It’s half-term – are you already stressing about how you’re going to get everything done with the kids at home?!
Now she’s 7, Little H isn’t really fussed about playing with toys so my go-to activity when I need to get a bit of housework done or get myself ready, is her tablet or Minecraft on the PlayStation. Like most parents, I’d rather not resort to using screens to keep her occupied but it keeps her quiet for long enough to allow me to get a few things done.
With a whole week off school, I don’t want her to be using screens too much so have tried to think of some other things that tend to capture her attention for more than 5 minutes.
Anything hands on is always good and keeps kids’ attentions for a while – plus you feel like they’re learning when they’re building or making!
These are my ideas to entertain children without relying on screens…
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Little H has always liked crafts, and I’m ok with a bit of mess if it keeps her quiet. These are a few of the favourite crafts at the moment:
Playdoh used to be really popular in our house but it’s been outgrown a bit now. I bought a cheap pack of plasticine recently and it’s become a firm favourite.
For her birthday we bought Little H a skipping rope that counts your skips and it’s a winner! She’s even been out skipping before school. We have this one, but there are probably lots of others available:
Who remembers Top Trumps? This is one they can’t really do by themselves but if you have more than one child it’s a good way of keeping them entertained for a bit and also gets their brains working. We have the Shopkins and Minecraft Top Trumps, and there are all sorts of different ones for any interest:
As above not really something they can play alone but good for multiple kids. You want to pick something easy that you don’t need to keep intervening with. Mousetrap and Hungry Hippos are favourites here:
If you can cope with the possibility of having to pick hundreds of tiny beads up off the floor, Hama beads are a fab way to keep kids engrossed in an activity. They also have something to show and keep at the end of it.
Do you think any of these would keep your kids away from screens for a while? Let me know how you get on!