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Fun activities for the whole family

Many of us are working from home at the moment whilst also looking after children during this period – which can be a challenge at times!

Running out of ideas of things to do with your children during lockdown? Here are some activities you could do as a family to keep everyone mentally and physically active and entertained during this period.

The Grandhome scavenger hunt

With the weather improving and days getting brighter, many households are taking a daily walk around their local area to go outside and get some fresh air and exercise.

There’s lots of things to keep an eye out for in your local area that you might not have noticed before. Why not go on a scavenger hunt during your family walk to take in your surroundings and notice the little things?

Grandhome has created a Scavenger Hunt for residents to do in their local area. Simply print off the list and tick as you go – and we’ve put some bonus finds at the end too.

And don’t forget to share photos of you and your family on your scavenger hunt on the Grandhome Community Facebook page.

Decorate your windows

Lots of people have been busy decorating their windows with colourful rainbows to show their support for the frontline and emergency services during this time.

Now that spring has well and truly sprung, why not decorate your windows with pictures of bright flowers and animals? It’s fun for kids and also brightens up your home and your neighbours’ daily exercise.

Go camping (in your own home)

Whilst it’s not yet time to get in the car and go for a camping staycation, it’s a perfect opportunity for families to go camping in the comfort of their own home.

Put up a tent in your back garden for your children to play in during the day. In the early evening, get together to tell stories and make s’mores – it’ll feel like a mini family holiday.

Or, if the weather is not looking too good, build a snug in your living room using your washing rack and some sheets to make an indoor tent where you can curl up, watch movies and play boardgames.

Great Grandhome bake-off

If you can get your hands on baking ingredients, now is a great time to introduce your children to the wonderful world of baking.

There are plenty of child-friendly baking recipes online and baking videos on social media channels for you to follow and keep your children entertained. Kids love getting their hands dirty and getting stuck in with the baking process – and there is a tasty treat for you all to enjoy when it’s ready.

Play traditional games

Whilst it can be tempting to play away on smartphones and tablets, more traditional games can be a great way of playing together as a family and keeping everyone entertained and distracted.

You could play a game of charades, a card game, or work together on a jigsaw. Or take the opportunity to get stuck into a mammoth game of Monopoly!

Put on a show

Many children have been joining online dance and exercise classes. Ask your children to put on a show – it could include anything from dancing to acting, to telling jokes or magic tricks – essentially, anything they would like to practice and perform for you one weekend, perhaps wearing their favourite fancy dress costume. You could even use a video conferencing tool so grandparents and other members of the family can join in and watch them in action.