Guest Blog: 13 Fun Activities to Do At Home with Family by iZully

I’m excited to be hosting another guest post this week. It’s been a few weeks since the last one – I’ve been too busy rambling on myself to let anyone else get a look in! But we’re back this week with a nice little post from a company called iZully. iZully is an online marketplace that helps parents find the best, reviewed children’s classes in their local towns. They are currently working with providers in London and the surrounding areas (Essex, Kent and Surrey). They also write a daily blog with relevant content about after school clubs and activities and other trending topics. Today they have kindly offered to give us some great ideas of things to do at home with our families. Perfect half term timing!

 

Some believe that participating in an activity requires an outdoor environment. Wrong. There are many fun activities that can be done as a family! From playing board games to building objects, activities will bring you and your family much closer together when bored indoors on a rainy day!

13 Fun Activities!

1. Plastic Bag Parachutes

plastic bag parachutes

This is an amazing child experiment that can be easily carried out! Simply find a paper clip to use as a weight, some string for the ropes and a plastic bag. Once the creation is all connected together, take it to the top of the stairs or a high platform and drop it off.

2. Card Games

card games

Grab a pack of cards and away you go. There are hundreds of simple card games to play with your family. From snap to pairs, card games always keep the family happy!

3. Hide and Seek

hide and seek

Young and old, anyone qualifies to play a game of hide and seek. Just remember, be careful and try not to ruin any furniture!

4. Board Games

play board games

A range of different board games can be played as a family! Games such as snakes and ladders, twister, monopoly and cluedo are all fantastic and exciting games to play.

5. Build a Fort

build a fort

Grab some spare pillows, blankets and chairs and get building! Everyone can take part, therefore it will increase the bond between family members.

6. Make Cupcakes

making cupcakes with kids children family

You can’t go wrong by cooking some golden cupcakes. Add some sprinkles and icing on top, where you and your family will be in for a treat!

7. Make Up a Funny Story and Take Turns Adding the Next Line

make up a funny story

Create an order and begin sentence by sentence to create a funny story. Once you and your family have decided to finish the story, pick an individual to read it out and see what you came up with!

8. Snuggle Up and Watch a Film

snuggle up and watch a film as a family

Get everyone to hop into their PJ’s and watch a film! Host a vote to see which film to watch.

9. Dress Up

Get your kids to wear some wacky outfits, whilst you ‘parents’ judge their fashion style.

10. Let the Kids Help you Make Dinner

let the kids help you make dinner

Ask your children for a hand when it comes to making dinner, beware that it may not taste too good…

11. Charades

game of charades

Pick a film, tv show or book and act it out. Whoever guesses your topic first, wins!

12. Play on a Gaming Console

games consoles

If you don’t have a gaming console, then do one of the other 1-11 activities listed above 🙂

13. Build a Fruit and Veg Patch (Be Brave and Go Outside)

building vegetable patches with kids children as a family

What a great way to get your kids to try new fruits and vegetables!

 

Which of the 13 activities was your favourite? Comment down below!

 

Thank you to iZully for guest posting today, I think we will all be able to use some of these ideas at some point. You can check out iZully’s website to read more of their blogs and see what they have to offer. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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38 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kirsty - winnettes
    22nd October 2016 at 2:32 pm

    We do quite a lot of these as I often can’t be bothered to leave the house. naughty I know. Hide and seek is a favourite and we are always baking, at least once a week anyway. There are some lovely ideas here. Thank you for sharing.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      24th October 2016 at 5:52 pm

      My pleasure, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. We love building a den in our house 🙂

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    the frenchie mummy
    23rd October 2016 at 10:26 am

    I like number 7! We used to do it all the time! I never heard of number 1 but it sounds fun for sure! #justanotherlinky

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      24th October 2016 at 5:42 pm

      I think it’s a good list all around! Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. Reply
    Helena
    23rd October 2016 at 12:46 pm

    For us it has to be building a fort. #PoCoLo

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      Jaki
      24th October 2016 at 5:41 pm

      Us too! Great fun! 🙂

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    becca farrelly
    23rd October 2016 at 6:02 pm

    You cant beat a bit of den building can you?! Mia loves it and also really enjoys helping me bake and cook in the kitchen. I think its really important for children to spend time playing with things and creating things as I know I for one, rely on the ipad for the odd 30minutes peace a bit too often!! 🙂

    #justanotherlinky

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      Jaki
      24th October 2016 at 5:39 pm

      I think we’re all guilty of that – I’m doing it now in fact! 😬 but yes, den building is proving a firm favourite on this comment thread 🙂 thanks for reading.

