With the school summer holidays just around the corner, many parents are already starting to stress out about how they are going to keep their little ones occupied for weeks on end.
However, if you are one of the unlucky few that will have to continue working from home whilst your kids are off school, you are going to need to get organized if you don’t want to be pulling your hair out before the end of day one. Fortunately, if you are at a loss at how you are going to keep your kids occupied while you work, the below blog is just what you need.
With fun and engaging activities for children of all ages, all of these options are inexpensive, relatively mess-free, and won’t require too much adult supervision.
Build a fort
What young child doesn’t love building their own fort? The perfect activity for sunny or rainy days, simply grab some sheets, pillows, sofa cushions, and anything else soft and suitable that you have to hand and leave them to it.
For extended longevity, challenge them to build the most epic fort of all time and tell them that they can eat their lunch in there if they succeed.
Make a t-shirt blanket
A great DIY project for slightly older children who are safe to use scissors and needles on their own, a t-shirt blanket offers the perfect way to recycle old t-shirts. Whether your child has a favorite sporting team, a band, or tv show, they can create a one-of-a-kind themed blanket using shirts that no longer fit them.
If you love this idea but don’t think your child will be able to complete this project themselves, simply ask them to sort out their t-shirts for you and then send them away to Myt-shirtblanket.com, and they will sew your blanket together for you. Not only will letting them choose their t-shirts make the blanket special, but it also teaches them the importance of decluttering every so often and having keepsakes. They won’t see the decluttering as a chore if they are getting something amazing out of it!
Set up a car washing station
Most children love playing with both cars and water, so why not combine the two to create an even more fun activity that is guaranteed to keep them busy for at least an hour? If the weather is nice, all you need to do is fill a container with water and provide some sponges, clothes, and dishwasher soap, as well as a box of toy cars and let them take care of the rest.
Alternatively, if it is raining outside, place all of the above in an empty bath for a mess-free but totally fun activity that your kids will love.
Throw a sports day
Although this will take a little bit of planning, this activity should keep your kids happy for at least a few hours, if not longer. There are many different sports day activities and races that you could choose to recreate, including an egg and spoon race, a beanbag toss, and a sack race. Don’t worry if you lack in supplies, you just need to get a little bit creative. For example, your laundry basket is perfect for throwing games.
Draw with sideboard chalk
There is just something about being allowed to draw on the sidewalk that kids love, and you may be surprised at just how long this simple activity will keep your kids busy for. Plus, you don’t even need to go to the store to buy chalk as you can make your own using only a few simple ingredients.