7 Quick Boredom Busters for Kids at Home (Part 1)

What a crazy time we find ourselves in, right Mums? We can’t go to work (except the few superheroes amongst us in the Health and other Essential Services, we salute you!) and the kids can’t go to school, and so we find ourselves stuck indoors together all day and night for the next 3 weeks.

Sheesh.

We know how stressed you must be, especially if you are still working from home during this time, and we know how desperate we all will become to keep our children occupied in the long days ahead, so we have put together a quick no-fuss list of home activities to help you in this strange time.

In “Part 1” we have included our favourite free resources for online learning, as well as activities that will keep the kids curious, creative and far from bored!

1. Listen to Stories with Audible

This site has an enormous library of audiobooks, radio and TV programs, and audio versions of magazines and newspapers. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, they have opened their library by making all stories free to stream on desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. To access their incredible collection of stories go here.

2. Learn for Free with Vodacom e-School

Free for all customers, Vodacom’s e-school is a collection of video lessons, homework questions and interactive quizzes developed by expert teachers for grades R-12. Best of all? Vodacom customers don’t pay for data or content when using Vodacom e-school.

3. Get Curious with The Kids Should See This

This is a wonderful collection of the coolest videos to spark your child’s interest in a vast number of topics. There is something here for kids of all ages and will keep them occupied for hours as they explore the site and find new interesting things to learn about!

4. Put the Screens Away with Kidscoop

These printed activity packets are totally free and guaranteed to keep the kids entertained for a few hours while still exercising their brains and learning new things – without looking at a screen!

5. Pick a Boredom Buster Suggestion from TVO Kids

This list of cool and clever ideas is long enough to last the whole lockdown period! With suggestions like “choreograph a dance” to “help your parents with a chore” there is a wide range of boredom-busting activities to choose from! Print them out or choose them from the site every time, it’s totally up to you. Find them here.

 6. Spark Creativity with these 50 Easy Indoor Activities for Kids

This is truly the ultimate list of indoor activities! They are cheap and easy to set up with household materials you might already have on hand. And even better than that – many of these are great ways to recycle and reuse packaging and materials from home. Perhaps go through the list and pick out the ones that you think your kids will love based on their age, their interests and what materials you have at home, and then get them to pick one that they want to do each day. You can get the full list here.

7. Get Baking Together with our Sugar Cookie Recipe

Baking is a fun activity to do together, and with our recipe for the best-ever sugar cookies you can get everyone involved in some way. Make shapes, spell out words, make them a bit fancier with a few extra ingredients – whatever you like!

We hope this Part 1 of boredom-busting activities helps to get your kids excited about learning, being creative and spending time together as a family during this lockdown period! Look out for Part 2 coming soon.

 

Written by: Tish Stekhoven

20 thoughts on “7 Quick Boredom Busters for Kids at Home (Part 1)

  1. nicolefennie says:

    Wow thank you much for the plug! I never knew that Vodacom has a free learning platform and I’ve just registered 🙂 I cant wait to do some learning activities with my son and the best of all is that its free 🙂

  2. wendysconsultants says:

    My 16 year old girl ia demanding our attention in every possible way and I love it. I get to make Tik toks with her. She does my nails. We do rock painting together . We walk together every morning for an hour. Lock down has been rwally positive for our relationship .

  3. KIRBY-LEE says:

    Me and my 11 year old daughter have started doing crafts around the house using recycled items.. it’s so much fun and is quite stimulating.. never a bored moment!

  4. Prudence Mmoni says:

    I have twin girls who keep me on my toes all the time. It would be fun for me to do something fun with them. Thanks so much for the ideas. I’m enjoying my time with them during this lockdown and doing schoolwork. As much as we miss being out there in the malls, taking a walk or just chatting to a neighbour, this lockdown has made us all realize what’s most important! 💕

  5. liebenbergl says:

    Good Ideas have 10 year old twins that keeps me on my toes and another set in high school so yes challenging times keeping up with homework, being a full time teacher, mother (running a household and having to work from home is really been tuff. But we are SA moms nothing we cannot handle.

  6. bugsvr08 says:

    Awesome ideas to help our little ones during this very trying time! We all hanging in there, albeit by a thread, but we hanging 🙂 Thanks for all your tips to get us through this!

  7. Sharmain says:

    This lock down period has made me realize how much the school teachers really go through. I salute them. These ideas are really great with my 9 year old and keeping her extra busy. Thank u 🌻

  8. Mildred says:

    I have personally learned to clean my light in this lockdown, specifically the passage light. It brightens up everything. Remember to clean your light

  9. Shamsi says:

    These ideas for keeping the kids busy sounds really fun i will definitely try them out because being a mum and being alone at home trying to keep a 2yr and 7yr old busy while i try and jugle my online studies is not easy in this pendemic. Thank you Mumbox

  10. Zimbini Tulisa says:

    I unfortunately, I’m not with my kids during this challenging time and I often find myself alone and feeling lonely. It would have been the perfect time to get to share the love, the hugs, the random kisses, the conversations and keeping them safe. I survive on buying data bundles and loads of airtime to communicate with them. This website has equipped me with ways to make it all worthwhile when we do meet again. Thank you for giving me hope, I don’t feel like I have lost anything.

  11. Chantelle says:

    The lockdown has actually brought the family closer..Children are helping their little brother and sister with school work 😊..I am actually enjoying spending reading time with them, we each read a paragraph which makes it more fun

  12. Jerushia says:

    Thank you for this post! Lockdown has us all pulling out our hair with a house full of kids! These ideas are useful and can’t wait to keep the kiddies busy with it!

  13. Gail says:

    Great selection of boredom busters. I have downloaded the audible app and can’t wait to listen some stories with my daughter and looking forward to trying the other ideas.

  14. Avril says:

    Saw a great game on Pinterest for moms to keep her kids busy. You have 3 different A4 in a row. You can have about 15 rows. Each rows has a pic of either a right/left hand or a right/left foot. Like Twister the kids have to jump to each row of 3 doing exactly what the pic says, either putting down their right hand, right foot or left hand. Each row is mixed up so the kids need to concentrate hard to get it right. Lots of fun

  15. Jacqueline says:

    This period of the lockdown made me realize how caught up as parents we get with work and cleaning that we actually forget to spend some real quality time with our kids. I’ve learnt to spend more time other things can wait besides my kiddies 😊

    Life gets so hectic and out of control those little moments and memories to make are at the bottom of our list 📃 new rules are made now to prioritize properly and make the time ⌚ even if it’s 15 minutes or 20 minutes for our kids it’s a lifetime ❤️❤️❤️😊

  16. Buhle says:

    Lockdown has made me realize that motherhood, with all its challenges, is one of the biggest blessings that we as mothers have. Yes, it gets hard, frustrating, messy, and downright emotional at times, but I’m here to tell you, ‘We gat this’……

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