Picture the scene…
It’s one of the rare days where every member of the family is home with no commitments. Everybody has gotten up, got dressed and eaten their breakfast and are now ready to go and spend some much needed quality time together. When suddenly you remember.. that really important parcel is due to come today and the courier, being their usual helpful selves, have told you it could arrive any time between 6am and 6pm.
You can’t all go out today.
Suddenly, you go in to panic mode – you have a family of people who have the ability to get incredibly bored, incredibly quickly. What can you do to keep everyone entertained and happy? How do you still make that time together special if you are inside?
Why not use one of the following ideas?
1. Plan an indoor picnic.
If they are old enough, get the kids to help you make some sandwiches in the morning. Pop them into sandwich boxes and then store in a picnic basket if you have one. Top up the basket (or whatever you use) with some fruit, goodies, drinks and anything else you would normally take if you were going on a picnic.
When it comes to lunch time dig out your picnic basket, shake off any old grass and lay it in the middle of the living room. Turn your TV and any devices off and get everyone to sit down on the floor. Use plastic or paper plates, share the food you made earlier between everyone and Bob’s your uncle.. you have a picnic!
2. Build a fort.
Yes, I know – this is an oldie. You have got to admit though, it is a good one and keeps little ones happy for ages.
If you haven’t put together a fort before, it is basically putting together a variety of objects to create a comfortable area for you all to sit in or hide in. When I was little we used to make forts out of the dining chairs and a few bed sheets. By placing the chairs in a rectangle or circle and then draping bedsheets over them, you are left with the perfect hiding place.
3. Finger painting.
Messy but fun, finger paints are always a winner. Especially if you can pair them with an A1 piece of paper.
Strip the kids down, don aprons if you have them and everybody let loose (yes, even you). It’s great fun and you will be amazed what art you can all create just using your fingers.
4. Make biscuits and decorate them.
Biscuits are quick to make, which is great for short attention spans, and you get a sweet treat at the end. Get the kids to help you stir the mixture and place it on the tray before everyone taking a number to decorate once they are baked.
Why not set a challenge or a theme for the decoration? It could even be a competition and the best decorated biscuit chosen at the end.
5. Get out the construction toys.
Construction toys are great and they keep both kids and adults entertained (ever found yourself building an entire city out of Lego when the kids get it out?). Clear a space on the floor or table, sit down in your respective places and build, build, build!
I find that Duplo or Mega Blocks are brilliant for younger children – they’re bright and colourful, can be placed together but are much bigger than Lego. Reduced risk = happier parents!
When stuck at home, don’t be afraid to show your child like side and have some fun! It will stop you being bored and the kids will love to have a play mate.
Do you have any other ideas for spending a day in with the kids? If so, let me know in the comments – I always need extra ideas!
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