It can be quite challenging entertaining kids at home, especially nowadays when going outside is limited.
As an early childhood educator, we know that sometimes allowing children to be bored can get them to create their own fun, but sometimes kids need a helping hand.
Boxes can be great for a range of things, kids can paint them, draw on them, cut them to create things, join them together, younger kids can sit in them and draw and paint and colour. Give older kids glue and craft materials that they can stick on them to create their own work of art. Boxes can be castles, cars, planes, trains… it is limitless and can go as far as your child’s imagination.
Messy play is always a hit! If you have a garden you can do it there otherwise, I found with young kids sit them in the shower or bath and give them paints, shaving foam and let them just play away. Give them toys or animals they can paint and wash or toy cars they can make paint tracks with. Again, it is nothing fancy and doesn’t require much.
My child just loves a bowl or tub of water, some food colouring and will happily play and mix the colours and see what they make. She will add leaves and other random things to “make
Kid love to clean, mine can spend hours just cleaning surfaces and windows and anything! All that is required is soapy water and a cloth and a squeeze bottle or just water in a bucket.
A great way to occupy kids is cooking with them. Children love to mix and add ingredients,
with younger kids you can make the items and maybe they just decorate.
Entertaining kids does not mean you plan and have every second mapped out for them.
Fewer activities are always better as the children focus better.
Colouring and drawing are always something most children will enjoy no matter what age they are, older kids can do clay modelling and paint those, younger kids can just use crayons to scribble.
Read! There is nothing better than to cuddle up and read a story, once again young children love being read to while older kids can be encouraged to read on their own.
Whilst children play, SO much learning occurs, you can assist by talking to them while they play. Ask lots of “what” (what colour/shape is that) questions, also “how questions” (how
did you do that?) even “why” (why do you think that happened?”
As someone with a young child and a person who has worked with young kids for over 15
years – simple is best, if they don’t want to do something don’t force them, ask them what
they want, keep choice to a minimum