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Guest Post: Keeping The Children Entertained

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post | Posted on 18-09-2014

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Entertaining the kids is a tough task at the best of times but during the school holidays it becomes even more difficult, week after week of having the children with you can be a rewarding experience, but can also leave you tearing your hair out at times in frustration! With that in mind below are a few ideas on how to keep them engaged and happy without having to re-mortgage the house to do it, all ready for half term:

Rainy days

We should know better than to expect days of endless sunshine throughout the summer months & with September well and truly underway it’s good to have a few back-up ideas for when the outdoors is a no-go. Pop down to your local stores or online to check out new dvd releases to keep them entertained chances are you’re more likely to keep them engaged if it’s something they haven’t seen before. Alternatively dust of some old board games if you want to keep them away from the television, they are a great way to get the whole family together.

Let your imagination run free

Create a tent with bedsheets, close the curtains and have your own personal indoor disco, create a treasure hunt around the house or simply sit down for some quality time play time. These are just a few ideas you can use to pass the time. Getting involved creatively through Lego, play-dough or finger-paints is the best way to unleash their (and your own!) inner artiste.

Head to the Park or local playgroup

On the days where the British weather permits, getting out into the fresh air is a great way to let them expand some energy and blow off steam. Swimming classes are a good option for those wanting to get a head start with toddlers or sports teams for slightly older children will offer you some free time for yourself and also enhance their physical and mental wellbeing.

Whatever you chose during the next school break, with a little forward planning and a pinch of patience, the holidays will soon become your most valued time of the month – What are you favourite activities? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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