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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 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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How do you see the world?

Try to draw each others' thoughts and learn about how people see the world differently.

Suitable for: 6-14s | Takes: 30 mins

How do you see the world? >
Pinhole pictures

Make your own version of a pinhole camera. Can you still take the perfect shot?

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

Pinhole pictures >
9 ways to deal with stress

Nine small things to help you cope at the moment.

Suitable for: everyone

9 ways to deal with stress >
Get SMART

Nail down the perfect personal challenge and set yourself up for success.

Suitable for: 10-18s | Takes: 30 mins

Get SMART >
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 >
A cut above

Explore cultures from across the globe in this paper-cutting craft activity.

Suitable for: 10-18s | Takes: 1hr

A cut above >
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 >
Storm in a teacup

Understand energy by creating your own tornado.

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

Storm in a teacup >
Cosmic quest

Collect stars as you zoom through this athletic astronomical adventure.

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

Cosmic quest >
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 >
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 >
Snap happy

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

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

Snap happy >
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 >
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 >

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.

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