With so many families in lockdown, and the COVID-19 cabin fever kicking in, we’re bringing you 23 fun ways to switch things up!

It’s no fun being stuck at home for days on end, and it can be really challenging for kids to handle as well. So how can you break up the day? We’ve got loads of fun ideas for the whole family that won’t break the bank, and will make the days more fun.

23 Fun Things To Do With Your Family At Home During Lockdown

1. Watch the sunrise

Head outside in your PJs, with a coffee in hand and watch the sunrise as a family.

2. Do some Epsom Salt Painting

This is a new way to paint, and our members are loving it. Whip up the epsom salt paint and watch the kids get creative.

3. Bake white chocolate banana bread

Everyone loves banana bread, but have you tried white chocolate banana bread? It’s total game-changer.

4. Have a paper plane competition

Give everyone an A4 piece of paper and see who’s plane can fly the furthest. A little family rivalry never hurt anyone!

5. Toss together some rainbow rice

This is so pretty, and you’ll have everything you need at home to make this rainbow rice. It’s great for sensory play.

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6. Wash your car

With the weather warming up, and time on your hands, it’s a great opportunity to get the kids outside and busy cleaning the car.

7. Create salt dough Christmas decorations

Get a head start on Christmas by making and baking salt dough decorations.

8. Find a penpal for your little ones

Do a callout on Facebook and ask your friends from other states if they’d like a little pen-mate. Kids love stalking the postie for mail, and sending it is fun too.

9. Make cloud playdough

Cloud dough; It’s like normal playdough only so much softer

10. Make a DIY desk organiser

Use up empty toilet rolls and turn them into a colourful DIY desk organiser for the kids desks.

11. Whip up 2-ingredient lemon bath bombs

When you can’t go to a real day spa, make a spa at home. Create these 2-ingredient bath bombs and fill the tub.

12. Create crayon art

Use broken and leftover crayons and turn them into this fun crayon art.

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13. Make non-toxic finger paint

Made from pantry ingredients, and totally toddler-friendly, this non-toxic finger paint is great for kids of all ages.

14. Race in marble run craft

Create this interactive marble run and race your family to find out who is the winner!

15. Let the kids cook up an easy air-fryer baked potato for dinner

Such an easy dinner the kids can make it! These air-fryer baked potatoes are delicious, and easy to make. Put your feet up while the kids cook.

16. Play a board game

Pull out the board games and play one you haven’t in a while. Or head online and buy a new one. Our family loves Scattergories. It’s a great educational way to have fun with the family.

17. Watch the sunset

Pack a picnic, head out to the front lawn and watch the sun go down.

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18. Paint rocks and hide them

With lockdown rules allowing families to exercise once a day, you can go for a walk and hide painted rocks along the way.

19. Update your home with DIY sofa covers

Give your sofa a fresh new look by creating these DIY sofa covers at home.

20. Make fairy pink playdough

What’s the best kind of playdough to make? Fairy pink playdough. Whip up this easy recipe and play with the kids.

21. Whip up no-cook non-toxic playdough

Want to make playdough but don’t want to turn on the stove-top? This is the non-cook playdough recipe for you.

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22. Join a photo a day challenge

One thing that costs nothing and is fun to do, is a photo a day challenge. The Fat Mum Slim photo a day challenge is all about capturing what you’re grateful for. All photography skill levels are welcome.

23. Have a movie day

Pop the popcorn, and make little tickets for the movie. Get the kids to hand in their ticket and take a seat on the lounge for a movie day.

What’s your favourite thing to do as a family during lockdown?

  • Such great ideas! You can still have fun in lockdown


  • I’m just running out of enthusiasm for anything that takes effort.


  • great ideas – we have been doing lots of rock painting and hiding


  • I love these ideas! We need some fresh things to do. Thank-you for posting :)


  • oh wow ! this is a fantastic list, thankyou ! I’ll be getting these together, no more “muuuuuummm I’m bored” here !


  • Love the suggestion. I think I will start making Christmas decorations with my kids


  • Love these suggestions. My kids love to do family Kahoot! game.


  • These are some brilliant ideas to keep everyone occupied


  • Some really good ideas for everyone and all seasons


  • I live these ideas! Particularly the painted rocks one, so cute!


  • Our son is older so we’ve binge-watched some TV shows and enjoyed that time together.

    • We like to have a movie day as a treat too!

      • Yes sometimes I don’t have the energy for all these activities and some screen time keeps us all sane


  • I love that so many of these fun things to do are budget friendly.


  • I’m exhausted just looking at this list, but my kids would certainly like some of these things.

    • Yep I had many lovely creative hours with my 2 eldest kids, but my 2 younger kids with special needs have changed my perspective too ;) !


  • Great ideas thank you! Will definitely try the play doh


  • Love the ideas, will definitely give it a try!


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