School holidays are a very busy time for families and can also be expensive if you attempt to fill the days with costly outings. If you are choosing to spend some days around the home, are you ready for the inevitable "mum, I'm bored" call from your kids?
Instead of waiting for the moment and scrambling for some ideas to entertain your children, it might be a good idea to prepare yourself with a Bored Bucket.
Write down on individual pieces of paper 10-20 different indoor and outdoor play ideas. You could even ask your children to come up with some ideas that donít involve screen time to get them thinking outside of the box.
Pop all of the ideas into a jar, bucket or tissue box and let your children know that if they come to you saying that they are bored, that they need to pick an idea out of the Bored Bucket. Make an additional rule that they take it in turns and must accept the play idea; if not they have to help out with a chore. If you are feeling liberal you might let them do a redraw if they arenít happy with their first pick.
Here are some ideas you may like to pop in your Bored Bucket Ė be creative, have fun, think about the season, the individual interests of your children and original items within your household to create play fun for hours.
Build a fort or cubby house
Make a boat for your soft toys and send them on an adventure around the house
Create the longest Domino trail you can
Do some craft
Wash your dolls and teddies clothes in the sink and hang them out to dry
Create a puppet show
Make up a dance and perform it
Play a board game or make up your own
Do a puzzle
Draw a chalk mural on the pavement
Ride your bikes
Hide something and make a treasure map for your siblings
Bake some biscuits or a cake and clean up before you eat
Create a maze in the house for your cars/trains
Play dress ups
Make cards for friends or family, write them and send them in the post
Have a tea party
Make paper aeroplanes
Use household items and cardboard to create a robot
Make a kite to fly at the park
Get writing and imagine all the possibilities, fun and memories to be made during the next school holidays.
I want hours upon hours of delicious sleep followed by hot cups of tea, reading my book and nothingness. But I'll have to get up now to comfort, feed, clean, dress, entertain, love, laugh, play, and repeat.