Lockdown 2.0 isn’t looking to be anywhere near as strict as the first, just the fact that the kids will still be at school will make it hugely easier for parents, however my kids are still a bit sad to be missing clubs, play dates and days out. To keep their spirits up, I’ve put together a list of fun, simple things we’ll still be able to do.
After School Film Night Once a Week
Without their usual clubs and activities, after school is looking pretty quiet. We’re planning a movie night once a week, complete with blankets, movie snacks and drinks. They will be taking turns choosing the film so fingers crossed there won’t be too much fighting about it.
One of the things we’ll be doing early in the new lockdown is colouring poppies to display in our window and maybe doing some other poppy crafts too. The Royal British Legion have set up an online poppy campaign this year and you can make a donation and then download a poppy to colour and display in your window to show your support.
A Fireworks Themed Evening
Over the first weekend of Lockdown we are going to have a fireworks themed evening. We’re planning to by some Sparklers and stick them in carrots to make them safer for the children to use. We bought a fire bowl as part of our back garden camping in the last lockdown so we’ll have a little fire and use it to toast marshmallows and possibly some cook some jacket potatoes on it that we can eat with a nice warming chilli for dinner.
Browsing the Smyths Toy Catalogue
Getting excited about Christmas is one of the key ways we’ll be keeping our spirits up and what better way to get excited than by writing our Christmas lists. The kids love going through the Smyths catalogue and circling everything they’d like to get and it makes it easier for me because I have a ready made list of gift ideas for when family ask what the kids want for Christmas.
Making Christmas Decorations
Every year the kids and I make Christmas tree decorations to give as gifts to teachers as well as family and friends. This year we’ll make an early start on them during lockdown. If you’d like to so the same you can check out out the ones we’ve made in previous years.
Writing Christmas Cards
While my kids are always keen to send Christmas cards to allll of their friends, teachers, acquaintances and that kids they met at the park that one time, their enthusiasm tends to wane after the first few. My plan this year is to do a few Christmas card writing sessions throughout the month and hopefully have them all ready to go by December.
I was over the moon when I read that parks can still open. Girl Child in particular, who is the one who gets most anxious about lockdown, loves the park and this will make a huge difference to her. Even if we only went to parks we could walk to, that would give us a choice of three or four and I suspect they will feature in every weekend of lockdown.
Visiting RHS Gardens
Gardens like RHS gardens and the gardens of National Trust properties are also allowed to remain open. We had hoped to visit our local RHS garden at Hyde Hall during half term but the weather was really bad and we didn’t make it so we’re hoping to get a visit booked in during November.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
We’ll be livening up our weekend dog walks with a nature scavenger hunt. We all know how much kid’s moan when asked to walk too far but I’ve found that distracting them with a scavenger hunt keeps the moaning to a minimum.
Ordering a Takeaway
During the first lockdown we had a takeaway every Saturday night, partly to cheer us up and partly to support local businesses. We can’t stretch to every night this time round but have promised the kids a couple of takeaway nights.
Having an Indoor Picnic
We may not be able to eat out but we can still make eating in a bit more special. My kids love picnic food (and so do I!) so I’m planning to get lots of picky bits and eat it it together on the living room floor. I might even combine it with the lockdown classics of making our own bread and baking a banana loaf!
I love the idea of Hygge but it isn’t something we’ve got around to trying as a family so for the month of November I’m planning a weekly Hygge evening. The kids will have warm baths with bubbles and glow sticks, put their PJs on and the we’ll all snuggle on the sofa while I read them a story and we do some mindful colouring in.
You might also like these tips for coping as an adult during Lockdown 2.0.
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