Whether itís raining or you just donít have the energy to get out of the house, here are some fun things to do with kids at home, which will keep them busy for hours.
Take Something Apart and Put It Back Together
Many of the things we use every day are mechanical wonders - your childrenís action figures, a toaster, a printer are just a few things we take for granted. Your kids will be fascinated by what is inside. Use equipment that is broken or that you are not going to need, just in case putting it back together doesnít work.
Send Away for Free Stuff or Enter Competitions
There are many websites which run competitions or give away free stuff. And who doesnít love a freebie? Your kids will love receiving mail addressed to them and getting a few surprises.
Make a Music Video
No doubt, your children have a favourite band or a song. Instead of just listening to their music, why not encourage them to make a music video. They can dress up as their favourite artist and you can film them dancing and singing along to the tunes. If your kids are older, let them come up with ideas for where and how the music video should be made, then help them edit the video using free editing software such as Movie Maker.
Grow a Herb Garden
Next time you go shopping, buy some seeds/starter plants, string, gardening tools and soil. You can set up your herb garden in the backyard, on your balcony or even in pots at home. Take photos of how the plants grow and include them in your family gardening experience album. You can also include pictures of recipes that you make with your fresh herbs.
Make your Own Play Dough or Slime
Play dough and slime are simple to make and your children will enjoy getting messy, while doing it. To make play dough, all you need is 3 cups flour, 1/3 cup salt, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 cup water and food colouring. If you want to make several different colours, separate the dough before adding food colouring. Store the play dough in an air tight bag in the fridge when it is not use. If you wish to preserve your masterpieces, simply let them air dry.
To make slime, pour 2 cups of cornflour into a mixing blow. Stir in small amounts of water until the cornflour is a thick paste (approx. 1.5 cups water). Then add in about five drops of food colouring of your choice.
If you donít have any bubble solution, you can make it at home by mixing ľ cup liquid dish detergent, 3 ĺ cups water.
To make a bubble wand, bend a wire coat hanger into a small loop. Dip the loop in the bubble solution and wave it in the air or blow into it.
Set Up Your Own Ice Cream Station
Going out for an ice cream can be a costly exercise, especially if you have a large family or if friendsí kids are visiting. So why not set up your own Cold Rock type ice cream station Ė all youíll need is some ice cream and a selection of lollies, nuts, chocolate, fruit and cookies. The kids will love making up their own creations and you will save money in the process.
There are plenty of fun things to do with kids at home. Most of them wonít cost you any money, since you are likely to have the supplies already. A little imagination can go a long way in keeping children occupied on rainy days or when you need to get some work done.