Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Keeping the kids busy indoors

We are now in week three of the summer holidays here and the weather has thrown a spanner in the works!  Its rain, rain and more rain... not quite the glorious August I had hoped.  It’s restricted our plans slightly as although you can go out and jump in muddy puddles to let off steam my boys at seven and nine don’t seem to have the same enthusiasm for that anymore!  It’s a real struggle to motivate them to leave the comfort of the indoors (and the proximity to their screens!!!).  I do get fed up of hearing I'm BORED!

With no sign of the heat wave it’s back to the drawing board and thinking about fun things to do indoors.  We have a mini making and baking section on the blog but it could really do with more ideas being added, especially as it’s not really the time of year for making snow or brownie Santa hats.  I also have some centred around Easter like making chocolate eggs, waxy eggs and Easter nests.  Plus there is only so much colouring in they will do... (so time to rack my brain!).

Create a Treasure Hunt
Our house is certainly big enough for an activity like this and the boys love finding things.  You could leave a trail of cryptic clues to keep them guessing and then a small prize as a welcome incentive at the end.
Dust off the breadmaker
My boys really like pizza, using one of the Panasonic Bread Makers you can easily prepare the dough then give them free reign to prep their pizza’s however they like!  It’s harder for younger children to knead dough but with the right equipment doing the challenging work they can still enjoy the rest of the experience!  Children can switch off if things take too long but with a bread maker speeding things up they should stay engaged and interested in the activity.
Water Beads
This is one activity that seems to have passed us by.  But the boys still like making “magic” potions with the contents of my kitchen cupboards so I think they would still enjoy this type of sensory activity – although make sure very young children don’t eat them!  You can make a themed sensory tub (for example sea life) or even add them to bath time.
Scientific Experiments
After our mud volcano the boys are keen to try out more experiments.  These can easily be done indoors.  I quite like the idea of making an invisible ink message!  You only need lemon juice and water, then when it’s dried and you want to see you message again you put the paper close to a flame (but not close enough it bursts into flames!!!).  My boys like the spy theme so this would appeal to their inquisitive natures.

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