Kids love to play and we love to see them play as well. But due to their constant desire to do more, they tend to get bored easily and boredom sometimes brings about crankiness. You definitely don’t want that. So, what other ways can you keep the kids home without the risk of boredom creeping in?
The answer is more games for them to play. You don’t need to change their playing activities; you just need to spice it up with even more playing activities. How do you do this? Well, stick around cos we’ve got some ideas for you to keep the kids busy.
Keeping The Kids Busy
As a mom, you have those moments when you just want to be alone. A subtle reminder that, as wonderful as they are, your kids aren’t the only part of your life. Skip to the other side of the road and you’ve got some parents trying to get closer to their kids and they’re out of ideas. Wherever you may be stuck on, here are 5 tips to bail you out:
You don’t need a fancy building set for this. Popsicle stick cities, card towers, even buildings out of blocks, or indoor forts out of boxes or pillows, will do just fine. If you want to get competitive, whoever builds the highest tower wins.
2. Magical Mama (or Papa)
Be your kids’ very own Harry Houdini—without the locks, chains and water tanks, of course. Simply place a coin under one of three cups and shuffle the cups around. Then ask your children to guess which cup holds the coin. Sneaky parents can place the cups near the edge of a table and secretly drop the coin. Watch your tots’ eyes light up in amazement when they learn the coin is gone!
Exercise those creative, cognitive and problem-solving muscles with a good puzzle. You can use a store-bought variety or have the kids make their own. Have your children draw a picture on a sturdy piece of cardboard or Bristol board. Then use a pencil to outline puzzle pieces directly on their drawing. Cut out the pieces with a good pair of scissors, mix them up and get solving. Indoor games and craft in one fun activity!
4. Card games
Card games are great for challenging young minds and creating hours of indoor fun. Grab a box of cards and check out our favorite traditional card games.
5. Hide and Seek
No list of indoor games would be complete without Hide and Seek, now would it? In this classic game, one person (“It”) covers his or her eyes and counts aloud while the other players hide. When “It” is finished counting, he or she begins looking for the hiders. The last hider to be found is the next “It.” Warning: this game is often a source of giggle fits.
If your kid loves a clapping, skipping, playground game, and you want more ideas to expand the repertoire, there is a great English website, Playground Fun, that has a bunch. The site offers great instructions and pictures, and most of its contributors are kids.
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