Activities and Games for Children and Teens that Can be Done While in Lockdown

Tanushree Pasricha

28 Nov 2020
Activities and Games for Children and Teens that Can be Done While in Lockdown

Indoor activities for children to get them moving while Lockdown

Go on an alphabet scavenger hunt: Make a poster with the alphabet and have your child search for items that begin with each other. Play hopscotch in a hallway: Use any paper you have on hand (or cardboard) to cut out shapes. Use double-sided tape to place the shapes on the floor to begin your game of hopscotch.  Create an obstacle course: Use items around your house (pillows, pool noodles, baskets, etc) to create a fun obstacle course.

Play the floor is lava: Decide which furniture is ok to jump on and considered safe. Set a timer and the first person yells, “The floor is lava.” All other players must get to the “safe” spot before the time runs out. Go on an animal safari: Draw or print different animal shapes and have your child color them in. Hide them around the house for your child to find.

Play I Spy Cleanup: Set a time to put away as many items until the clock runs out. Call-out an item for your child to race towards, grab, and put away! Play a flashcard hide and seek: For younger children, hide flashcards of letters and numbers around the house. Have your child find the cards and tell you the letter or number they found. For older children, hide word or math fact flashcards and have them tell you the answer when they find them. Play hide and seek: One person counts and covers their eyes (no peeking!) for 20 seconds while everyone else finds a place to hide.

Dance your heart out: Have a group video call with friends and do a virtual dance party. Use tools like Skype or Zoom. Play twister: Dig up your old Twister game and teach your kids how to play. If you don’t have one, cut out different color circles, tape them to your floor, and create a simple spinner.

Play follows the leader: Have your family takes turns being the leader. The leader gets in front of the line with everyone else behind them mimicking the leader’s actions. Get creative with your movements! Wiggle your arms while walking, march, bunny hop, etc. Write the room: Hide sight words (letters, numbers, spelling words, etc.) around the room or house and have children find and record them using clipboards.

Play Simon Says: A person named Simon is the leader and gives out commands. For example, "Simon Says run in place! Simon Says crawl like a bear." If Simon doesn’t start the command with “Simon Says,” the players to follow the command are out. Create a safe physical activity space: If you have an open space like a basement, take an old mattress and place it on the floor for gymnastics or wrestling.

Play red light, green light: Choose a start and finish line. Have everyone line up against a wall. Red light means stop, and green light means go! One person will yell out either command as everyone races to the finish line. Do a "Deck of Cards" workout!: Assign each shape a different exercise. For example, Hearts = running in place, Diamond = jumping jacks, Spades = push-ups, Clubs = sit-ups. Take turns lipping the cards and doing that number of the exercise.

 Play Charades: On pieces of cut-up paper, write down phrases or words to act out. Take turns pulling a single paper out of a container and have fun acting out the description. Learn a dance routine: Create your own or find a tutorial for your favorite dance routine and practice. Play musical chairs: Place a couple of chairs back to back and turn on some fun music. Players move around the chairs and when the music stops, the last one not sitting in a chair is out.

Play balloon toss: Throw a balloon in the air and don’t let it fall to the floor! Play freeze dance One person is the DJ and in control of the music. When the music starts, start dancing but watch out! As soon as the music is paused, freeze!

Things/activities that can be done alone while Lockdown

Read or listen to a book

Make a fort

Create an “All About Me” board

Write a letter or draw a picture of your loved one’s

Make a bead or foil jewelry

Make clay sculptures

Create leaf rubbing art

Learn a magic trick

Create a spaceship out of a cardboard box

Create paper dolls and houses for them

Put together a puzzle

Create a city with blocks

Create an imaginary creature and write its story


Do a photoshoot for your stuff toys

Act out commercials

Play with toys and figurines

Make clothes for my dolls and toys out of scrap fabric

Play Cat's Cradle

Go on an alphabet scavenger hunt

Create shadow art

Make my own magazine

Make paper flowers or snowflakes

Create affirmation or kindness rocks

Learn to juggle

Things/activities that can be done with a sibling while Lockdown

Play hide and seek

Have a figure skating competition in our kitchen

Create our own magazine

Play dress up

Play a board game

Make up silly songs

Create art and learn art from each other

Create a play to perform for your family

Make and enact play for the family

Improve vocabulary

Use socks as puppets and have a puppet show in front of family members

Make paper aeroplanes and see which one can fly the farthest

Play I Spy

Make up a secret language

Create an indoor “camp out”

Host a radio show

Build a house with cards

Play library

Draw cartoons or comic strips

Play superheroes

Make up a funny skit

Play a card game

Play the ABC game. Pick a theme (animals, food, etc.) and take turns naming an item that starts with that letter. Use items in our house (pots, pans, boxes, etc.) to make your own instruments

Play charades

Create a blanket fort under the dining room table or on our beds

Design a board game

Sing karaoke

Do a science experiment

Put on a shadow puppet show using a flashlight

Indoor activities for Teens while Lockdown

Learn a new skill (coding, origami, animation, instrument, etc.)

Learn a new language

Learn magic tricks

Replicate famous art

Paint or draw a self-portrait

Draw cartoons or comic strips

Video chat with a friend

Make friendship bracelets

Do a puzzle

Solve a crossword or Sudoku puzzle

Play Solitaire

Play Uno cards

Write and illustrate a short story

Write a play

Write and direct a short film

Write a song or a poem

Make a music video

Fix something that’s broken

Clean out my closet and put together a bag of items to donate

Redecorate or organize the bedroom

Research my family tree

Look through photo albums

Create a video using family videos and photos

Make tissue flower bouquets

Make paper beads from magazines

Create dough art

Make pressed flower cards

Crochet or cross stitch

Create a collage

Collect quotes that inspire you

Cook a new recipe

Start a blog

Create a vision or dream board

Make a bucket list

Design your dream house

Plan your dream trip

Research on a country you would like to travel to

Take online classes

Research and create a video about a person you admire

Design a board game

Learn to dance following a YouTube video

Take an online exercise class

Do yoga

Activities for teens to do with their siblings while lockdown

Play board games

Cook or bake

Hold an art show

Make up a play to perform for our family

Journal together

Take silly selfies

Paint pictures or affirmations on rocks

Go on an indoor scavenger hunt

Build a volcano out of paper mâché

Create a board game

Play balloon volleyball

Have a Jenga tournament

Sing karaoke

Make a movie

Make a music video

Write and direct a short film

Play a card game or learn a new one

Play charades


Cook a new meal

Have a spa day

Design a board game

Do a science experiment

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