Creative Games for Little Ones in Lockdown

Lock down can be tough with working from home and looking after the little ones! Especially when they’re at that age where you take your eye off them for 2 seconds and they’ve trying to eat the suncream! If you’re running out of ideas of how to entertain the little ones and keep their brains active here are some creative ideas that don’t break the bank!

Making Pom Poms

Pom-poms add a fun pop of colour and texture to knitting projects and other fun crafts. They’re easy to make and you don’t need any special tools or supplies and can be a great creative project for the kids!

What You’ll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Circular items to trace (small glass, lids, etc.)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Yarn

Instructions

Make Cardboard Pom-Pom Templates
Use the lids and other round items to trace circles onto the cardboard. Trace a larger circle with a smaller circle inside. The larger circle determines the diameter of your finished pom-pom. By making a few sizes of templates, you can make several sizes of pom-poms.

Cut Out the Circles
Cut out around the larger circles. (Don’t use your good sewing scissors for this!) Next, cut a slit to get to the center circle and cut away the center. You may want to widen the slit a tiny amount, to make it easier to pass yarn through.

Start Wrapping Yarn Around the Template
Begin wrapping yarn around the cardboard ring. Hold the end of the yarn in place while you wrap over the end, which secures it. Work your way around the entire ring, filling in all the gaps. Tip You can work the wrapping near the slit in the ring, but make sure it doesn’t get so close that it might slip off the ends of the cardboard.

Wrap the Yarn Until the Ring Is Full
Wrap the cardboard ring until it is full and then wrap it some more. To create a full and round pom-pom, you should wrap the yarn so the ring is very plump and the center circle is nearly filled in. If you want a loose and floppy pom-pom, you can stop wrapping sooner.

Cut Around the Edge of the Ring
Trim the wrapping yarn, then start snipping through the wrapped yarn all along the edge of the ring. Be sure to cut through every strand of yarn. Sharp scissors with a small point make this part easier. As you cut the yarn, be careful not to let the cut pieces push to one side or come out through the opening.

Tie the Cut Yarn Pieces Together
When all the edges are snipped, cut a length of yarn and tie it around the middle of the pom-pom, close to the cardboard ring. Tie the yarn once, then wrap the ends around to the other side and tie a double knot. Pull the yarn as tight as you can, without breaking the yarn. Leave the ends long. Remove the cardboard template.

Shape the Pom-Pom
At this point, your pom-pom probably looks a little odd and misshapen. To fix this, trim the yarn to even out the shape. It’s a bit like giving the pom-pom a haircut! Hold onto the long yarn ties and work all around the pom-pom. Keep turning it as you trim so it doesn’t end up lopsided.

Fluff the Pom-Pom and Finish Trimming
When the pom-pom looks like it’s almost done, gently roll it in your hands. This fluffs the pom-pom and reveals any areas that may need a little more trimming. Trim and repeat as needed.
Use the long yarn ties to attach your pom-pom to your project. (Sourced from Mollie Johanson)

Cardboard Boxes

There are so many things you can make a cardboard box into! All you need is a cardboard box and some paint / pens or crayons and let your imagination do the rest! Here are some of our favourite ideas!   

Some other ideas are:

  • Bake a Cake
  • Hide and Seek
  • Make your own playdough at home (Check this link to see how https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAIAm6BF0fs)
  • Icecubes with tiny toys in
  • Watching and feeding the birds in the garden
  • Drawing, painting, making potato prints or art with pasta
  • Going for a walk and seeing what insect you can find
  • Growing flowers and vegetables in the garden
  • Making a den with old sheets and cushions
  • Making puppets from socks
  • Making a playlist together of your favourite songs
  • Meditation (here is one specially for the little ones – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWOHcGF1Tmc)
  • Crepe paper obstacle course
  • Hammabeads
  • Painting Pebbles
  • Painting a rainbow for the NHS

Aja,

Specialist Trainer

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