Things teens can do at home during lockdown (no money needed!)
- Draw a realistic picture of something in your house
- Now take the same item, and draw it as modern art
- Draw yourself as a superhero with 2 super powers
- Draw a picture that someone else in your house can colour in (and ask them to do the same)
- Draw a maze for someone else to figure out (and ask them to do the same).
- Trace your hand, now design a tattoo and draw it on your hand (on paper)
- Play board games
- Play board games, but make new rules
- Play 0 and X (noughts and crosses)
- Build puzzles
- Solve Sudoku puzzles
- Hide a few pieces of a puzzle and see if you can still build it without those pieces
- Use pictures (from a magazine or newspaper) and cut into pieces to make your own puzzle
- Design your own board game
Entertain your younger siblings
- Build a house or fort under a table
- Play guessing games
- Make a mini house in a box using items in and around your house (stones, blocks, seeds, material, little containers etc.)
- Build a tower using boxes, cans, blocks, or shoes
- Make shadow animals by using a torch or lamp in a dark room and using your hands and fingers to make shadows on the wall
- Draw the head of a person, fold the paper over and ask someone to draw the neck and arms, fold over and continue down to the feet. In the end, fold open the paper and see what character you have created together.
- Play follow the leader and take them on a “journey” through the house where they must copy your actions (climb under a table, over a chair, hop on one leg, etc.)
- Do a puppet show (using handmade sock puppets or spoon puppets) or perform a play for your younger siblings, they will love it!
- Make your own keep-sake box – take a box (any cardboard box) and decorate with magazine or newspaper pics.
- Make a bracelet from newspaper, pasta, wool, rope or beads.
- Make and write/draw your own book from paper or cardboard.
- Make bunting (little flags on a string) to decorate your room or above your bed using string and triangles made from coloured paper / material / painted cardboard / decorated cardboard.
- Keep a 21-day diary
- Write a poem about your feelings during lockdown
- Use these words (COVID, PANDEMIC, and LOCKDOWN) as an acronym (use each letter of the word as the beginning of each new word or sentence) and write a positive, hopeful poem, phrases or a short essay
- Write a positive short story for kids to explain why they need to stay home
- Write a story that takes place in the future where someone looks back to this time in history
- Write a social media post encouraging other people during this time
Help in the house and kitchen
- Set the table nicely with a candle, decorations and place mats or cards
- Cook a meal or help to prepare food
- Bake something sweet
- Try a new recipe from a different culture (look online or WA a friend)
- Sing while doing the dishes
- Suggest a daily quiet time without music/talking
- Suggest a no-phone time where you have conversations without interruptions
- Hang the washing on the line according to colour
- Spring clean one room at a time (deep clean)
- If you have a garden, keep it neat by cutting the grass and raking the leaves
- Make up your own stories by cutting out pictures from a magazine / newspaper or writing words on paper. Each person takes a turn to randomly choose a card. He/she must use the item in the story.
- Ask the oldest person in your home to tell stories of when they were young
- Share your earliest memories
- Retell your favourite children’s story but change the details
- Share and tell your favourite Bible stories
- Share about your favourite birthday / holiday / school year / Christmas etc.
- Look at old photos in albums or on your phone or computer together
Learn and teach
- Learn a new language by learning 3 words a day or 1 phrase. Repeat all the previous days’ words as much as possible. You can download a free app to do this.
- Send a voice note every day to someone that you know that doesn’t speak your language. Teach them a new phrase every day in your own language.
- If someone in your house plays an instrument, ask them to teach you (or teach someone if you can play one) or do this via WhatsApp videocall.
- Ask someone in your house to teach you a song they know (and do the same)
- Teach someone how to cook a dish or ask someone to teach you
- Choose one song for each of the following emotions and play it to each other: sad, happy, bored, in love, angry and hopeful
- Choose a theme song for the 21 days to play every morning
- Do you know what everyone in your home’s favourite songs are? Play them to each other.
