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The Great Indoors

Ideas and activities to inspire young minds at home

The Great Indoors

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 coronavirus. 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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The Great Indoors Weekender

The UK’s biggest digital summer camp
11-12 July

From graduations to trips with friends, young people have missed out on all kinds of things this year. We think they deserve something really special – something for Scouts and non-Scouts, all around the globe – so we’re holding (cue big, boomy voice) The Great Indoors Weekender!

Join the UK’s biggest digital summer camp from your living room (or garden, anywhere at home – it’s up to you)

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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 >
How to have a UFO camp at home

Get everyone spending time together and learning new skills.

Suitable for: everyone

How to have a UFO camp at home >
A better understanding of dyslexia

Here’s some information about dyslexia to help you develop your understanding.

Suitable for: everyone

A better understanding of dyslexia >
What3words walk

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

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

What3words walk >
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 >
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 >
Releasing your creativity

Here’s why you should pick up a pencil even if you’re not sure what you’ll produce.

Suitable for: everyone

Releasing your creativity >
Cookies with character

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

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

Cookies with character >
Reaction rockets

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

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

Reaction rockets >
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 >
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 >

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.

Adapting activities to work online and at home

More activities to do at home

There are over 300 more activities for you to do with your little ones over the coming weeks. Check them out here.

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