Coronavirus Isolation with Kids – 50 things to do

With Coronavirus having now caused the schools across Scotland, England and Wales to shut, so many of us across the UK will now be wondering what on earth they are going to do to balance working AND entertaining the kids for the days, weeks and possibly (but hopefully not) months ahead. 

And while this may have little to do with kitchen worktops, as your kitchen is the busiest room in the home, it is about to get a whole lot busier so we thought we would put together a list of as many fun activities that you can do with the kids (mostly in the kitchen) to keep them entertained during Coronavirus Self Isolation.

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Portrait of family keeping their hands one another at home


1 – Make a Play Doh Castle

2 – Make Macaroni Pictures

3 – Mark out a race track on the kitchen floor (make sure you don’t damage the floor).

4 – Organise the cook books in the kitchen

5 – Let the kids pick recipes from the cook book to plan out the meals ahead (this might even help them eat something healthy)

6 – Create a den under the kitchen table

7 – Do some leaf rubbings

8 – Thread pasta into jewellery

9 – Make paper aeroplanes

10 – Play a board game at the kitchen table

11 – Create a paper chain to hang in the kitchen

12 – Play Simon Says

13 – Create musical instruments using rice and an empty jar

14 – Learn how to bake bread

15 – Keep a baloon in the air as long as possible

16 – Do a mini gym workout

17 – Create movie posters based on the kids favourite movies

18 – Listen to an audio book

19 – Have a kids ‘afternoon tea’ with cake

20 – Take apart an old appliance so that they can see how it works

21 – Potato Paintings

22 – Create a family tree

23 – Do a fake news story and interview the family like they were ‘witnesses’.

24 – Paint the kids nails

25 – Make decorative bookmarks

26 – Use Video chat with the Grandparents/Family Friends at the kitchen table

27 – Homework (just because school is shut doesn’t mean they should stop learning)

28 – Create a new game from scratch (let the kids imagination run wild)

29 – Make a box fort using any boxes you may have in the home

30 – Write letters to loved ones (a bit like when you send family postcards on holiday)

31 – Do some science experiments

32 – Bake a cake

33 – Play shopkeeper

34 – Clear out the cupboards as if this was a Spring Clean

35 – Do a ‘fashion walk’ using grown-up clothes (it will be hilarious)

36 – If you have any air dry clay, make a sculpture

37 – Plant some indoor plants

38 – Learn and make origami animals

39 – Start a ‘tuck shop’

40 – Make a paper snowflake

41 – Put on a sock puppet show

42 – Create a sensory shaker using a cleaned out bottle, glitter and water

43 – Build a block tower using Jenga pieces

44 – Press flowers with a heavy book

45 – Create a ‘magic’ potion

46 – Measure each others height, arm length etc

47 – Take ‘artistic photos’ with your smart phone

48 – Make a time capsule

49 – Create a Marble Drop Tower

50 – Set up a line of dominos and know them over


And there we go – 50 suggestions (some good and some bad) that you can do in your kitchen during the Coronavirus Self Isolation time.