Real life is better.
How many times I have you heard a parent say that their child played with the cardboard boxes for longer than the toy?
Most toys don’t do enough to keep children occupied yet we fill our homes with them. Ok I know some toys are great 🙂
As a working mum with traditional values I find you can’t go wrong with these ideas:
Making the dough and putting all the toppings on is great fun and keeps children occupied for ages. Let them help wash up too. Not only is cooking fun but it’s also educational.
Keep lots of kitchen items to use for shopping games- empty cereal boxes, sweet tubes, jars and tubs. Nothing sharp. When finished everything can go in the recycling bins.
Give your little one a trowel and something to kneel on and they’ll play for hours. Let them help pull up weeds, sweep,play with empty plant pots and watering cans.
I love making things. We’ve just bought a big bag of loom bands and are happy creating things together. I love crafts using leftover household items like toilet roll binoculars, pen holders from Pringles pots and landscapes using all manner if leftover items.
Egg and spoon races, dancing competitions, who can make the best potato face, hide and seek. Anything can be made in to a competition to create fun for hours.
My little one is a whizz on the ipad but she will spend longer with good old fashioned colouring lens and colouring book. I love those great big felt pictures you can colour in. Colouring books are great for dexterity, colour recognition, colour use and concentration. Tracing paper over a colouring book is also good. Pavement chalks for outdoors. Bath crayons for bath time and paint for old wallpaper. Simple fun costing very little.
I don’t think you have to spend a fortune to have fun.
Children who can a use themselves will be less demanding of attention. And will be less likely to get bored as quickly.
Sometimes movie time with a hot chocolate is a great way for the whole family to relax.
Remember your little one wants to be just like mum or dad so role play games or helping out games will be just up their street.