While having your children at home full-time is a great joy, it can present challenges as you try to keep them entertained and busy, while not using the TV as a babysitter. You also need some time out, so finding things to keep them engaged is important.
To help you, we've compiled a list of ways to keep your children entertained at home.
Fun things for your children to do at home
This simple but effective activity can help to keep your children engaged for ages. There are also plenty of educational benefits such as colour learning which can be reinforced if you use colour-by-numbers style colouring pages. A quick search online will give you plenty of options to download.
For this one you'll need paper, and attention. Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper to represent different animals and objects, is a hit with the kids if you have the patience to show them how. You can find lots of templates online for free to will keep your children amused and entertained for a while.
Reinforce their sense of numbers by using a few free printables. This activity has the added benefit to help them learn to count or as a revision exercise for school.
Lego or any building block style toys are a great way to get the creative juices flowing and also to help them to develop an understanding of structure and building. Make sure you teach them how to pack the pieces away as standing on a Lego piece in the dark is no fun.
Goo (or slime) is another hit with kids. Don't stress about getting to a store to buy this product, as you can make it yourself at home. There are plenty of goo recipes to be found on the internet and it is a great way for children to learn about making something, almost like a science experiment. Remember to supervise the kids on this one.
- Cardboard boxes
A child’s imagination can do wonders when it comes to having something as simple as a box. A box or a few boxes, can take on many personas. Anything from a rocket to a boat - a box can be anything if you set your mind to it. To make it more fun, allow your children to paint and decorate their box. Struggling to find boxes? We sell a variety of different sized boxes.
Puzzles are a wonderful way to teach children how to problem solve while also being time consuming allowing you to get some chores done around the house, finish dinner or send off that email.
While this activity takes some close monitoring and a hands-on approach, it is both fun and rewarding while teaching your children about different forms of measurement and having tactile learning benefits. Remember to supervise.
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