Are you struggling to juggle all of your usual plates in the air with the added pressure of lockdown? Physical health is paramount, but no matter how large your home is, spending so much time together can cause stresses and strains – even for families who are usually calm, cool and collected.
If the novelty of Netflix binges wore off after the first couple of weeks and you’re worried that your kids are even more glued to their phones than usual, it’s time to take action to inject some positivity into proceedings.
Despite the challenges, the flipside of restrictions is that they provide a different perspective on life and might allow you time to implement personal and family plans you’ve put on hold for too long.
So without further ado, here are five fulfilling family lockdown activities.
1. Create a vision board
Chances are that plenty of your family plans have been paused – from summer holidays to home refurbishment projects and kids’ sporting and school goals.
So creating a collaborative vision board is a brilliant way to look on the bright side for whenever restrictions lift. You can either pin photos, magazine clippings, sketched and motivational quotes to a pinboard or order a customised mural from Pictowall – the choice is yours.
2. Play board games
It’s obvious that most kids prefer twiddling their thumbs on an Xbox or PlayStation controller these days, but if you can dig some traditional board games from your cupboard and convince them to give them a bash, you’ll be surprised how much fun they’ll have.
Trivial Pursuit will flex those mental muscles, Monopoly will appeal to mini business moguls and Buckaroo is just brilliantly addictive!
3. Parents Vs Kids Tik Tok
For something a little more active, a “parents vs kids TikTok dance challenge” is an excellent choice.
You’ll have fab fun trying to learn wild moves like the Fly Killa, Double Dab and Shoulder Shake – while your kids probably end up in hysterics at your amateurish efforts!
Still, it’s great fun and now’s the ideal time to dance like no one’s watching.
4. Mindfulness meditation
If your existential angst has felt turned up to maximum overdrive recently, it’s understandable, but one way of calming down and regaining some perspective is through mindfulness meditation.
There are lots of excellent resources on YouTube and many cathartic breathing exercises only take a couple of minutes, but multi-talented hip-hop pioneer Rza has also recently released an EP of guided meditations and it’s highly rated.
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So there you have them – a fistful of family lockdown activities that should make the next few weeks much more fun and fulfilling.
So ends our list, but please share your own lockdown activity ideas in the comments section below.
*Disclosure: Collaborative Post
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C Desjardins says
Yes we try and do something different between 7 and 8 pm.
Friday we did a pub quiz using Ridley’s Games Room on general knowledge.
Finding games out which you haven’t played for years.
Also activities on Zoom are very good, I do Line Dancing.
We’ve really enjoyed playing Monopoly over Video chat so that Grandad can join in with the game! #KCACOLS
Aww that is lovely x
Lydia C. Lee says
We’ve had a lot of fun with board games and also lawn games – Badminton and Finska…#KCACOLS
Oh how I love board games!!! Currently playing Takenoko games. You should check it out. Super fun for the whole family. #KCACOLS
Jade Page says
We have been playing a few kids board games but I think my husband and I should get some out too for a change. I have been taking advantage of some online training which has been great too. #KCACOLS
Yes, board games have been very useful here. What sort of training have you done? X
Great ideas – we’ve definitely been playing more board games. I downloaded Tiktok but have just deleted it again – I just start watching videos then suddenly find an hour’s gone by haha! #kcacols
Enda Sheppard says
Boardgames and Netflix have been our bonding reliables! #KCACOLS
I think I will stay away from Tik Tok 😛 but the rest of the ideas we’ve already tried and loved them. #KCACOLS
Rob - Paternal Damnation says
We’ve been buying outdoor toy after outdoor toy to try to keep the kids off the Switch and Netflix. Like you say, I think the novelty of Netflix has worn off for them now! #KCACOLS
Rachel Day says
Playing family games u I s a great idea. We try to have a ‘party’ at the weekends. Although now for us lockdown is easing so we gone out at the weekend.
I think we need to get the board games out! I’ve been thinking a lot about doing a masters so I’ll have a look at ARU!
Jo (A Rose Tinted World) says
Some great ideas. I have enjoyed getting out some of the older age board games like ‘Operation’ and ‘Kerplunk’. And we have played a lot of Lego to get through lockdown. #KCACOLS
Melinda Cummings says
We have definitely added more family games nights into our routine.
tracey bowden says
It really hard to keep things fun and interesting when you’re at home all the time isn’t it. this is a great list of ideas #kcacols
Crummy Mummy says
I like the Tik Tok idea – sounds like lots of fun! #KCACOLS