Completing a jigsaw

As we continue to spend more time at home, we’ve been looking at fun indoor activities that we can try, regardless of our age or fitness levels. From arts and crafts to board games, we’ve put together a list of indoor activities to help stir your imagination.

Arts and crafts

Lady painting at home

If you think arts and crafts activities are something you can only do with your grandchildren, then think again. It is something that people of all ages can enjoy and is especially great for people who are unable to get out much.

So, for example, people who suffer from health issues, like foot problems and therefore need specialist wide fitting shoes, can try arts and crafts to keep busy.

There are lots of spring crafts that you can try at home. Mollie Makes recommends creating cards, bunting or outfits. If you’re searching for craft projects and DIY inspiration online, why not sign up to the Mollie Makes newsletter for their weekly updates.

According to Seniors Matter, arts and crafts also have lots of health benefits:

- They reduce anxiety and feelings of isolation
- They can build your confidence
- Improves physical health

Sewing

Sewing a quilt

Sewing has been around for thousands of years but it has undergone a resurgence recently, with lots of sewing groups popping up across the UK.

One such group is London-based Sew Over It. It is currently offering live Sewalongs on YouTube every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from sewing some of their favourite Sew Over It patterns, to tutorials for complete beginners. You can have a chat with fellow makers and keep busy with some fun projects whilst you’re at home.

But, what makes sewing a great indoor activity in spring? There are lots of benefits when it comes to sewing, such as reducing stress and anxiety by encouraging mindfulness and feelings of relaxation.

It also improves your hand-eye coordination, happiness, brain growth and can be used to fight dementia.

Beginners should look to start with simple projects like creating cushion covers and simple skirts before moving on to more complex tasks like quilts.

PROJECT TO TRY:

- How to make your own sock fish craft

Puzzles and board games

Playing chess is a great indoor activity to try

Setting aside an afternoon to try and complete a puzzle or to play a board game is a great indoor activity you can enjoy this spring.

Puzzles and board games make you use your problem-solving skills and dexterity as well as your social skills.

There are so many puzzles and board games out there that you can easily find exactly the kind of product you are after. Plus, with the internet, it makes it easy for you to purchase them. 

Join an online book club

There are lots of book clubs you can join over the colder months

Diving into a new book can transport you into a new world and the great thing about reading is that there is a book for everyone.

You can read a book in the comfort of your own home and it is a fantastic way to pass the time.

Reading has a variety of health benefits as studies have shown it can reduce memory decline and improve your social skills.

There are lots of online book clubs that you can join and here we list the top five that you can choose from to help make your reading experience even better.

-          Good Housekeeping – The monthly magazine has its own book club and each month they pick a new book for their members to read. Their Facebook page also allows you to interact with avid readers.

-          The Willoughby Book Club – A subscription-based book club allows you to gift a book club package to friends as well as treating yourself to one. You can get your hands on the very best up-and-coming titles.

-          Richard & Judy - Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, the former This Morning hosts, run a book club. The couple share their views and opinions on different books.

-          Reading Groups for Everyone – Designed to put you in touch with your local reading clubs as you can enter your postcode to find out the nearest groups to your home. They also share round-ups about new books and interview celebrities for recommendations.

BOOKS TO READ:

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Baking

Baking is a popular indoor activity

From Victoria Sponge to chocolate brownies, there is no doubt that the UK loves cakes and bakes, especially when served with a cup of tea!

Baking is more than just creating a delicious, culinary masterpiece. It’s about relaxing and unwinding as it has been proven to reduce stress and help people suffering from dementia.

What are the best indoor activities to enjoy in the spring?

As well as the recommendations above, we’ve added some more to this easy-to-follow list:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Sewing
  • Puzzles and board games
  • Join a book club
  • Baking
  • Flower arranging
  • Yoga