Half Term Self Isolation Activities for Children

We’ve come up with some great activity ideas to keep your younger family members busy while having to stay at home.

It’s nearly half term. If you have a child whose school bubble has been sent home recently, being stuck indoors having to self-isolate is no fun at all. Or is it?

We’ve come up with some great activity ideas to keep your younger family members busy while having to stay at home.

  • The days may be getting shorter and the weather turning wintry but if you’ve got a garden there’s lots to do outdoors. The Woodland Trust has put together some brilliant nature activities that you can do both in your home or in the garden.
  • Why not learn to cook? The internet is full of fabulous recipes for children to try. Just remember to always ask an adult's permission first and make sure you are supervised, especially if using kettles, sharp knives, a hot stovetop or oven
  • With Halloween just round the corner, you could plan a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home, carve or decorate pumpkins to light up the doorstep or in the window, bake a Halloween cake, watch some scary films or make a Halloween-themed face covering
  • If your parents remember the 1990s, tie dye is a fashion trend that will bring back lots of nostalgic memories but it’s currently having a resurgence. There are lots of instructions to make homemade natural dyes from fruits and vegetables on the internet and then just take some old clothes like t-shirts or leggings and give them a brand-new look. Instructions can be found here. Again, make sure to ask an adult’s permission first and put some old newspapers or towels down so the house doesn’t get too messy
  • Housework probably isn’t your idea of fun but perhaps take the chance to declutter your bedroom of old clothes and toys which can be donated to charity. After all, with Christmas, Hannukah and many other winter festivals coming up you’ll want to make room for any gifts you may be given
  • Release your inner thespian. Rope in your siblings, parents or anyone else in your household to create your own performance to keep everyone entertained. Sing songs, choreograph dance routines or make up your own funny or dramatic scenes. You could even make costumes, tickets, programmes, sets and interval snacks from clothes, things and food you have around the house
  • You’ll find lots more fun activities to do if you’re self-isolating here.

For further information on self-isolating, visit our Coronavirus pages.