With usual Easter half-term plans cancelled you can still make it a positive time to remember for your little ones, it’s a chance to spend more time together than you usually would so make the most of it.
Here are six ideas that we have put together to keep your family keep occupied whilst self-isolating:
Enter our competition
For your chance to win a boost of £10, £15 or £25 your little one’s KidStart or Beanstalk savings let them design their own Easter egg! Here’s a worksheet for them to get creative with. To enter share the finished picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag either KidStart (@kidStart on Facebook and Twitter and @kidstart.co.uk on Instagram) or Beanstalk (@thebeanstalkapp on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) – our new app and we’ll select three winners. Competition ends 17th April…crayons at the ready!
Getting creative with the kids is a wonderful way take your mind off what is happening and keep them entertained. Both Etsy and Not On The High Street have some amazing craft kits for kids, from sewing and knitting to painting and model making, their selection is great and you can earn 3% back for your kids at Etsy and 2% at Not On The Highstreet with KidStart. The website 5 Minute Fun also has some brilliant things you can craft using bits from around the house too.
A favourite at KidStart HQ is having a den making competition. Find all the blankets, chairs, cushions in your home and help the kids build their own fort, you can judge which is the best. You can also team up and build a bigger fort in the front room, decorate it with fairy lights and have a movie night cuddled up together. Trust us, den building is as much fun for adults as it is for the kids!
Cook up a storm
Get the kids in the kitchen and cook or bake something delicious with them. Don’t worry if you’re not quite Jamie Oliver or Mary Berry there’s tonnes of easy recipes online. We recommend checking out supermarket websites and their recipe sections like on Tesco where you can earn up to £4 back. We love the look of Rita’s Rowdy Enchiladas and the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Thumbprint cookies. If you’re in need of baking trays, cookie cutters or new weighing scales then head to Argos and get 1% back or John Lewis & Partners and get 1.5% back.
Now that sun is starting to shine if you’re lucky enough to have a garden or balcony then why not plant some flowers, veg, fruit or herbs with your little ones. It’s a great way to teach them how plants grow and gives them some responsibility, seeing their reaction when they start to grow or when you can eat your own produce will be well worth it. Get 2% back at B&Q, 1.3% back at Wilko.com and 1% back at eBay on plant pots, fertiliser, bulbs and seeds.
We know it can be tricky to keep the kids active when we’ve got to stay at home so why not create a mini obstacle course or circuit in your home or garden. Be inventive find things for them to crawl under, run around jump over, you can time them to make them try harder. If you do this more than once you can create a leader board and get them to try and beat their time.
Random acts of kindness
Now more than ever it’s important to be kind and care for each other so random of acts of kindness is such a lovely way of doing this. You may have seen examples of this on social media and the news. The Mental Health Foundation has a page on acts you can do and get your kids involved with. You could try and do one random act a day and explain to your little ones why it’s important to do.
Please share photos of you and your little ones on social media and remember to tag us if you do any of the activities we’ve suggested.