Lockdown Activities For Kids

4/20/2021 | By: Hilary Behan |

While we continue to stay at home during this pandemic, we’re conscious of the need to keep the kids occupied. With the weather improving and outdoor meet ups possible it’s time to start thinking about some fun outdoor activities. We’ve put together a list of our tried and tested, kid-approved lockdown activities with some accompanying resources to get you started.

Teddy Bears Picnic

With the lockdown rules now allowing us to meet one other household in an outdoor space we can start to look forward to picnics! But not just any picnics… teddy bear picnics!

Why not spend some time with your kids creating and decorating an invite for their friend and their teddy bear? We’ve attached an example below to provide some inspiration. You can also print this out and use it as it is!

You can download and print the example here

A teddy bears picnic provides great fun for children aged between 2 and 5 and allows them to meet a friend within the constraints of restrictions. The task of creating an invite also allows you and your child to work on language and art skills.

Create an Air Bee n Bee

With our bee population in decline, a bee habitat is a great project as well as a great time to teach your children about the importance of bees to our environment.

What you’ll need to make your Air Bee n Bee?:

  • 1 empty tin can e.g. a bean tin
  • Bamboo pieces the length of the can and enough to fit tightly inside the can
  • Craft paint or spray paint in yellow and black
  • Paintbrush
  • String
  • Hammer and nail

Instructions:

  1. Paint the outside of the tin yellow and let it dry.
  2. Paint 2 black stripes around the can and let it dry.
  3. Using the hammer and nail, create 2 small holes in the can, one on each end.
  4. Tie a piece of string through the holes to form a hanger.
  5. Place the bamboo pieces into the can making sure they fit in snugly.
  6. Hang your Air Bee n Bee outside off your favourite tree and wait for the bees to
  7. move in.

Garden Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a fantastic way to encourage kids to practice their observation skills. A scavenger hunt also provides a little bit of structure while still offering the flexibility for individual discovery.

Why not print out our handy scavenger hunt sheet below and let the kids look for all the wild and wonderful creatures and plants that can be found in the garden with some careful searching.

You can download and print the example here

Nature Crown:

This crafty creation allows your little one to discover nature, collect some amazing treasures and create a very cool crown in the process!

What you’ll need:

  • Flexible cardboard
  • Masking Tape
  • Scissors Hot glue and glue gun
  • Items from nature e.g. pine cones, acorns, leaves, twigs, bark etc.

How to create your nature crown:

  1. Gather all supplies above, going on a nature walk and discovering some interesting treasures is the catalyst for this crafty project so is the perfect place to start!
  2. Measure your child’s head size and cut the cardboard to the appropriate size. Err on the side of a tightly fitting crown as once the nature items are added they can tend to weigh the crown down. We’ve attached a template here which you can use!
  3. Using masking tape secure the round piece of cardboard together. 
  4. Using hot glue and a glue gun attach your nature treasures such as twigs, pine cones and leaves to your crown.
  5.  Depending on your child’s age they can help you place the items on the crown.
  6.  Wear your crown!

You can download and print the example here

Garden Bingo

Bingo is a fantastic game to develop your child’s attention and listening skills. This take on the traditional game of bingo involves getting out into the garden and looking for as many of the nature themed items and animals as possible.

We’ve created a template which you can use.

This will be a great game to play with siblings or a group of friends and the first to find all items on the bingo card could even win a prize!

You can download and print the example here