Are the kids bouncing off the walls after school? We’ve got some ideas from parents on things you can do to keep them busy.
Tip #1: Jump to the beat
Tip #2: Poster play
Tip #3: Read a recipe
Channel some of that energy by getting them to give you a hand in the kitchen. Get them to pick a recipe and give it a go together – you’ll find plenty of ideas on Parent Club, and in books. Something simple like pancakes or scrambled eggs are perfect. Your little chef can read out the recipe, and then find the ingredients with you in the kitchen. Yum!
Tip #4: Fantastic feast
Tip #5: Jungle adventure
Want to calm their wild side after school? Try a jungle adventure by writing a list of what they'd need for a trip is a fun way to keep them busy. It’s also a good way to unstick them from their devices!
Tip #6: Party planners
Tip #7: Ready, steady, go!
If you want a trick to get them doing something in record time, why not try “ready steady go”? Use a stopwatch or a clock with a second hand to help your child figure out how long it takes to do everyday things - like tidying up toys, getting ready in the morning, or helping you sort out the recycling. You’ll probably find they’ll start trying to “beat” their record- good news for getting the chores done!
Tip #8: Thank you
When your child receives a gift or a treat, you could encourage them to send a 'thank you' drawing. To get them started, you could talk about the person they're doing the drawing for, and what that person might like a drawing of. Do they like dogs? Is the dog a happy or a sad dog? What's the dog's name? Who is the dog’s best friend? Lots of kids love making pictures for other people - and the person who gets it will be very happy too.
Tip #9: Dear Tooth Fairy
If your child's tooth falls out, you could help them write a message or draw a picture for 'The Tooth Fairy', then put it under their pillow with the tooth. You could even write a message or draw a picture back to them (from 'The Tooth Fairy'). Just imagine their wee face when they find it and read it back to you.
Tip #10: Read the letter
Tip #11: Write the letter
Tip #12: Love from... me!
Another fun activity for your child is to write a letter to a relative who lives far away. It doesn’t need to be long - you could even stick to just three sentences - like this: 'Hello Aunty Laura. How are you? I'm doing fine. I made a spaceship out of milk bottles yesterday. Love from Harry.' Your child could then help you send it by social media, email or even go “old school” by post!