The Midlands Essential Entertainment Guide
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The coming weeks (possibly months) are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 caused schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, Scouts wanted to do what they could to help.
While they normally love the great outdoors, Scouts have pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.
Learn how to use a camera, and share your skills with others.
Suitable for: 8-10s | Takes: 30 mins
Storm in a teacup
Understand energy by creating your own tornado.
Suitable for: 8-10s | Takes: 20 mins
Teeny tiny twig rafts
Build a miniature raft with twigs and leaves, then set sail. Will yours float successfully away?
The leafy hedgehog
Get crafty with natural materials to create a leafy hedgehog of your own.
Suitable for: 6-10s | Takes: 20 mins
Lolly stick catapults
Put your pioneering skills to the test by creating a miniature catapult from lolly sticks.
Suitable for: 6-10s | Takes: 25 mins
Be a blackout poet
Anyone can be a poet (even if they don’t know it). Set your inner poet free!
Suitable for: 10-14s | Takes: 30 mins
Look at leaves in a different way and use them to make an animal collage.
Suitable for: 6-8s | Takes: 50 mins
Switch off challenge
Take on the switch off challenge to find a healthy balance between time on and away from screens.
Suitable for: 10-18s | Takes: 15 mins
Mark my words
Never lose your place in a book again, thanks to this monster bookmark.
Suitable for: 6-8s | Takes: 20 mins
Fabulous fancy frames
Craft a frame for a photograph that makes you smile then make a gallery for everyone to admire.
Suitable for: 6-8s | Takes: 45 mins
Dear future me
What does the future hold? Use your imagination to send a postcard to your future self.
Suitable for: 6-8s | Takes: 10 mins
An in-tents year
Get creative and make a colourful calendar to show off your best photos.
Suitable for: 8-10s | Takes: 1 hr
Make diaries to record little victories, as we work out what wins do for our wellbeing.
Suitable for: 10-14s | Takes: 25 mins
To foldly go
Fold for fun in this traditional origami challenge and design your own outfit.
Suitable for: 10-18s | Takes: 25 mins
Changing your coat
Understand your local coat of arms, then make your own shield.
To find out more about each of these activities, visit scouts.org.uk
These activities were originally designed for groups meeting face-to-face, so you may have to think on your feet to make them work in the (very unique) situation we’re in. Anyone can be the person leading the game or activity, so why not let young people take charge? Instead of chatting in a real-life group, you could use the internet (safely) or talk to someone at home.
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