Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Everything you need to keep kids happy

So far, this season has been great for weather. I’ve managed to take my children out quite a few times for fantastic family trips. You can check out what we’ve been up to on my other post. But, unfortunately, if you check out the weather forecast it seems like our good fortune might be about to turn. Bad weather is on it’s way again, and that’s going to mean a lot of rainy days. When your kids are in school, that’s not a great problem. But during spring break or the summer holidays, this can be a nightmare. Particularly, if you don’t have any vacations booked. So, let’s think about how to survive this situation.

TV is A Must

Sounds lazy? Yes, it probably is, but there’s no denying that plonking your kids down in front of the TV does give you a couple of hours spare. I know parents are against this idea because they don’t want their children to watch junk all day. It’s the psychological equivalent of feeding them a cake for lunch, breakfast and dinner. Well, there’s good news on that front. If you have an Aerial installation for Freeview or Sky, you can get educational channels too. That’s a fantastic solution for the educational drought during those long summer months. You can switch between the Disney channel and the History channel or something similar.

Dust Off The Board Games

Do you have any board games in your attic? I think we’ve got quite a few. On a rainy day, the first thing that I do is hunt them out. I know kids have games consoles and things, but there’s nothing wrong with a good board game. If you set it up as a family activity, they might enjoy it. Again, there are plenty of board games that can be used as an educational tool. For instance, you play Scrabble with your kids. It’s a great way to improve their vocabulary, and their English teachers will certainly thank you for it.

Online And Away You Go

Who needs a holiday when your kids can go anywhere in the world online. If it starts to rain most will immediately make a dramatic dive for the computer, laptop or tablet. But again, you don’t have to give them free reign. You can download a few apps, some fun and others educational. Just make sure that you don’t buy any with in-game purchases. Or go into the settings to turn off micro purchases. Once you’ve done that, you’re in the clear. You might also like to think about setting up parental locks. That way, you can make sure your kids don’t stumble onto any unfriendly websites. ke sure your kids don’t stumble onto any unfriendly websites.

Arts & Crafts

Finally, if it does start to pour down, you can set up a room in your home of arts and crafts. This can be great fun and will keep your kids entertained for hours. You can find some brilliant concepts for paper mache and other activities online. Let your kids follow an instruction video, leaving you to sort out other chores around the home.  

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