How to Keep your Children from Being Bored at Home
Children get bored at home, whatever we try to do they will get bored, but as a parent, it’s our job to come up with new ideas to keep them occupied and keep that terrible b-word away.
Boredom isn’t nice and if your kids are constantly bored then you need to step up and find new ways of keeping them entertained. This is especially true during this pandemic as most of us including our children have been in isolation for long periods.
We can hope that this pandemic is going to ease over the next few months and that things will return to normal, if we do lockdown again though it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan.
Don’t worry, we got you. Your backup plan can be the following list of things that you can do at home with your children to keep them entertained and keep boredom away.
1) Build a den
A nice and easy one to start off. Building a den for your children is cheap, takes hours to do and will keep them entertained for weeks to come. You can do something as simple as a pillow den in the front room or if you or a partner is handy when it comes to DIY then you can take it to the next level with a wooden fort or treehouse.
Building a Den for your children is fun and can be as cheap or as expensive as you want to make it. A den can inspire your children to use their imaginations and will keep them occupied.
If you do find yourself wanting to make a treehouse then the spruce has an excellent article and plans on how to do so.
2) Watch classic movies
Classic movies are just a different level to the remakes that the studios are making today so if your children are bored why not have a cinema day and bring out the old classic movies from your cupboards.
I know VHS players aren’t around that much anymore so if you do have old VHS tapes lying around you can convert them to DVD or digital copies by having software on your computer, but if you aren’t technical you can use a company like Digital Converters to do it for you.
In my opinion, the old movies are the best, and if your kids haven’t seen them then showing them classics like the Goonies, Lion King, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and so on will amaze them.
3) Plant flowers in the garden.
Children love being outdoors and if you involve them with your gardening they will love it. You don’t even have to have green fingers yourself. Gardening can be simple or as complex as you want. All you need to do is decide on how much maintenance you want to give to the flowers you pick.
If you are a beginner then start out with simple plants. Once your children get into the routine of watering the plants every day they will love gardening.
Gardening is a cheap activity and brings hours of fun. It also shows your little ones how to take responsibility for looking after living things too.
4) Create a treasure hunt
Another cheap and fun activity is having a treasure hunt around your home. You can keep your child engaged by creating a map together and then hiding items around the home.
Treasure in this instance can be anything from other clues, to small sweets and chocolates or to new toys depending on how much you want to spend. Once again this is an activity that can be as cheap or as expensive as you would like.
5) Play your old board games
Have your children ever played games such as Mouse Trap, Snakes and Ladders, Guess Who and many of the other classic old board games?
If they haven’t it’s time to take them out of your storage, wipe them down and show them how to play. These games aren’t made as well anymore so your kids will love them.
6) Become a photographer for the day
Children love to play and use their imaginations. So fuel their imaginations by giving them some tasks to fulfil. Becoming a photographer for the day doesn’t have to cost much if anything at all.
You can either purchase an old camera for your children to play around with, you can get these from second-hand shops or if you are trusting you can download photography apps and put them on your smartphone and let your children play around with that.
If you don’t have any idea where to get started you can browse some of the photography websites online and look for inspiration to give to your children and then set them challenges.
Challenging your children in this way will allow them to think for themselves and it could ignite a passion within them too. Photography is a great way of showing a person’s creativity and it doesn’t cost much to get started either.
- Keeping your children from being bored
Above are some suggestions that I have used over this pandemic to keep my children from being bored and they have loved it. Quite often children will sit in their rooms playing the latest game and spend hours in front of their screens.
The ideas above are a little different and although some of them will have screen time at least there is a good mixture there to keep your children active and engaged in the other activities that you can all do together.