With the nation in lockdown many of us are spending virtually all of our time indoors which means that, after a while, the days can get a little repetitive.
Helpfully Holidu, a search engine for holiday rentals, has shared some fun activities to try at home, to prevent boredom over the coming weeks.
Many of the activities are particularly good for those who are entertaining children all day, and are lacking in inspiration. While some are aimed at adults-only (like cocktail-making), many will work for families with kids.
Here are some of the anti-boredom activities Holidu recommend to try at home…
1. Have a movie night with travel films
Travelling isn’t an option at the moment, but there’s no reason why you still can’t enjoy the wonders of the world through a different medium — film. Holidu recommends a few movies and documentaries which are on Netflix, such as Expedition Happiness, Tales by Night, Our Planet, Wild, Elsewhere and Alone in Africa.
You could even set up an outdoor cinema in the garden, to make the experience that bit more exotic!
2. Set up an indoor picnic
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden then by all means have an outdoor picnic, but those who don’t can have just as much fun indoors. It’s also a nice break from eating at the dinner table.
Anyone looking to take it one step further can even build a fort or a den to have a picnic in. Or, create a competition and ask kids to compete to build the best indoor den — it’s an activity they can crack on with while parents do other things.
3. Declutter and redecorate your house
Being confined to the house is a great time to make some interior and exterior improvements. Perhaps there’s a piece of DIY you’ve been meaning to tackle for a while? Or a room that needs decluttering? Now is a great time to focus on your home and to work on any of the projects you may have been putting off.
Here’s a whole list of things to inspire: 32 Easy DIY projects and fun makes to do during the coronavirus lockdown for every room in the house!
4. Get fit
The gyms may be closed but that doesn’t mean you can’t get experimental with your workout. Exercise is also ideal because it releases those all-important endorphins which leave you feeling good. If you don’t have gym equipment at home, improvise with things around the house — like using tinned food as weights.
5. Expand your horizons through online courses
Always wanted to learn a new language or take up a hobby? There’s a plethora of online resources for people looking to learn a new skill and more and more are becoming available online everyday.
Holidu says, ‘This valuable extra time allows us to get up to speed with topics we were always curious about, but never got the chance to.’
6. Grow your own plants from seed
With the supermarket shelves looking sparse, now is a great time to become a little more self-sufficient. Many herbs, such as parsley, rosemary or mint, can be grown indoors — but if you have a garden why not try planting some fruit and vegetables, too.
7. Make your own cocktails
Bars and restaurants may have closed their doors, but you can still create your favourite cocktails from the comfort of your own home. With plenty of hours to kill, it’s a good time to experiment and come up with a few signature drinks of your own.
8. Work on your musical talent
Maybe you haven’t picked up your musical instrument since school, or perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn a certain one? There’s simply no excuse not to at the moment. Singing is another great musical skill to take up during this nationwide lockdown. Band practice and jams can still take place, too, via video calls.
Finding imaginative ways to pass the time will make it go quicker.