Entertaining your children can be a complicated issue at best, and it is even more difficult during the holidays. We have put on our thinking caps and we have devised 40 excellent ways to keep your children occupied, regardless of weather and age. So, if you’re desperate to get them out of the game console and the TV, you’ll find all the ideas you’ll need for the best moments of fun!
Almost a rite of initiation, the clay is easy to make and you can smell it and color it in any way you want. All ages love to play dough, but make sure they are at an age when they understand that it isn’t the best thing to eat!
Become an artist
What child doesn’t like to get their hands dirty? Get some plasticine, a plastic knife and mold away. You can even buy hardened auto clay if you want it to become permanent.
Fun in the kitchen
There are many simple recipes that you can try to do with your children. If you’re worried about being near the oven, why not try to make chocolate bars that should be chilled in the fridge? If you really love them, why don’t you challenge them to invent different sandwich fillings for the snack? Many don’t particularly enjoy the results, but you are teaching them about the taste, as well as having fun!
Teach them how to knit
The cross stitch is enjoying a new life and is an excellent way to involve children in arts and crafts. You can get special kits designed for younger children, so they don’t get hurt with needles and the pattern will be easier to follow.
Teach them how to sew
Have you never done it yourself? These are some useful tips for beginners, plus we have many free weaving patterns here to keep you occupied.
Make paper airplanes
Use all the waste paper that was destined for recycling and build a fleet of paper airplanes. Then you can cast them from a window above, or in the back garden. You can make different types and see which one flies farther.
Write a story
Children could write their favorite fairy tale and simply change the ending if they feel like it. Another great idea is to write chain stories with friends. Each person writes a paragraph and then shows the last line only to the next writer. Once the final person has written their section, read the entire story aloud: it is usually quite fun!
Organize a dance party
Invite some of your children’s friends, get a bunch of their favorite songs and let them dance until they fall. All you have to do is provide drinks and snacks!
Fun games centers
Indoor play centers are increasingly popular. They are very fun, safe and allow you to relax while your children run without fear of injury. Activities include bouncing on trampolines, climbing foam stairs and then going down slides, climbing gear and jumping into pools.
Dye by immersion
It can evoke images of hippies, but tie-dyeing is an excellent way to embellish some of your children’s old clothes and it’s fun to do. Basically, you pick up your shirt (or another piece of clothing) and leave it to soak in a cloth dye.
Do a treasure hunt
Make a list of strange and funny items to find your children. They can hunt around the house or the garden.
Suggested items can be a canceled stamp, a straw, a rubber band, a penny of a particular decade (before the children were born, or maybe make them find one in the year the child was born who is years old ), a toothpick. If you live in the countryside or go to a park, some suggestions are a pine cone, a worm, an insect, a white rock, something red, a feather.
Treasure hunt with tracks
Okay, so this means a little work in your name, but why not write some clues and then hide some delicious things around the house and garden so that your children can find them? Solve the clues and you will get the prize!
Make a sundial
Teach your children how people used to say the time before the invention of watches and clocks. All you need is a compass to know where the north is and then place a stick on the ground and watch the shadow change position as the sun moves.
Fun in the garden
Growing plants is fun and even more fun if you can see your work grow and flourish in front of your eyes. There are many plants that even a small child can grow without too many problems, from small trees to herbs and vegetables. If you don’t have a garden, the window box or small pots are the answer and it won’t matter at what time of year the plants. Try to grow herbs like basil, parsley or watercress, that way you can eat them once they have grown.
Fun and sport
Most of the local leisure centers have many opportunities to learn new sports, from martial arts to badminton, soccer, trampoline, swimming, and tennis. In addition, they usually provide the equipment so you don’t have to shell out a lot of expensive kits until they are fully hooked. Cycling is another great activity for young people.
Take a little water
If you have them interested in gardening, then you can make some gardening accessories, such as a rain catcher. Take a large jar and mark lines half an inch away by going up the line vase. Leave it outside with the lid to collect water when it rains. Your child will also be able to see how much rain there has been before watering their plants.
Make a wormery
If you really feel with green fingers, then you can also try to help them collect worms for their own habitat. Right after it rains it is the best time to look for worms. Once you have collected five or more, place them in a large Tupperware box or in an old ice cream tub with a little soil. Make holes in the top so they can breathe. Then you can feed the worms with leftover food, including eggshells and vegetable peels. The worms will make a great compost, which you can use in your garden.
