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The Great Indoors

We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.  

While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

Snap happy

Learn how to use a camera, and share your skills with others.

Suitable for: 8-10s | Takes: 30 mins

Snap happy >
Storm in a teacup

Understand energy by creating your own tornado.

Suitable for: 8-10s | Takes: 20 mins

Storm in a teacup >
How to be kind to yourself

Five ways to be kind to yourself with mindfulness and self-care (even if you don't really feel like it). 

Suitable for: everyone

How to be kind to yourself >
The leafy hedgehog

Get crafty with natural materials to create a leafy hedgehog of your own.

Suitable for: 6-10s | Takes: 20 mins

The leafy hedgehog >
Lolly stick catapults

Put your pioneering skills to the test by creating a miniature catapult from lolly sticks.

Suitable for: 6-10s | Takes: 25 mins

Lolly stick catapults >
Be a blackout poet

Anyone can be a poet (even if they don’t know it). Set your inner poet free!

Suitable for: 10-14s | Takes: 30 mins

Be a blackout poet >


We hope you found these activities helpful. They’re free - of course! - but if you like what you’ve seen and want to chip in to help us keep the activities coming, you can make a donation here. 



Leaf animals

Look at leaves in a different way and use them to make an animal collage.

Suitable for: 6-8s | Takes: 50 mins

Leaf animals >
Switch off challenge

Take on the switch off challenge to find a healthy balance between time on and away from screens.

Suitable for: 10-18s | Takes: 15 mins

Switch off challenge >
Mark my words

Never lose your place in a book again, thanks to this monster bookmark. 

Suitable for: 6-8s | Takes: 20 mins

Mark my words >
Fabulous fancy frames

Craft a frame for a photograph that makes you smile then make a gallery for everyone to admire.

Suitable for: 6-8s | Takes: 45 mins

Fabulous fancy frames >
Teeny tiny twig rafts

Build a miniature raft with twigs and leaves, then set sail. Will yours float successfully away?

Suitable for: 8-10s | Takes: 30 mins

Teeny tiny twig rafts >
An in-tents year

Get creative and make a colourful calendar to show off your best photos.

Suitable for: 8-10s | Takes: 1 hr

An in-tents year >
Weekly wins

Make diaries to record little victories, as we work out what wins do for our wellbeing.

Suitable for: 10-14s | Takes: 25 mins

Weekly wins >
To foldly go

Fold for fun in this traditional origami challenge and design your own outfit.

Suitable for: 10-18s | Takes: 25 mins

To foldly go >
Changing your coat

Understand your local coat of arms, then make your own shield.

Suitable for: 8-10s | Takes: 1 hr

Changing your coat >

These activities were originally designed for groups meeting face-to-face, so you may have to think on your feet to make them work in the (very unique) situation we’re in. Anyone can be the person leading the game or activity, so why not let young people take charge? Instead of chatting in a real-life group, you could use the internet (safely) or talk to someone at home – we’ve heard that hamsters make pretty great listeners.

More activities to do at home

There are over 100 more activities for you to do with your little ones over the coming weeks. Check them out here.

Find more activities

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