Ten boredom-busting activities that beat TV
“Mum, I’m soooo bored! Bored! BORED! Can we watch TV?” Regardless of how many toys and games kids have, the lure of TV is strong – and the temptation for us to hand over the remote to get some quiet-time is even stronger.
But while TV is great as an occasional treat, it’s by no means an actual activity and won’t do a whole lot for your child’s development. Get your kids off the couch and into one of these 10 fab kids’ games and activities that will not only help them learn, but will be so distracting they’ll totally forget about The Simpsons!
1) Get Crafty
Kids love craft. Not only will some glue, paper and crayons ban your littlie’s boredom and silence the call of the TV, craft encourages creativity and co-ordination too. Check out:
Check out fun crafts:
2) Read a book
Don’t forget the age-old activity of reading as a TV alternative. Not only does story-time support further reading down the track, it will ignite your little’s imagination and creative thinking too.
Best kids’ books
3) Have an indoor picnic
The perfect TV alternative for a rainy afternoon is an indoor picnic. Simply pop down a blanket, get out the plastic cups and plates, serve up some yummy treats and use teddies as stand ins for extra guests.
Cute picnic ideas and treats
4) Make play dough
Play dough is nothing but unrestrained creative squishiness – far more appealing than a repeated episode of Dora! Here’s how you can make your own at home:
Great play dough recipes
5) Go on a treasure hunt
Want to perk up your bored bunch? Excite them with a treasure hunt! It’s super easy and best of all, kids will be nowhere near the television. Remember any Easter egg hunt idea can easily be modified for any time of the year.
Great treasure hunt ideas
6) Book a playdate
When kids are among kids the drive to watch TV dramatically lessons – and they certainly won’t be bored! Plus, play dates improve social skills and help your child make lifelong friendships.
Fab playdate hints for parents
7) Help out with chores
“Ha!” you say! But in all seriousness, getting the kids to help out around the house can be achieved – especially if you turn housework into a game. Here’s some ideas:
Ways to make housework fun for kids
8) Get into cooking
Kids love getting their fingers dirty in the kitchen which makes cooking one of the greatest television diversions ever! Check out these easy recipes your mini masterchef will love to make.
Kids’ cooking recipes and inspiration
- Make nutella fairy bread
- Easy pita pizzas
- Cupcakes to decorate
- Simple cheesy scones
- Basic pancakes
- More easy (yummy) recipes for kids to cook
9) Throw a tea party
A fancy tea party is a bit more upscale than going on an indoors picnic, and sure to delight any bored little princesses. Set up a table fit for her guests (which can be siblings, friends, you, dolls - or even imaginary friends!) and serve up some juice as ‘tea’ and some yummies. What TV?
A perfect tea party menu
10) Hold a puppet show
Banish boredom by acting out stories with a puppet show. Your kids can even re-enact their favourite TV shows or movies if they like – but there’s little chance they’ll want to.
Make some fun puppets
(And lastly) Nothing!
Boredom can be good for kids. Rather than letting the television do all the thinking for them, a decent “I’m bored!” patch can help fire up imaginations and teach kids to think up fun for themselves. And let’s face it – whatever they come up with is sure to be more entertaining than the TV anyway!
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This article was written by Lauren Rowland for Kidspot