If you’re feeling a little burnt out and running out of ideas to keep the kids occupied at home, don’t panic! The team at Paultons Park has five more boredom-busting activities to keep you entertained during lockdown.
1) Create your very own seasonal weather sensory bottle
Learning about the weather is fascinating for children – it’s like magic from the skies! So why not educate your little ones on the changing weather throughout the year with our exciting ‘season in a bottle’ sensory activity?
You’ll need a large empty plastic bottle, 6 white pom poms, 1 tablespoon of blue and silver glitter (the bigger the glitter the better) and some craft glue.
To get started, put a tablespoon of glitter into the empty plastic water bottle, then drop in your pom poms. Next, fill the bottle up with water to the top and screw the lid on as tight as it will go (you can use some craft glue to secure it shut if needed).
Now the fun part – give the bottle a shake and be mesmerised by the glitter rain falling from the clouds! If your child loved this activity, how about making sensory bottles for all four seasons?
2) Make a Peppa Pig puppet show!
If your children enjoy entertaining an audience, they’ll love creating Peppa Pig characters and putting on a show at home! This simple activity is loads of fun and will entertain your children for hours.
First, you’ll need to draw each member of the Peppa Pig family on sheets of paper. You can print images or templates to make this step easier.
Get creative by using paint or felt tip pens to colour in and accessorise your favourite characters. We recommend making your characters no smaller than A5 so they can be seen by your audience from a distance!
Once you’ve drawn and coloured in all the characters, you’ll want to stick them onto an old cereal box or some cardboard, so they don’t become floppy.
Then, cut them out individually (adults, you’ll need to supervise this part) and stick them onto wooden ice lolly sticks. And there you have it – your very own Peppa Pig characters, ready for a puppet show.
If you have more spare time, why not create Peppa Pig’s friends, too?
Finally, you’ll need a stage for the show! How about making one using a large cardboard box and paints? Or the back of your sofa does just as good a job.
Finally, don’t keep your creations to yourself – why not film your own puppet show and share it with us on social media – and don’t forget to tag us @PaultonsPark!
3) Design your very own Paultons Park ride!
This activity is perfect for slightly older children. Task them with designing their very own rollercoaster – giving them the chance to put their creativity into action and let their imagination run wild!
Perhaps they can design a ride for one of Paultons Park’s themed lands? Can they imagine a new Dinosaur themed rollercoaster in Lost Kingdom, a new Critter Creek adventure, or even a new addition to Tornado Springs?
When the thinking’s done and they’re ready to put pen to paper, download and print our activity sheet here, which provides the ideal place to make their amazing creations come alive. Remember, just like when you’re enjoying our thrilling rides such as The Flight of the Pterosaur or The Edge, the sky’s the limit!
Make sure to share your designs with us on social media – we love seeing your creations!
4) Teach children about physics and forces
This fun educational activity is suited to children aged 9 and up. It will teach children about physics and forces including gravity, friction and Newton’s laws of motion, using resources created by Paultons Park!
Task your children with finding all the definitions of the keywords at the bottom of the activity sheet and completing the word search.
Once that’s done, it’s time to put their knowledge to the test!
Download our forces crossword and see how much they can complete without looking at the definitions. Top tip – if they are really stuck, give them 30 seconds to look over the previous activity sheet.
5) Make your very own ‘Lost Kingdom’ puzzle!
This is a great activity for the whole family! Puzzles are great for relaxing and bonding with the household. Ask the children to choose their favourite dinosaur – will it be the Velociraptor, the Pterosaur, or the T-Rex?
- Either an A4 or A3 size sheet of paper and a piece of cardboard in the same size (depending on how big you want to make this puzzle)
- Craft glue
- Felt-tip pens or paints
- Draw your chosen puzzle imagery on either an A4 or A3 piece of paper with felt-tip pens or paints (you can print out a template or image to make this step speedier)
- Glue the image to the piece of cardboard and let it dry
- Take the scissors and cut up the puzzle into small square pieces
- Now for the fun part – get the whole family to piece your homemade puzzle back together!
Why not take a picture of your completed puzzle and share it with us on social media? We’d love to see them! #MyPaultonsParkPuzzle
We hope these suggestions have given you some ideas in keeping the family entertained! We can’t wait to welcome you back to Paultons Park – the home of Peppa Pig World, once it is safe to do so.