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Running out of ways to entertain the kids? These 11 activities will keep boredom at bay

This series of ideas will keep kids entertained and help them learn new skills at the same time.

You’ve baked cookies galore, dunked your hands in paint to create prints, and tried potting tomatoes, but as lockdown remains the activities are running dry.

Though we’ve got your back.

And thanks to the team at Parkdean Resorts, they’ve released a series of new ideas to keep kids entertained and help them learn new skills at the same time.

First up, our favourite, turn your living room into a campsite.

Not only is this a legitimate reason to hang out in PJs all day long, but faux camping is the perfect activity for bonding and to get the whole family playing and talking.

So, pitch up a tent and whack on some bird song, then grab the midnight snacks and reinforce the message that a holiday doesn’t always have to mean leaving the house.

In keeping with bringing the outdoors, indoors, what about building a blanket fort.

That said, with spring in full swing, you can try this in the garden too.

Choose your location, preferably near a wall or fence so you can pin blankets. Then start decorating! Whether it’s twinkly lights or snug blankets, seek out maximum comfort especially if binge-watching Netflix from the fort is part of plan too.

Next up, it’s making a mud kitchen.

As the name suggests, this involves getting a little grubby by creating an outdoor play cooking area so your child can practice their culinary creations using nature’s dirtiest ingredients. It is said to be a great way to encourage open-ended play and communication. Check out these mud kitchen steps for guidance.

If your rugrats aren’t the mucky types, then learning about the planet with David Attenborough might be more up their street.

Whether you’re a little kid (or one of us big kids!), it’s impossible not to fall under the spell of his nature shows.

He has now joined forces with the BBC to explore topics such as oceans and animals for Bitesize Daily education programmes.

Once Attenborough’s opened eyes and minds to the natural world, it could lead to trialling a nature hunt.

If you’re lucky enough to have space in the back garden, you can print out your very own scavenger trail and set off on an exciting adventure.

Kids can develop their explorer’s spirit while searching for ladybirds, butterflies, and even earthworms under mulch thanks to the Woodland Trust who have a crafted a minibeast hunt to learn about the wildlife living in your own home.

To add in a skill-building challenge, you can encourage your dream team to write down or draw the most animals they see to showcase at the end.

If creepy crawlies send your little people running in the opposite direction, what about trying to earn a Blue Peter badge?

If the kids – or you, for your own nostalgia – are itching to get your hands on one of these, then lockdown is the perfect time to start working on your application.

You can get the entry-level Blue Badge by sending in letters, stories and sketches, then you can start applying for more.

If you need inspiration for your badge, then seventh on the list might just tie-in nicely – making pebble art.

Painting pebbles has become a commemorative mark of lockdown, along with rainbows hung in windows of all shapes and sizes.

Pebble art is a great ‘random acts of kindness’ gift, by simply creating your designs and dotting them around walking trails or parks for people to find and brighten up their day.

To educate kids on where good nutrition comes from, what about growing your own veg?

Versatile veggies can be grown outdoors or inside, and there’s nothing quite like watching them sprout up.

It’s a great way to introduce kids to gardening, and with spring officially sprung, now’s the time to get planting. Lettuce, carrots, beets and radishes are all fantastic for this season.

Sticking with the green-fingered theme, you can also dabble in sowing seeds.

This horticultural skill can see children right through to adulthood, while seeing something evolve from nothing illustrates what can happen with a little love.

Whether you have a garden of your own, or space to sow indoors, there’s always a way to nurture something from seedling into full bloom.

In keeping with this, what about seeds for the birdies too?

You can get up close and personal with wildlife – from robins to goldfinches – by making a DIY bird feeder. Need a little inspo? Just click here to find out how.

And last but not least, create a fairy garden.

DIY fairy gardens might be small in size, but these enchanting abodes make for some interesting sensory learning that’ll keep your kid entertained for hours.

The first step is deciding your theme, whether that’s a fairy castle, a city, or a woodland wonderland – gather your materials and find a cute spot to set up. Rocky areas work well, and also add a nice touch of texture in terrain.

If some of these ideas don’t keep them entertained, we don’t know what will.

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