The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:
Working at home with kids underfoot can be a challenge.
Yes, instead of turning on the television, the next time you’ve got to keep the kids entertained, check out some fun yet technology-free ways to do that.
Here you are:
1. Books, Books and More Books
Yes, reading is a great way to keep kids entertained and engaged for hours at end. Whether you have a toddler, tween, teen or all three, you can have a stash of books to keep them all engrossed while you finish up with emails or other work.
Have a book discussion after each reading session where the kids can tell you their favorite part of the story or what they learned from it.
2. Creative, Non-Battery Toys
Toys with batteries, personally, drive me a little crazy. I prefer more traditional, creative, engaging toys that require kids to work things out, imagine, create and just play. No sirens blaring, dolls talking, wheels whirring for me and my daughter. Just good, ole’ toys that require a child’s imagination to power them up.
3. Fort Building
This one is a recent favorite for my daughter. Building forts in the living room using couches, chairs, blankets and sheets. It’s more of a tent, since she then takes all her other toys and sits inside and plays. However, older children can have ‘stronger ‘forts and play make believe castle games for hours of fun!
4. No Cook Cooking
Again, a great way to keep the older kids busy and occupied doing something creative and fun. There are plenty of no cook recipes that usually just require the use of the microwave or freezer that tweens and kindergarteners can easily make. Teens can dabble with simple recipes and discover that there is more to food than just eating it.
5. Water Play
Who doesn’t love a good splash fest? When days are warm and the kids are getting antsy inside, turn on the sprinklers outside and let them splash each other silly!
6. The Great Outdoors
Whether you get the kids to go gardening, head for a Nature walk or simply, cycle, run and play outdoors, sometimes just getting outside is what does the trick. If you live in a crowded neighborhood with not too much of open space, check out outdoor sports and activity centers. You could take the kids and let them have some sporty fun while you can catch up on reading or emailing.
7. Craft and Art Activities
Again, a favorite with us. Give younger kids sheets to color or paint in while older ones can actually do some structured craft activity to make photo frames, do a bit of knitting or crochet, paint a canvas. Yes, the list is endless and is a great way to nurture imagination and creativity in children of all ages. Need resource sites? Here’s a list of 30 awesome art and craft sites.
8. Play Dates
Have a friend who’s got kids of the same age as yours? Fix weekly play dates where you can take turns to watch the kids. Both of you get some time off while the kids get some healthy socializing and playing with other children. Win-win! This solution worked really well for us during the summer holidays and kept our daughter entertained without the need for a camp.
9. Board Games
Yes, bring out the board games. Monopoly, Scrabble, Candy Land, Tumblin’ Monkeys, take your pick depending on how old your children are. You can have regular board game sessions each week and let the kids pick their favorites.
Even if you have an only child, like yours truly, you can rely on board games like Hungry Hippos or Memory to keep the young ones entertained on their own.
10. Drama and Dress Up
Finally, let the kids dish out some drama. Bring out the dress up costumes and let children put on their own play, with a self-written script or choose a favorite story and turn that into a play. This is something that we did a LOT of as kids and now my daughter does it with great enthusiasm.
What non-tech ways do you have to keep kids entertained while you work at home?
|Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being postively productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting at The Mom Writes.|