Do you have something important to do, but can’t because your kids are bored and want something to do? Unfortunately, although some children can usually keep themselves occupied, most need something to do every second.
Find a few ways to keep them busy:
Games that the kids won’t need much help with are best. Try not to use difficult games like Monopoly, unless there is an older child who can help the younger ones. Try to keep them from playing video games, though you may have to let them if they still won’t leave you alone. Card games are good, too.
You may also ask an older child to read to the younger children, or to help them do a jigsaw or puzzle.
2. Healthy Snacks
Things like apples, grapes, oranges, fruit snacks, and fruit juice are the best choices, though the occasional cookie can’t hurt. Try to choose snacks that they will eat slowly, such as a sandwich.
3. Get Them To Exercise
Let them ride their bicycles within your compound, and if they can swim and there’s a a pool in the house, sit by and watch them swim. Kids love water fun.
4. If they are quite young, give them some colouring books or paper and provide them with lots of felt tip pens or crayons and let them draw or colour. Be sure to stick any of their creations to the fridge or a wall afterwards to show them that you are proud of what they have done.
They will also be likely happy doing crafts or arts, like paper chains. Only let them do things that you trust them to do alone, or have an older child help them and watch over them if you can’t be in the same room at all times.
5. Use music. They could play Musical Statues, where they dance until the music stops. Get an older child to put on some music and operate the stereo/CD player or you could just put on some music and let them dance. If you have girls, tell them to make up a dance routine that they can perform to you when you have finished cleaning or doing whatever you have to do.
6. Let Them Watch An Interesting Video. Make sure it is something age appropriate that they will all enjoy and have all decided on. Let them watch when you have to do a job, are busy or just need some free time.
7. Let Them Play Outside. This could be playing football, skipping or playing games with each other such as chase or hide and seek. If you have smaller children, fill a large bucket or something quite big with water and add plastic boats, rubber ducks and other toys. Also, you could use this same bucket to put sand in and let them build miniature sand castles.
How do you keep your children occupied?