For my household, being in lockdown has been difficult. Zak’s usually at school, Rick’s usually working late, and I’m working from home or at my parents in their office. Then suddenly, we were all cooped together with nothing to do. However, over time, we’ve all found ways to entertain ourselves and it’s simply become “normality”. Sometimes it’s alone, and sometimes we engage in activities together. We’ve made it work – somehow.
I thought it would be a great idea to put together some ideas for families that are feeling fed up with the same four walls, so take a look at these activities to try that will inspire creativity in your household.
Redecorate a room together
This is something I did very early on during the first lockdown. I’d been furloughed, and when the end of week two hit I was almost tearing my hair out. So I decided to revamp my kitchen. We didn’t really have much of a budget, but I’ve been following a few groups on Facebook and gained inspiration from the Frenchic Facebook group. People up and down the country have been transforming their homes with this magical paint. Beforehand, my kitchen was an ugly bright orange colour (not my choice, don’t ask!) and I decided to paint my kitchen cupboards with the colour Loof from Frenchic.
Do something productive and creative by redecorating a room together as a family!
Build a birdhouse
This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but unfortunately, we don’t have a garden at the moment. However, the second we buy our house this is something that’s at the top of my to-do list. I often look on Pinterest for inspiration and ideas for lovely little touches like these. All you need is some wood, patience, and some non-toxic paint and you can easily create a beautiful birdhouse for the birds visiting your garden!
Write a story
When I was younger I used to love making up stories, and I was convinced that someday I’d write my own (there’s still time!) and be a best selling author. It’s something I’ve been encouraging Zak to do, and a few months ago he wrote a wonderful short story about visiting the sweet shop with trials along the way. Grab some paper and pencils and write a story! You could either write one big story together as a family or spend some time alone and write a creative story each.
Build a family blog
There’s something oh-so-satisfying about building a blog. Well for me anyway! Documenting your life as a family is a wonderful way of storing those treasured memories! You can sit together and choose a beautiful theme, and create a beautiful logo from a fancy fonts site to welcome people to your blog.
Scrapbook your photos
I’m terrible for this. I have photos printed and then never do anything with them! If you’re like me, why not sit down together and stick your treasured memories into a scrapbook? Have your children write their favourite memories in correlation with each photo so that when you look back in many years to come, you can remind yourself of those wonderful memories.
Order a DIY meal kit
I’m an avid watcher of SORTEDFOOD on YouTube, and over lockdown, they’ve been reviewing DIY meal kits from restaurants all over the world, and not only is it a great way to inspire creativity for the whole family, but it helps support those local restaurants and businesses during lockdown too. Plus, you get to eat a delicious meal at the end of it.
Host a themed quiz night
A friend of mine inspired me with this idea. Over lockdown, she’s been documenting her quiz nights over on TikTok with her friends and they’ve done so many from an ’80s themed to prom night themed! Check it out and have a go yourself!
Create care packages for loved ones
We can’t see our loved ones right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show them we care! Put together self-care packages for your loved ones and leave them on their doorstep. You can include things like bath bombs, sweet treats, and anything else they love. It’ll go a long way, and it’s good fun putting them together too!
Start a YouTube channel
This is something Zak has been doing during lockdown, and I think it’s a brilliant idea. He’s been recording himself playing games and things editing skills he’s learned too. It’s a really creative way to get the whole family involved, and learn new skills while doing so!
Create a bucket list
Finally, I think because we’ve been cooped up for so long together that it’s important to make a bucket list of things to do once BoJo lets us out again. Even smaller things like going to the park with your whole family can be on there, so sit together and create a bucket list of things you all want to do!
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