Fun Activities For Isolation

Cassi Adelmann March 31, 2020

5 activities to keep your kids occupied during isolation

We are all going to be spending a lot more time indoors during the coming months and while many parents will be trying to maintain their child's normal routine, many families will be looking for activities to do with their children during their 'free time'. To help, we have pulled together some activities that the team have been doing with their kids.

1. Den Making 

There is something about building a den that is fun for kids of all ages (and quite often mummy and daddy too!). A den adds another dimension of play for your children and can be a great way to get siblings to work together.
Find a space, as big as you can manage, and grab a couple of chairs, these will form the foundations of your den (alternatively you can use a table or wardrobe). Then comes the blanket drape, grab a blanket or two, position over the chairs and secure with pegs or elastic bands. Finally, add a little imagination to your den with perhaps a teddy bear's picnic inside or a doll's tea party.
Build a den
 

2. Bucket List Jar

You have probably found since going into isolation that your children have been asking questions like "can we go to grandma's house" or "can I go to the park". Every time they wish they could do something, visit a new place or see someone they love, write it down on a piece of paper and put it in a jar.

When all of this is over, this will be your bucket list jar and you can work through the activities with your children on weekends. Until then, you can enjoy the jar fill up with exciting things to look forward to! 

3. Dragons Colouring

Colouring is a fail safe way to keep your children busy - head over to our colouring pages to print, colour and share!

4. Arts and crafts 

Keep those creative juices flowing with regular arts and crafts. Although shops may be shut, try and be inventive and use things you can find around the house; cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and egg boxes are great for creating! 

We will be uploading art tutorials through the coming month so keep a lookout on our instagram or download our Dragons activity book here

 Check out our first art tutorial below:

5. Baking 

Since its so near to Easter time, try this scrumptious recipe for hot cross buns. A simple but tasty bake that can get the whole family involved.

Ingredients

  • 250ml milk
  • 300g Flour
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 sachet of yeast (7g)
  • 1 tsp mixed spices 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50g softened butter
  • 100g raisins
  • Grated zest of one orange
  • 1 egg
  • 50g plain flour mixed with water to form a paste

Method

  • Mix the flour, sugar, spice, yeast and salt in a bowl
  • Slowly add milk to the mixture then add the butter and egg to form a soft dough.
  • Mix in the dried fruits and orange zest.
  • Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes (extra fun for kids!)
  • Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for around an hour or until doubled in size.
  • Once the dough has risen, knock the air out of it and then roll into a baguette shape.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, form into bun shapes and place on a lightly floured baking tray. Cover with a tea towel and allow the buns to rise for a second time for 30 minutes.
  • Brush with the beaten egg and finish your buns with a cross made from a paste of flour and water.
  • Now simply bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes until a lovely, golden brown.
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