We know that it can be hard to keep coming up with fun and interesting things to keep the children entertained at home, so we've gathered together some of our favourite activities for children aged 5 to 11 in order to share them with you in our new Home Activities Hub. Take a look at:
- Our Quick and Easy collection features a number of simple activities that are quick to set up and make use of materials that you are likely to already have around the home
- Our Spring Activities Pack is a FREE download of 28 spring-themed activities
- Our Mini Membership scheme gives you access to our entire library of 100s of fun activities for primary school children
- Our Alternative Festivals Calendar contains a whole year of quirky festivals and anniversaries to celebrate
- Our Low Stress Party Book has loads of ideas on how to hold a fun birthday party with minimal resources
More activity resources and ideas coming soon so do check back!
Note that our activities are aimed at children of primary school age. Some may also be suitable for pre-school children with minor adjustments, but this is at your own discretion as the activities may include elements which are not appropriate for young children such as small parts, hot surfaces or substances that need treating with caution.
These activities are quick and easy to set up, and/or use materials you that you are likely to already have around the home:
Making these caterpillars is so easy that all the children can do it, but the best bit comes when you race them across the table afterwards. A really quick and entertaining activity to brighten a dull afternoon!
This is a good activity to do outside with the kids. Making the bubble blowers is very straightforward and afterwards the children can have loads of fun seeing who can create the longest bubble snake. For more entertainment value you can try adding a little food colouring to the bubble mixture to create coloured snakes.
We've been experimenting with creating mysterious ancient scrolls. Cold tea and judicious distressing of the paper give them an authentic ancient feel, then the children can use them for treasure maps, secret messages or even ancient curses! They had lots of fun with this one - but you do need to be able to dry lots of damp sheets of paper overnight. And you can seal your scrolls using real wax seals.
Paper plate challenge
This is a great activity for a group of tired children (or adults), when the weather is rubbish and everyone is feeling a little bit miserable. Needs nothing more than some cheap paper plates and some felt pens. Guaranteed to improve the mood!
Set the children to work making loads of flowers with this lovely spring craft, which uses just wool and pipecleaners (and a fork!) Wrap up a bunch with a ribbon to create a pretty gift bouquet.
This activity is so simple and uses the most basic of supplies (just paper and pens), but it really engages the children's imaginations coming up with new ideas for misleading-looking monsters.
For a seasonal collection of activities in a single download, see our Spring Activities Pack. This PDF file contains 28 spring-themed activities for primary school-aged children with step-by-step instructions: crafts, games, recipes and more. Now available as a FREE download.
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Join our Mini Membership scheme, and get access to our entire library of 100s of activity factsheets for six months. Membership is just £10!
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Looking for more ideas for activities? Check out our calendar of unusual and unconventional festivals, each with a suggested themed activity, for fresh ideas throughout the year.
Visit our Alternative Festivals Calendar >
If you're facing the prospect of celebrating a child's birthday on a much reduced scale whilst stuck at home with no access to the shops, take a look at our Low-Stress Party Book. It contains a collection of party games, food, and decoration ideas, aimed at the busy parent who wants to throw a party that their child will love, whilst expending minimal time, money and effort! Most of the activities use materials or ingredients that you are likely to already have around the home. We've focused on fun, not fancy!
The Low-Stress Party Book costs £10.00 and is supplied as a PDF file for immediate download. Use discount code PARTY20 to get 20% off until the end of June.
Find out more about the Low-Stress Party Book >