A new year would usually mean the return to football clubs, dance classes and many more social activities you and your family are probably used to having in your calendars after Christmas. Sadly, these aren’t able to happen at the moment, but there are lots of ways you can keep active, have fun and keep your kids entertained at home – that doesn’t involve sitting in front of computer screens. We know that’s a huge worry for parents at home at the moment as classes take place online and we hope you find something on this list that inspires you to shake up their routines.

The Great Indoor Bake Off

A fun way to teach your children the baking basics and have some friendly competition along the way! Try making your family out of gingerbread people! (We can’t guarantee flattering results though)

Make a Scrapbook

Get your old family photos that have never been sorted into albums and make a scrapbook out of them! Childhood memories or holidays. A great way to spend a rainy afternoon and laugh about better days!

Do Joe Wicks Workouts

The last couple of lockdowns mean we now have tons of pre-existing Joe Wicks workouts to follow in the morning! Start your own family fitness challenge in your own time, following these fun kid friendly workouts before school in the morning.

Come Dine With Me

A huge trend that hit TikTok last year but we still think is super fun! If your kids are old enough to use the kitchen, you may be feeling brave enough to let them create their own menu’s with zero supervision. Take it in turns over the week to provide 3 courses to your family members and vote at the end to see who is the champion. For younger kids, having some help from mum and dad to make what they want is a good idea!

Binge A Film Series

How many movie series have you seen all the way through? Is it time to revisit the classics? We recommend a Harry Potter marathon personally. But there are so many to choose from: Marvel movies, The Hunger Games, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, Back To The Future, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Men In Black and many many more.

Make Ice Lollies

Start prepping your favourite creations ready for Summer! Plus, there’s really no law on when you can have an ice lolly – they’re always tasty! We recommend using a few of your favourite drinks to do this. Pour a little of one flavour, wait for it to freeze, before adding your second flavour and so on – add a stick in the final layer and wait for it to freeze. Your very own stripey lolly creation.

Build A Den

Building a den is a cool way to pass some time and challenges you to come up with creative ways to get comfy. Try adding some battery powered fairy lights on the inside for some extra magic.

FaceTime Grandparents

We are all home alone right now. A video chat will make the Grandparents day – you can tell them about all the other fun things on the list you’ve done so far!

Write A Letter

Old school but a unique way to tell your friends and family you are thinking of them – and acts as a nice little surprise in the post. Bills are boring, we wish we received more letters instead! Put a newsletter together about your Christmas or how school is going or what plans you want to make when you can meet up again. Draw pictures, add stickers and have fun!

Board Game Night

You probably have a lot of board games stacked up in a cupboard somewhere that haven’t seen the light of day for a while. Get a game of Monopoly, Scrabble or Cluedo going with your family and spend some time away from your screens.