When schools are closed, it can be a challenge to keep your kids entertained at home. But there’s more than just paper and pencils on offer to keep your kids entertained.
If you’re working from home, then you’ll be keen to find any way you can play to your kids’ imaginations while you get on with your job.
Reach for your stack of egg cartons and toilet roll tubes and they’ll be building spaceships in no time. But it’s always good to have some child-friendly stationery essentials to hand too.
For little ones, a pack of rainbow coloured crayons and a stack of paper will keep them happy. If you have some A3 paper going spare, cut out pictures from magazines and suggest your child makes up a story by sticking them on a big sheet.
For the older ones, try some craft paper in vivid colours. Have your children ever tried origami? Now could be the time to start. They could also make pop-up greetings cards for friends.
If they are nifty with their hands they could design their own dinosaurs or dragons – just make sure there is enough double-sided sticky tape to go round.
If there’s a budding fashion designer or inventor in your brood, ask them to draw their creations and annotate them, just so you understand. (Double-sided sticky tape, or Blu-tack is handy for displaying stuff).
Kids love making up stories about imaginary characters. Or one you know that longs in secret to be a songwriter. Tap into that talent.
And for the older child who spends the summer hols doodling and sketching, make this one memorable by presenting them with a proper sketchbook and a set of graphic pens. You’re acknowledging that they have something special and it will make a great record of their progress.
You probably have got together a host of bits and bobs to bring out once the summer holidays start. But you’ll be surprised at how you can use some household bits to have a bit of fun.
However long the schools and colleges are closed and you have the kids at home for, we hope you can use these suggestions to make working from home easier for you – and more fun for them.