Fun at the local library
There is something for everyone, regardless of whether they are sports fans, adventure fans or prefer something more romantic and feminine. The best of all is that if they find something they like, it costs nothing to get them out!
Play a board game
Encourage your child’s competitive streak and develop a quick board game. You will be surprised how quickly they do it.
Go for a walk
Whether you live in a city, city or country, there will be places to go, never before. Think of a place with spectacular views, or a part of your local area that has a lot of associated history. If you’re not sure where to go, your local library can help you with some ideas.
Go to the farm
Introduce your animal children by taking them to a farm. Even if you live in a city, there are many farms in the city throughout the country, and many of them cost a lot of money. It is also a great opportunity to learn about wildlife if your child’s only previous contact has been with a cat or dog.
Watch a movie
Nothing beats the excitement of a trip to the local cinema. Many often watch a movie with children on Saturday mornings.
Fun at the sea
Children can find crabs and barnacles in rock pools, many shells, and stones of incredible colors.
Find an old ruin
The castles are magical places and capture the imagination of most children, who love to cross the moats, go up and down spiral staircases and look at the canyons.
Visit a museum
We know that many people are bored, but many museums are now free and have made great efforts to be interesting for children.
Fun with grandparents
Most children love visiting grandparents and this time, why not ask your son or daughter to ask them what it was like when they were children? What did they do to pass the time? What were your favorite toys? Did you watch television? They will be surprised by the answers.
Put on your elegant shoes and try to score a strike. There are lots of bowling alleys across the country and, if the little ones find it a bit difficult, they can put the bumpers in the gutters to make it easier.
Make a map
Draw the boxes on a large sheet of paper and see how easy it is for them to draw the local neighborhood. Have them imagine that they are a bird in the sky looking down. It isn’t as easy as it looks.
Fun with Karaoke
If you have a game console, then something like SingStar is fantastic. Alternatively, karaoke CDs cost very little at music stores. Make sure you sing some of the songs too. There’s nothing like being ashamed to entertain your children!
Encourage your child’s creative side, finding a box of clothes to disguise and having him invent a story for a play. You may need to help them with some ideas (princess trapped in a castle, stranded on a desert island are two). Do not forget that you will also have to sit during the presentation.
Go to a pond
Make your children discover a little about nature by simply visiting their local pond: all you need is a plastic or net cardboard and a local pond. Sweep the net or cardboard box firmly through the water and then transfer the creatures with a plastic spoon to a separate carton filled with clean water. You will be surprised what is there!
This came from the famous Winnie The Pooh books and now it has become a worldwide activity. All you need are some poles and a stream or river with a bridge over it. Just throw your clubs on one side and then hurry to the other to see who comes first.
Fun with origami
The ancient Japanese art of folding paper is easy to make and is also dead cheap. You can fold a sheet of paper into almost anything, as long as you already have a pattern.
A little recycling
Collect a lot of things like egg boxes, cereal boxes, plastic milk bottles and let your imagination run wild. If you invite some friends and ask them to bring their own trash, it becomes even more fun. You just have to provide the adhesive tape, the scissors, the glue, and the paint and monitor them.
Go find stars
Looking at the clear sky can be an incredible experience and, if you can tell your child what constellations they are, it will be even greater for him. Do some research beforehand, if you want, otherwise see if you can find interesting shapes in the patterns of the stars.
Fun on ice
The covered tracks are a great place to learn. And it is unlikely that you are up to the standards of the championships, so your children will enjoy watching you fall as much as they do.
Art galleries have been awoken to make painting fun. Many of them have workshops in which children can participate and questionnaires that can be answered as they progress.
Build a den
All you need is a large blanket or sheet and some cushions and let them pretend they are in a rainforest or somewhere similar. A great box is also a great idea for a cave: it is likely to entertain you for hours.
Make a miniature garden
Do not discard aluminum foil trays that contain prepared foods. They are excellent containers for a small garden. You will need a little bit of tack to stick rocks and twigs. Add some toy figures to make it more real. You can also use sand to turn it into a beach scene.
Make a family tree
How much do your children know about your family? Do you know anything about your parents’ parents? Not only is it fun to draw family trees, but it also teaches them a little about history.
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