  5. Reply
    Lisa/Syncopated Mama
    23rd October 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Such a fun list and we do many of these regularly! Have a great weekend! #justanotherlinky

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      24th October 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you. Glad you liked the list 🙂

  6. Reply
    Sarah
    23rd October 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Building a fort is SUCH a good activity. When we’re having a stressful or lazy day, forts are often needed 🙂 Also my family & I always used to play that write one line story game!!

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      24th October 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Can’t beat building a good fort – I think it’s a good family favourite 🙂 thanks for reading.

  7. Reply
    kristin mccarthy
    24th October 2016 at 2:14 am

    all great activities- I personally enjoy a good fort building session.

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      24th October 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Oh and me!! Takes me back to my childhood! 🙂

  8. Reply
    A Mum Track Mind
    24th October 2016 at 9:51 am

    Excellent timing for half term! Although I’m hoping for good weather you can never be too sure at this time of the year so suggested indoor activities are always welcome! Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG 

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      24th October 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Ah it’s all in the planning! Not bad considering mines not even at school yet – I must have been on the ball with my blog schedule 🙂 hope you have a good half term 🙂

  9. Reply
    Amie
    24th October 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Really good ideas. Amelia is pretty easy at this age but I know soon she will need a lot more entertaining from mummy and daddy! #MarvMondays

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      26th October 2016 at 4:05 pm

      I hope you manage to get some use out of these ideas when she is old enough 🙂

  10. Reply
    Stephanie Robinson
    25th October 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Some fun ideas there – and writing a line of a story – wow, that took me back. Me and my friends used to do that all the time 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

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      Jaki
      26th October 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Yes! Me and my Sister used to do it when we were younger too – always fun reading it back! 🙂

  11. Reply
    Kaye
    26th October 2016 at 10:43 am

    Love these simple ideas, especially building a fort and making cupcakes. Really don’t take alot of effort or money but so much fun. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

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      Jaki
      26th October 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Agreed! It’s nice to have simple cheap things to do. Most kids will appreciate the time spent with them doing them too 🙂 x

  12. Reply
    Lianne Harris
    26th October 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I loved all of these suggestions and will definitely do all of these when Ben is older!
    #dreamteam

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      26th October 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Glad you liked them 🙂 thanks for reading.

  13. Reply
    Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap
    26th October 2016 at 5:06 pm

    We end up playing hide and seek, dens and general imaginative play when running low on ideas! My Mum does the cupcakes! Great ideas; definitely needed as the weather is getting colder! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

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      Jaki
      26th October 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Got to be honest – I’m not good with cooking with the little one – my patience gets tested big time! X

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    Charlene
    26th October 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Fort building is by far my favourite indoor activity and the perfect place to eat cupcakes! #bestandworst

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      Jaki
      26th October 2016 at 10:50 pm

      You are so onto something with this!! 🙂

  15. Reply
    Mum in Brum
    27th October 2016 at 9:40 am

    Some great ideas here – love the parachute! We created a vegetable patch earlier in the year and had hours of fun out of it. We also love creating dens – toddlers seem to love the novelty! #bestandworst x

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      Jaki
      27th October 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Mine is constantly asking me for his tent. By that he means my airer and extra large table cloth! It sure does take me back when I do it for him, I used to love it as a kid too! 🙂

  16. Reply
    Rachel
    27th October 2016 at 11:54 am

    Oh love this! Sometimes the simplest of things are the most fun for our little ones! Off to build a fort…;) #bestandworst xx

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      27th October 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Absolutely. You can spend all the money in the world on toys but half the time, simple activities together like these, make them the happiest 🙂

  17. Reply
    Random Musings
    30th October 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Great ideas! There’s nothing so much fun as a good old fashioned blanket fort
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      30th October 2016 at 9:20 pm

      We do several a week. It’s quite fun trying to come up with new ideas of how to do them for him 🙂

  18. Reply
    Bridie By The Sea
    30th October 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Love this list – it’s so true that there is lots of entertaining that can be done from home! We had some great games of cards when we went on holiday last…hours of competitive fun 😉 Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam xx

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      Jaki
      3rd November 2016 at 4:28 pm

      I’m looking forward to when Ethan’s older and we can play board games! Great fun! Thanks as always x

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    laura
    31st October 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Love this, perfect ideas, total classics <3 xxx

    #friyaylinky

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      Jaki
      3rd November 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Laura 🙂

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