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Free kids activities to beat boredom

Being a parent can be great fun. But it can also be challenging, especially when trying to keep them entertained throughout the day. So, here are some tips from other parents like you that can help the day fly by.

Want to unstick them from their screens?

We all know how hard it is to keep the kids away from TVs, phones and tablets! So here are a few other fun ways to keep your child occupied while you get on with things, like cooking dinner.

Tip #1: Device free bedtime

To get your kids off their devices and ready for bed, try letting them read to you to help them drift off quicker. Want more tips to get them yawning?

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Tip #2: Poster play

Finding it hard to get your kids away from their screens? Why not try poster play? Getting them to make a poster of their favourite film or book is a fun way to keep them busy.

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Tip #3: Silly voices

Getting them to read to you in funny voices is a good way to enjoy time together.

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Want to avoid strops at the shops?

When you’re out and about with your child, anything can happen. Huffs and strops can come out of nowhere and that’s why we have lots of ideas from other parents like you to keep them entertained and occupied when you’re in the aisles.

Tip #1: Carrots and custard

Finding everything on your list beginning with 'C' can help keep them busy.

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Tip #2: Bargain hunt

Asking them to help find all the items less than £1 on your list can keep them entertained.

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Tip #3: Supermarket challenge

Tell your child what you’re looking for, then when they find the item you can read the name and check the price together.

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Time to make more time?

It can often feel like there’s never enough time in the day to get everything done, especially when you’re trying to keep your kids occupied from morning to night. But don’t worry, we have a few ideas to help keep them busy and help you get on.

Tip #1: Jungle adventure

Asking what they'd take to the jungle is a fun way to keep them calm.

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Tip #2: Task timer

Time them getting dressed & then challenge them to beat it, working out the difference each day.

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Tip #3: Get them to read to you

You can finish up what you need to, they can practice their reading, and you'll get some nice one-on-one time together.

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Want to make homework less work?

It’s not always easy to get your child to talk about what they've been doing at school. And often even harder to get them to start their homework. But lots of parents have been there before and have a few ideas you can try out.

Need time fillers before tea?

After a long day at school, tiredness and hunger can often turn a happy kid into a grumpy one. So, here are a few tips from other mums and dads to keep you both happy before dinner.

Tip #1: Space Travel

To keep them busy, ask them to write a list of everything they’d need to take for a trip to space and how much they’d need.

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Tip #2: Ready, Steady 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 - with them helping to read the recipe and weighing out ingredients.

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Tip #3: Word Wonder

Just pick a letter, set a timer and see many words they can write or say beginning with that letter in the set time.

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Last updated: 22 Nov, 2019