10 tips to entertain bored children
28 June 2019
If you’re a parent you will know very well entertaining your little ones can be a tricky business at the best of times, and it's even more difficult during holidays.
Knowing how to keep children amused can sometimes be daunting, especially when things cost so much. We have come up with 10 top tips to help take some of the stress out of it, and keep everyone happy without needing to spend a fortune.
- Cooking and baking
Once a week plan a cooking or baking day. Involve the kids in the process from the beginning — let them chose from a selection of recipes that you have ingredients for. If the child can read, get them to read from the recipe book. Step by step, help them to work through the instructions. Try to avoid the temptation of doing it yourself.
- The great outdoors (and the garden!)
Sunny days are great for simple activities like picnics and ball games. This can be done as close to home as in the back garden!
- Organise a treasure hunt around your home and garden with clues and treats for the children to find
- Hold your own mini Olympics with games that require little equipment... a sack race with pillowcases, a tug of war with a dressing gown belt! Use your imagination.
- If outside is dry, wrap up and go to the park or a nice walk somewhere quiet with the children with a flask of hot chocolate - sure to go down a treat!
- If you have a tent, you could arrange a camping trip in your garden with the children for one night!
- Kites are great if it is a windy day and they can be bought from bargain shops very cheaply
- Tire them out
Indoor play centres are becoming more and more popular. They’re great fun, safe and allow you to relax while your kids run riot without fear of injury. Activities include bouncing on trampolines, go up foam staircases and then coming down slides, climbing rigging and jumping into ball pits.
- Go swimming
If you are lucky enough to live close to the sea, go swimming when possible. The sea has a calming effect on children and the amount of energy used in the water means that they won’t be quite as active when they get home. If you don’t live close to the sea, go to a swimming pool instead.
- Get them gardening
Growing plants is great fun and it’s even more fun if they can watch their work get bigger and flower in front of their eyes. There are lots of plants that even a young child can grow without too much trouble, from small trees to herbs and vegetables. If you don’t have a garden, then a window box or small pots are the answer and it won’t matter what time of year you plant them. Try growing herbs like basil, parsley or cress – that way they can eat them once they’ve grown.
- Visit the library
Use your local library regularly. In most libraries you can get more than books; you can get movies and music. Make a day out of it. Do some reading while you’re there instead of getting some books and heading home. Give your children a love of books — it is one of the best gifts you can give them.
- Go down on the farm
Introduce your children to animals by taking them to a farm. Even if you live in a city, there are lots of city farms around the country, and many of them cost peanuts to get into. It’s also a great opportunity to get up close to wildlife, if your child’s only previous contact has been with a cat or dog.
- Visit a museum
We know they spell boredom to many people, but lots of museums are free now and have made great efforts to be interesting for kids.
- Organize some play dates
Plan some play dates and invite friends over. While they spend time with their friends it may give you the opportunity to get some work done and perhaps even connect with other parents. Plus the invite may be returned some day.
- Day out at the theatre
When you imagine an evening at the theatre, you probably picture an entertaining night out spent relaxing and watching a story unfold, taking you away from reality for a few hours. What you may not realize is that theatre is more than entertainment. Theatre is a unique, immersive learning experience for audiences of any age.
So why not step into the magical and colourful world of LITTLE BABY BUM. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their nursery rhyme friends at the world premiere of a brand new LIVE show at the At the Troubadour White City Theatre from 23 July to 3 August 2019, book your LITTLE BABY BUM LIVE tickets today!
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Little Baby Bum is showing at White City Theatre from Tuesday 23rd July to Saturday 3rd August. Book your tickets today and enjoy time with your toddler in Theatre London!Back to Blog