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The Great Indoors

Ideas and activities to inspire young minds at home

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

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Below, you’ll find some of our favourite activities to do at home with the kids. Once you’ve finished, you’ll find hundreds more to keep you busy here. 

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Play our game

Use technology to create connections by making and sharing an instruction video.

Suitable for: 6-14s | Takes: 1hr

Play our game >
Energy diaries

Discover how much electricity you really use every day. How could you reduce the amount?

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

Energy diaries >
The Great Indoors Badge is here!

To get started, head over to The Great Indoors Badge page.

Suitable for: everyone

Earn your badge today >
Mental health resources

We’ve gathered lots of blogs and resources to help support young people (and each other). 

Suitable for: everyone

Mental health resources >
Reaction rockets

Reach for the stars in this space race involving acid-base reaction rockets!

Suitable for: 8-14s | Takes: 1hr30

Reaction rockets >
Rainbow fruit mix

Embrace a healthy lifestyle by making and sharing fruity rainbow skewers.

Suitable for: 6-8s | Takes: 50 mins 

Rainbow fruit mix >
Peake performance

Follow in Tim Peake's footsteps and learn how to survive in space. 

Suitable for: 6-10s | Takes: 1hr

Peake performance >
What3words walk

Use the what3words app to take on checkpoint challenges as you complete a hike.

Suitable for: 10-18s | Takes: 4hrs

What3words walk >
Sharing your lockdown traditions

Lots of you have told us about the new family traditions which emerged last year.

Suitable for: everyone

Sharing your lockdown traditions >
Help children develop empathy

Empathy is one of the most important life skills. Here's how to help kids develop it. 

Suitable for: everyone

How to help children develop empathy >
Cookies with character

Decorate your own happy cookie characters and create some tasty treats.

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

Cookies with character >
Mission to Mars

Lift off and learn by becoming an astronaut and boldly venturing to Mars.

Suitable for: 8-14s | Takes: 1hr

Mission to Mars >
Telescopic creations

Construct a telescope and use it to look into the sky and discover the stars.

Suitable for: 8-14s | Takes: 30 mins

Telescopic creations >
Kindness rocks

Show how a kind message can make all the difference and write one for a friend in need.

Suitable for: 6-14s | Takes: 50 mins

Kindness rocks >
Great to be grateful

Create a card to thank someone for being a great friend.

Suitable for: 6-10s | Takes: 30 mins

Great to be grateful >

Adapating activities to work online and at home

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. We’ve put together some suggestions for how you could make them work, whoever and wherever you are.

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