Recently the country has found itself spending much more time indoors as we deal with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic*. Many of us have taken comfort in looking out of our windows, proving just how vital a connection they are to the outside world.
Whether you’re looking for creative ways of entertaining the kids, passing the time or having a laugh with your partner, there are so many window games we can enjoy while spending time indoors (on a rainy day, or during a lockdown) – and many of them are free! Just be sure to take all the necessary safety precautions for activities that involve opening your windows.
1. Bird watch
Channel your inner twitcher and enjoy a spot of bird watching. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just a beginner, the RSPB has some excellent online resources, including its interactive bird identifier for those trickier species. Bird watching is a great way to get your children interested in our natural environment and its protection.
Why not encourage your kids to keep a journal of the species you’ve seen together and draw their favourite birds? Or try using a bird watching checklist – we love this garden bird spotting sheet from Wildlife Watch.
2. Make a bird feeder
One of the best ways of encouraging birds to thrive in your garden and community is by feeding them, especially in the Spring when they are busy making nests and feeding hungry chicks! Making a bird feeder is a really satisfying activity for children and adults and doesn’t have to be costly or complicated.
We love the wide range of bird feeder ideas from Country Living – perfect for hanging in your garden, on your balcony or outside your flat window if it is safe to do so (just be sure to minimise the risk of birds striking your windows).
3. Grow a window box garden
Window box gardens are a lovely way of making gardening accessible and visible from the inside. Secured safely, they are perfect for growing edible crops and flowers. There are a wide range of window boxes and attachment techniques out there, so it is worth researching which is right for you and your property.
Unable to secure a window box safely? It is super easy to create a windowsill herb garden indoors too, all you need are some pots or containers with drainage, a little compost and some herb seeds for planting – just follow the pack instructions.
Is there anything more magical than stargazing? Even if you don’t have a telescope, if you live in an area with limited light pollution and clear skies, there’s so much you can learn about the night sky for free. We love Sky Map and Stellarium – free apps which show you exactly what constellations you’re looking at as you move around.
At the time of writing, stargazer Michael Bews told us, “Throughout April 2020 it should be possible to see Venus, as well as the Pleiades with an averted gaze (some things you can only see by looking at the area around them and seeing a lighter region in your peripheral).
“The Pleiades are also known as the Seven Sisters because there are around 7 distinct stars. You can usually make out a slightly brighter region in the sky by the naked eye. Venus and the Pleiades will coincide at the start of April 2020 and Venus should be visible until around May.”
5. Capture the view
Whether painting, sketching or photography is your chosen pastime, capturing the view from your home can be a very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Never tried it before or don’t have the equipment? No problem! All you need is a pencil or pen and some paper to get started, so why not give it a go?
6. Draw a rainbow
Up and down the country children have been drawing and painting beautiful rainbow pictures to hang in their windows as a symbol of hope and happiness for the nation. Join in this movement of support and solidarity by creating your own. Please share your creations with us on social media – we’d love to see them!
DISCLAIMER: This article has been produced for guidance only and does not constitute advice. Copyright © 2020 Mark Smith Glazing. All rights reserved.