While some year groups have gone back to school for the children that haven’t, parents are being increasingly pressurised to come up with fun and exciting – yet educational – tasks to keep them occupied while in lockdown. But with figures showing that more than half (56%) of children aged four to 16 would struggle to go a whole day without using a mobile phone and 73% of children finding themselves bored when they are not at school, outdoor education provider Kingswood, wants to encourage families to get outdoors and continue to learn.
Kingswood psychologist, Dr Alice Jones Bartoli, said: “At the moment parents are adapting to take on the role of teacher while also managing the household and working from home, so it can be a stressful time for all. However, a few simple activities can keep children occupied for hours and helps to keep them learning key skills such as problem solving, team work and resilience.”
A scavenger hunt is a fun activity for the whole family. Kingswood’s ‘can you beat the clock’ scavenger hunt, involves timing each member of the family to see how fast they can find the items below:
- A pair of matching socks
- A toy smaller than your hand
- A photo of someone you love
- Something you can see your reflection in
- 2 things that are blue
- A paperback book
- An object that has three different colours
- Something that allows you to tell the time
- 3 things that are green
- A small car or something that features a car
- Something smelly
- A round object
Have a staycation
Many family holidays are no longer happening due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun as a family while staying in. Activities such as having a sleepover in the front room, stargazing and camping out in the back garden, building a den and going orienteering around the house are all fun and help make time off at home a bit more exciting.
Watch wildlife in your garden
You’ll be surprised at what wildlife you may come across in your own back garden. Encourage children to look for different plants, flowers and trees, seeing if they are able to identify them through online research. If they look closely they may even be able to spot different bugs and insects and even some critters such as hedgehogs, foxes and a variety of birds.
Make a bird feeder
Why not bring more birds into the garden by getting kids to make their own bird feeders? Kingswood have created easy to follow instructions (below) which will soon have birds flocking to eat in your garden and all you need is a toilet roll, string, peanut butter and seeds.
- Coat the toilet roll in peanut butter
- Sprinkle bird seed onto a plate and roll the peanut butter covered roll across.
- Create two holes at the top of the roll and use some string to allow the feeder to hang.
- Pop into the garden and find a nice branch to hang the feeder from and sit back and watch the birds come flying in.
Programmes at Kingswood are all about teamwork, building confidence and resilience, while learning life skills. For more information visit www.kingswood.co.uk.
 Survey commissioned by Kingswood in 2019