Sometimes it’s just not possible to get outside with the kids and enjoy some fresh air or tire them out. There are loads of reasons that you may find yourself stuck at home and not able to get out and about. Weather is a significant factor, budgets another, and now we have lockdown rules to contents with.
Below we have put together a few recommendations to keep the kids busy and focused when you can’t get out and about:
Build A Den Or Cave
There are probably not many young children who don’t enjoy building and then playing in a cave or den. Children’s imaginations go great with this activity. From planning the build, gathering the materialism to then stepping inside fo the first time kids love to build a den. The easiest way to do this is to use some blankets and sheets to cover a table or a washing line, throw in some cushions, stick on a film, and even throw in some Pretzels from esprovisions.com for a yummy den treat.
This is a great sensory playtime for young kids. Fill a washing bowl for uncooked rice and throw in some things to encourage your children to become rice-panning pros. Include things like bowls, spoons, toys, spatulas, colander, and others. This is an excellent alternative to messy play as it’s quick and easy to clean up but gives your kids the feeling that they get from messy playtimes.
A Treasure Hunt
It doesn’t take much to create a fun treasure hunt around the house or back yard. Hide a few small items around your home and create a map that leads them to each. Explain the map to your kids and help them with the hunting if they need it. Once the treasure hunt is over, you could even encourage them to create their own treasure hunt and get them to build their own maps.
You might think, oh no with this one, but a few water drops here, and there aren’t going to hurt. Put a few big towels on the floor and then put a small bowl of water with a few toys in on top. Kids tend to have endless fun when it comes to water, and it lets their imagination run wild. Whether they’re pretending to bath their toys, creating pirate adventures or role-playing swimming its all good sensory play. If you want to be extra safe with water, bath time doesn’t have to be for a bath, instead, run a bath for water playtime.
Stick a load of paper together or use a big roll and put it down on the floor. Get the kids to lye down and outline their body with a pencil or pen. They can then colour in their body, add accessories, hair, facial features; you name it. They could even have a go at creating some clothes designs.
These five simple ways to keep the kids busy should help you to start organising some fun-filled days at home, that isn’t going to break the bank. Is there anything that your kids love to do at home? Please share some ideas in the comments below.