs and have each ‘area’ has an activity: jumping jacks, crawling through tape/rope, planking etc. Set a timer, then rotate through the stations.
8. Bathtub painting
Undress the kids, plonk them in the bath and give them some watercolours to paint with. When they are done, just hose the paint right off the bath. Genius.
9. Indoor treasure hunt
All you need is a small toy or a snack. And a treasure map. Give your child the map or provide clues to where they can find the treasure.
10. Camp out
Make a tent (sheet over two chairs works just fine) and let your kids have a picnic in the tent. Or, how about watching a movie on the iPad?
How are YOU spending these very different days, parents? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @herfamilydotie