Last updated on June 17th, 2020 at 03:53 pm
As a mom, you already know how hard it can be to keep your kids entertained when they’re stuck inside on a rainy day. But during the lockdown, that job can seem ten times harder.
If you’ve exhausted all other ideas (and you don’t want to sit down to watch Frozen for the sixth time today), read on for four exciting at-home activities and tasks for toddlers to keep you all busy during the lockdown.
Treat your toddler to a subscription box
For children, the excitement of receiving something in the mail is akin to that of the joy of Christmas Eve. Where adults receive letters all the time, the experience is still a novelty for toddlers. Subscription boxes are a great way to tap into that excitement during the lockdown.
You might have already heard of subscription boxes, curated monthly packages containing everything from hair and beauty products to alcohol tasters or recipe kits.
Subscription boxes aren’t just for adults either — you can also get subscription boxes for kids, such as Sago Mini’s delightful little surprises. These boxes contain a variety of fun activities, based around a different theme each month.
From plans and pet cafes to fairy tales and outer space, these little boxes contain everything you need to keep your toddler entertained. Each activity is designed to help your child learn through play, perfect for boredom-busting while school is out.
Teach your child the joy of cooking
Cooking is a simple and fun activity that’s perfect for keeping your toddler entertained during the lockdown.
Obviously you can’t cook complicated dishes with your toddler, but there are plenty of other simple recipes you can make with your child. Making cake mix is an easy and fun one to start with, especially when it means mixing it all together with your hands!
If your toddler has more of a savory tooth, why not try making your own pizzas? This helps them develop an eye for taste combinations, as well as letting your child express their creative side.
But one of the best things about cooking with your toddler is that it makes them feel included and valued, crucial at a time when they are unable to see their friends at school.
Build a secret fort
You’d be hard-pressed to find something more exciting for a toddler than building a fort. Whether it’s a secret hiding place in the garden or a cozy fort in the living room, building and playing in a fort will keep your toddler entertained for hours.
Fort building is also a great activity for parents to get involved in too. While your child should take the lead with their vision, as a parent, you can help them nail down the logistics and do the legwork. Today, they’re the boss!
This is an opportunity to let your child get creative, learning the ins-and-outs of basic building with anything you might have around the house — blankets, cushions, chairs, and so on. Once they’ve got their fort perfected, let them have their own adventures or simply chill out with a coloring book. Bliss.
Let your creativity flow with arts & crafts
Sometimes the old classics are the best, and arts and crafts are definitely up there. It’s the perfect combination of creative fun with education thrown in there too, plus it’s easy to get started with as well.
If you want something simple, try some finger painting or drawing. All you need is some paper and crayons, and your toddler can while away the hours in peace.
But if you want to really get stuck into some arts and crafts, why not try something a bit more complex? Try your hand at making a robot out of old cardboard boxes, do some DIY pottery with playdough, or you could even make your own slime!
You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy arts and crafts either. If you have some glue, coloring materials, and some old boxes or bits of fabric lying around the house, all you need is a creative mind to put them all together.
Ask any parent and they’ll agree that keeping toddlers busy and entertained is no small task. But when you’re stuck inside during the lockdown, it doesn’t get any easier. The ideas above should give you some inspiration to stave off boredom for even the most energetic and restless child while you’re stuck inside!