- Do a music throwback and try to remember songs that were important to you / your family every year going backwards (try to remember special event songs or songs that were popular in every year)
- Change the words of a song to a lockdown version
- Translate a song from another language to your home language or substitute words with your own local slang words
- Make up your own 20 seconds song for washing your hands
- Choose a two-minute song for brushing teeth (to remind you how long to brush)
Discover the Bible
- How many Bible verses do you know? See if you can find them and mark them in your Bible
- Follow a daily reading plan (or in the YouVersion app on your phone)
- Learn one new Bible verse by heart every 5 days
- What are your favourite Bible stories from your childhood – do you know where to find them in the Bible? Find them, google it or ask someone to help.
- Do you want to learn more about the Bible? Look at videos of “The Bible project” on YouTube
- How many books are in the New Testament, Old Testament and the whole Bible? Count them.
- Ask your grandparents or elderly people you know, what their favourite Bible verses are
- Join the #imagine 21 day challenge at 079 991 7847 on WhatsApp, Facebook, or Instagram
- Work out an aerobics routine you can do indoors (with music) and invite your family to join in
- Work out a boot camp routine (with weights like tinned food) that can be done outside or inside
- Ride an imaginary bike while lying on your back
- Play tag with your younger siblings. Each time anyone is caught, they have to do 10 star jumps or 3 push-ups (that includes you).
- Work out moves or a dance routine to your favourite songs
- Make household chores look like a gym routine by doing everything with extra moves and energy (like sweeping, mopping, dusting or washing)
- Read a book or magazine
- Listen to a book (you can download free audio books online)
- Read a book to a sibling that can’t read well or a grandparent that can’t see well
- Read a children’s story while recording voice notes. Send to children.
- Read a children’s’ book backwards for fun
- Read a book or magazine in your second language
- Read poetry
- Give “presents” to your family – items that you don’t mind giving each other. Wrap in newspaper and decorate with a card.
- Make a card for someone not living with you – take a photo with your phone and send it to them
- Make everyone’s bed for them
- Get up early and make coffee for your parent/s or caregiver
- If you can, share food or necessities with those who are in need, but do so without having physical contact with them
- Remember to phone or WA elderly or sick people daily to check if they are doing OK
- Send an encouraging Bible verse to someone
- Video chat with a person older then 65 that might be lonely
- WhatsApp your #imagine 2019 group / Sunday school class or church youth group and ask them how they are doing
- WhatsApp your pastor or church leader or youth worker with words of encouragement
- Send a thank you to any person you know that has to work (security, health workers, grocery store workers) and thank them for their work
- Pray for people you know that are without an income in this time
- Commit to spreading correct information
- Send the official government WA number (060 012 3456) to your contacts. Useful information and news can be retrieved by saving the number in your contacts and sending a WA with the word “hi” to the number. Follow the prompts on the menu for information.
- Commit to NOT spreading false news (always check the source)
- Commit to not spreading fake medical “cures” (only use official government info)
- Don’t pass on Bible verse explaining this pandemic as God’s punishment or as a way for God to attract people’s attention (we believe in a God who cares and who sent Jesus to pay for our sins)
- Remember the beginning of the Big Easter week by celebrating Palm Sunday (5 April 2020). Read the story in Matthew 21:1-11 and decorate your house with a branch or make one from newspapers or cardboard. Think of the things you can praise God for and pray together.
- Read the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet in John 13:1-17 on Wednesday 8 April 2020.
- Celebrate the Last Supper on Thursday 9 April 2020 by eating bread, rolls or hot cross buns and drinking juice. Read Matthew 26: 17-30.
- Celebrate Good Friday on 10 April 2020 by eating fish. Google this tradition.
- Draw or paint an “ichthus” fish sign for your door and google the meaning.
- Make and decorate a cross together as a family using items from your house or garden (cardboard, wood, branches etc). Put it somewhere central and read and discuss the story of Jesus’ crucifixion in Matthew 27 in the Bible or in a children’s Bible.
- Listen to gospel music about grace, love, forgiveness and salvation over the Easter weekend.
- Greet each other on Easter Sunday (12 April 2020) with the word “Maranatha” which means “He has risen” in Greek.
- Read the story of Jesus’ resurrection in Matthew 27:57-66. Write the words “He has risen” on your status or share on instagram.
Written by Anriëtte de Ridder