If you’re feeling a bit cooped up and want some ideas for free and fun things to do, here are some games you can play to beat the boredom.
Game #1: Jump to the beat
Game #2: People's vote
Get them to ask everyone in your family what their favourite animal, fruit or TV show is. You can also do it the other way round, and find out which type of music, or vegetable is their least favourite.
Ask them to write it down so they can show you the most and least popular in your household. Hello, Brussel sprouts!
Game #3: Bursting bubbles
Game #4: Bingo
Bingo is a fast-paced game that kids love to play. You could make or buy your own scorecards of 5 squares across and 5 squares down and add in some numbers. Cut out a matching set of numbers, put them in a hat or bowl, and give everyone a scorecard and a pen. Then pull out a number, show it to the children - and get them to colour over the matching number on their scorecard if they have it. They’ll love yelling ‘Bingo!’ when they get a full house.
Game #5: Play shops
Help them get some tins from the kitchen, then choose which cans are worth 10p, 20p or £1 in pretend money. Have a go at making your own paper coins together (10p, 20p and £1). Next, decide who is going to be the shopkeeper and who is going to be the customer. You could take it in turns to shop using the money you made and see who gets the best deal!
Game #6: Grand designs
Game #7: Number magnets
If you have some, get some number magnets and help them count forwards from Zero-10. Stick each number on the fridge or the radiator as you go. When you've stuck all the numbers up, why not count backwards from 10-Zero together? If your child is in P1, their Bookbug bag has free number magnets all ready to go!
Game #8: Snakes and ladders
Game #9: Penny Tumble
Game #10: Breakfast by numbers
If you need to keep them busy at breakfast, get them to do something like counting the number of words they can find on their cereal pack with the same letter. Count the number of words they can find beginning with the same letter. You can also get them to do something like finding words that rhyme.
Game #11: Two dice = lots of different numbers
Game #12: Shaping up
Game #13: What’s the time Mr Wolf?
The next time your child has friends round, a fun game they can play is 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' Mr Wolf stands at one end of the room and everyone else at the other side. Mr Wolf turns his back while the others shout 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' Mr Wolf answers with a time (4 o'clock for example) and the players then take 4 steps towards him. They keep asking the question until he shouts 'Dinnertime' and tries to catch a player. If Mr Wolf catches them, they become Mr Wolf. Watch out!
Game #14: Stop the clock
If you want something that will keep them busy, grab your phone or a clock and ask your child to find as many green things as they can in the living room in 30 seconds. To mix it up, change the amount of time you have, the room that you're looking in and the colour you choose. Why not join in yourself, and take it in turns to time each other as you move from room to room. It’ll keep you both fit too.
Game #15: Ready, steady, go!
If you want a trick to get them doing something in record time, why not try “ready steady go”? Use a stopwatch or a clock with a second hand to help your child figure out how long it takes to do everyday things - like tidying up toys, getting ready in the morning, or helping you sort out the recycling. You’ll probably find they’ll start trying to “beat” their record- good news for getting the chores done!