Lockdown Boredom Beaters – By You!

Earlier this month, we published a Facebook post asking for your ideas for keeping the kids entertained during lockdown. We received some brilliant ideas, so we thought we’d share them on our blog to give you some inspiration. 

Thank you to everyone who shared their creative suggestions. If you have any to add, please do! At the end of the month, we’re doing a random lucky draw and giving away five educational and fun ‘Boredom Beater’ packs to people who submitted ideas. 

Your Lockdown ‘Boredom Beaters’

Alanda Osborne made a ‘beanbag’ throwing competition, with different points allocated for getting dominoes in different containers. She and her kids also made hot cross buns and have been up to all kinds of fun activities: 

“Since we didn’t have bean bags… we improvised with dominoes. It was exciting; we all had a go! This lockdown has really challenged me to be creative and has been very good for us to bond and spend time together. Today we created and designed a noughts and crosses game for outside. The kids also decorated their own space to have a picnic. They bought a few sweets and made sandwiches and juice and entertained themselves and bonded.”

Tharishia Ebrahim: “We’ve run out of Play-Doh, so had to make our own 😍.”

Here’s how:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • ¼ cup salt
  • food colouring
  1. Mix all ingredients (except colouring) together.
  2. Stir in a pot over low heat. The dough will start thickening.
  3. When the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool. 
  4. Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or tray, and knead vigorously until it becomes smooth.
  5. Add colouring and work it into the dough. 

Shani-Lee Balie: “Keeping busy with arts and craft, making playdough, puzzles, own homemade paint, outdoor activities like soccer, treasure hunt, etc. Most of the activities involve using recycled goods and making things from scratch since the shops are closed. Just shows you can do a lot if you look around the house and use what you have.”

Angie Wright: “Working on Scouts advancements that can be done at home.”

Sameera Rawat- Memee: “My kids love doing crafts and so they spent the.weekend making a Dream Catcher; they were thrilled with the results.”

Rushaan Stoffburg: “We went camping in the front yard yesterday; we went all out with a campfire.”

Cirsten Van Den Heuvel: “I’ve been getting my kids to help with chores to get sweet treats I’ve been making at home. They have been helping with the garden and doing their homeschooling as well as helping me paint our lounge furniture and washing baskets.”

Joleen Beling: “My kids have helped with housework, built forts, played outdoors, read, baked, enhanced their cooking skills, did school revision and enjoyed some TV.”

Judy MacGregor: “We’ve been doing a lot of reading, board games, puzzles, arts and crafts, building Lego, playing outside, making mud pies, baking and watching movies. But we’ve also remembered to let him have some quiet time; time to just play so that he isn’t overstimulated and is given time to process the activities of the day.”

Lizelle Jansen van Vuuren: “We have been baking, helping with the cooking, helping with cleaning, making crafts and enjoying time playing outside. And just connecting as a family.”

Mandy Swatton Jooste: “We are tackling our very full garage. Kids have a ‘yes, no and maybe’ box. Items in the ‘no’ or ‘maybe’ boxes to be sold to give to charities of their choice. We are learning about money and telling stories and reliving memories. Family time again.”

Ola Schumacher-Malan: “We borrowed books and puzzles from Gran before lockdown. We’re using boxes and blankets to build castles. Also Google ideas on the use of toilet paper inners, food boxes, and cool drink bottles for making crafts like egg carton flowers. Painting pictures, drawing, making easter decorations, baking.”

Naidine Jacobs: We build tents in the house and make art projects. We do school work and have fun together as a family.”

Lorraine Reddy: “Finger painting, puzzles, gardening and helping around in the kitchen, making potato stamps and colouring.”

Shameera Vahed: “Playing a lockdown game with my kids. They help with chores, read, exercise, bake, paint etc. and they get paid in fake money. They then use this money to buy treats. It’s so exciting and it keeps them busy all day, every day. It’s great interaction and they are entertained and motivated.”

Nikezwa Mtshizana: “It has been a great time for teaching my children how to read. I read short stories for them and let them read for me. It has been amazing!”

Claudine van Blerk:

  • Hide and seek with treats is an awesome activity
  • Eye spy colours
  • Dot drawing
  • Oh and lots and lots of fort building🤣
  • Keeping a four-year-old busy is hard. We make a lot of arts and crafts with clay that I make myself…

Sanine Manuel: “We are being very creative. We have been building castles, camping in the living room, making doll clothes and playing board games.”

Riëtte Bester: “What works the best for us with two boys (4 and 6) is to do school work… divide and conquer. Split them to do school work and then join them to play. Win-win! Then also we clean together and make food together; the kids love it.”

Letisha Bagwandeen: “The kids and I made our own puppets and daddy and I put on a puppet show about learning safety rules. The kids get rewards when they get an answer right. We made up a schedule chart where everyone is assigned to do a chore. I also let the kids help me when in cooking; it’s so much fun.”

Gabisile Mosana: “We have been gardening, my kids really enjoy that. We’ve also been playing games and word puzzles.”

Valerie Boolsen: “We have built forts, baked cupcakes, made waffles, watched movies and made cardboard transformers and robots. And, of course, school homework.”

Dieketseng Keke Makhopochane: “My kids are all at different ages from 16 years to 12 years to 2 years. Phwwwww!! For my 16-year-old and 12-year-old sons, in the mornings, it’s reviewing the school books for at least 2 ½ hours, changing subjects each day. While they are busy with school, dad keeps the toddler busy by reading to her and making all the funny noises.

My kids are super, but have different personalities! One loves crafts, and I help him out too. The other loves reading books and cooking and always wants to challenge the intellect! 

But the main thing is that I start with the important stuff; the play will follow.”

Robynn Lisa Paul: “I let my daughter start her day outside. We collect flowers and stones as she loves this. I recently started using the items she collects for art. She makes pretty pictures with her leaves and flowers, and paints the stones, using them to make borders and frames.”

Adeline Bloem-Pillay: “We are making forts, and playing board games to keep us entertained.”

Tiyana Van Der Rheede: “Read and listen and act out the characters. We each get a turn to go and to guess who we are acting out.”

Claire Moodley:

  • Face painting
  • Drawing
  • Watching educational videos
  • Baking…AMPLE BAKING😂
  • Building puzzles and Legos

Felicia Crawford: “In Grade RR, he learnt to differentiate between the different numbers and letters and he learnt colours. Now his in Grade R year, he is trying to write them properly. Every day we write and read alphabets & numbers.”

WIN 1 of 20 Boredom Beater packs! 

In addition to the Facebook competition, you could win a Boredom Beater pack simply by shopping at one of our Earn Partners before 31 May. And you don’t even need to leave home, as you can shop online at Dis-Chem and NetFlorist. 

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