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Keeping kids entertained during lockdown

Find ideas to help children get creative and fire up their imaginations while they’re at home.

With the country back in lockdown and schools closed, we know that many parents will be juggling responsibilities. We are here to help.

Keeping the kids entertained all day is not always easy - but it is exactly what we do in our child-friendly spaces around the world.

Below you can find lots of activities to enjoy with your little ones. We’ve got dens to build, pom poms to make and stories to watch, as well as educational resources to help fill the days at home and keep children active, creative and happy.

 

Getting creative is a great way to fill the hours when going outside isn’t an option. We've got some ideas you can try below, but why not see what you can find around the house and let your imagination run wild. 1, 2, 3...go!

Make some pom poms

In our child-friendly spaces around the world, we use arts and crafts to keep children entertained and help them express their imagination.

Pom pom making is loads of fun and brightens up any play space! Give our tutorial a go below.

Get cooking

We've got some of our friends to share their favourite lockdown recipes for cooking together. With few ingredients and simple steps, everyone can get involved in getting food on the table. 

Quick, delicious suppers from Jamie Oliver

Two dads make Leek and Potato soup

Two Dads' leek and potato soup recipe

Bake a cake with DJ Cuppy

DJ Cuppy's Victoria Sponge recipe

Play is important to healthy brain development. Here you can help your children explore what's around them and have fun!

Build a den

Will you use some sheets and upturned chairs? Fairy lights? Cushions? Or maybe a clothes line and blankets can create the perfect pitch? So many options...so much time!

Get moving!

While we are all staying at home, it is more important than ever to keep active. Now is a great time to learn dancing - and who better to teach you than Bruno Tonioli?!

Need the perfect playlist?

Sophie Ellis-Bextor has put together a selection of tunes that will have you dancing around the kitchen in no time.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

*By using this playlist, please note that copyright applies to playing this music. We recommend that when playing these music tracks, you should always access via websites permitted to play the listed music (e.g., Spotify, Apple music)

Whether you are looking for an adventure, some calm or to share a laugh, these videos are perfect for firing up kids’ imaginations and giving grown-ups the chance to take a breath while they’re stuck at home.

STAY AT HOME WITH PEPPA

These all-new toy episodes from Peppa Pig show how Peppa is spending her time staying at home, helping with the cleaning, and enjoying virtual calls while she can't be with her friends. 

Gather around for story time

Step into new and fantastical worlds with these videos of your favourite people reading beautiful children’s books.

Each story can change a child's future, and you can help us do that. Find out more about Save with Stories.

Share a laugh with Lost Voice Guy

Lee Ridley, AKA Lost Voice Guy, has some seriously funny jokes to keep you and your family laughing through lockdown.

We are pleased to be partnering with Discovery on Little Discoveries - a new video series packed with ideas to help keep the kids entertained at home.

Each episode has an expert host who will show you fun activities we can all do indoors - whether your passion is cooking, arts & crafts, or you just want to play a game!

Little Discoveries is raising awareness and funds for children and families across the UK who have been most affected by the pandemic. If you enjoy watching the videos, you can support by donating to Discovery's RISE programme here

Get cooking with Tom Kerridge

Rustle up Speedy Banana Ice cream, Easy Peasy Ham and Pea Pasta and Smiley Pancakes with your little people. Delicious!

Get creative with Zoe Pocock

Make a memory wall, colourful desk tidy tins, and jars of joy with the children in your life. Beautiful!

Get racing with Karun Chandhok

Build a race-against-the-clock game, a rubber band racer and a cardboard garage. Go!

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