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Fun activities to do at home

Family detective

Being a child in the 1950s, 1970s or 1990s was quite different to being a child now! In this activity, your children are going to investigate what life was like for children in the past and learn about your own family’s history.

To do this, you’ll need to set them up to interview people from different generations to find out what their childhood was like. We suggest a grandparent, but this could also be a parent/carer or a family friend. They can carry out the interview over the phone or video call. We’ve put together some questions to help them out, although feel free to encourage them to come up with their own ideas!

Interview questions

Name of interviewee (person you’re interviewing):

  1. When and where were you born?
  2. Where did you grow up? Has that placed changed much since you were a child?
  3. What did you do for fun when you were younger?
  4. What was your school like? What was your favourite subject?
  5. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  6. What was your favourite holiday when you were younger?
  7. How do you think life is different for children today compared to when you were a child?
  8. How did you get through the difficult times in life?
  9. What do you hope for your children or grandchildren?
  10. What was a typical day like for you when you were a child?
  11. What was different about your school experience compared with school today?
  12. Are there any major news events that you remember from your childhood? Where were you and how did you learn about them?
  13. How did you stay in touch with your friends as a child?
  14. What games did you play as a child?
  15. How old were you when you got your first job? What job was it?

Once you have completed the interview you could use the answers to write a story about what life was like for children in the past. You could even ask the person you interviewed if they have any pictures they could share with you to illustrate their story, or you could draw your own pictures based on what they have told you.

Family timeline

Next, you’re going to make a family timeline to map the history of your family using the information from your interview! To do this, you can download our template (with an example) or you can make your own. To make your own, you’ll need:

  • Pens and/or pencils
  • A piece of plain paper (A4 or A3 size)


  1. Draw a straight line down the centre of a vertical piece of paper. Draw some circles on this line. See our template for an example.

  2. Write the date of the event in your interviewee’s life in the circle and information about the event next to it – for instance your family member/carer’s birth date. You can include events in history to add context.

  3. You could also find and add relevant photos, print/copy them and stick them opposite the event information.
  4. If you need to add more dates, continue on the back of the paper.

Download your family timeline template!

Doing schoolwork at home

A wonderful wonder-wall!

Being stuck in the house all day can get boring! So we want to help you create something for when you get stuck for ideas. With this wonder-wall you’ll never run out of things to do! As soon as you feel the first sign of a yawn creeping in, run to your wall and choose a fun activity to keep boredom away!

You’ll need:

  • Post-its (you could alternatively cut up paper and stick it up with blu-tack, or fridge magnets)
  • Pens or pencils


  1. Write a different activity on each post-it.
  2. Once you’ve got a good selection, stick them up on a wall.
  3. Whenever you’ve run out of ideas for things to do, pick one post-it off the wall and do the activity on it.
  4. Once you’ve taken down all the post-its and done all the activities, write new ones and stick them back up.

Need some activity ideas? Click here!

  • Make up a dance routine
  • Draw your ideal house
  • Try to juggle
  • Write a poem
  • Read a book
  • Practice stretching – can you touch your toes or do the splits?
  • Make a den
  • Play hide & seek
  • Paint a picture
  • Play a board game
  • Make a house out of cards
  • Make a marble run
  • Draw around your hand on a piece of paper and then decorate it

Perfect pen friend

Writing a letter can be fun and a good way to show someone special that you’re thinking about them! You could write to say thank you or to share what you’ve been up to, and you could even decorate your letter with a drawing or picture.

You’ll need:

  • A piece of paper
  • Pens or pencils


  1. Think about what you want to write in your letter and who you want to write to, you may want to create a draft version first.
  2. Start your letter by writing ‘Dear’ and the name of the person you’re writing to.
  3. Next, write your message.
  4. Once you’ve written what you have to say, write a closing greeting, such as ‘best wishes’ or ‘love from’ and then sign your name.
  5. You may want to decorate your letter with a picture. Or if you want to make your letter look old-fashioned, you can rub a used tea bag over it to make it look brown and faded.
  6. Once you’ve finished, put your letter in an envelope and write the address of the person you’re sending it to on the front.
  7. If you want to post your letter, you’ll also need a stamp.


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