July 11, 2017
Do you ever find that your nanny children/ children come up to you and say ‘I’m bored’ or do you ever find it hard coming up with ideas to keep them occupied whilst at home. Do you find yourself reaching for the latest device or turning on the television in the hope that this will keep them happy for the next 20 minutes?
Coming up with ideas for how to keep children happy and occupied can be difficult. This is especially the case now more than ever, as we have access to some amazing technology that simply is capable of doing the job for us.
Allowing your children to watch the television or play on a device or tablet is allowed and there is nothing wrong with that, however it is not ideal to do this all the time.
We have come up with 10 top activities for your nanny children/ children to enjoy, and even better, they’re completely SCREEN FREE!
An activity that is generally loved by all. With the correct adult supervision, all are able to get involved. Children are able to master new skills and it may even become a frequent hobby. You don’t have to be an excellent baker all you need to do is follow a recipe and see what you can create. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t turn out perfect first time or if it is completely inedible, all that matters is that children have fun and enjoy some time away from the screen. There is an unending amount of recipes that can be made. Muffins, cakes, cookies or breads the list is endless. Grab a cookery book and your aprons, have a flick through and see what takes your fancy!
Reading doesn’t have to just be for bed time. Children love to read and it is important for when they are at school to ensure success. It is also an activity that engages them and is fun and imaginative. If your child is old enough, let them have a go at reading to you. Another great activity to try is having a go at creating your own stories. Put imaginations to the test and see who can create the best story.
Another great activity to help pass the time is by playing with Play Dough. When you can’t think of anything else to do, Play Dough is the perfect thing to reach for. Hours of fun to be had making various shapes, animals and creations. An excellent activity for children of all ages.
To be even more creative, why not have a go at making your own play dough from scratch. Here is a simple recipe that you can follow to create your very own fun squashy, bouncy dough:
All measurements are in cups. For example: Salt X1 = Salt X1 cup
Easy and simple to make and allows children to participate!
When the weather is warmer and you find yourself stuck for things to do, go for a walk. If this doesn’t sound appealing to your children, make it an adventure. Head to the woods or the seaside and see what discoveries you can find. Set up a little treasure hunt of things you think you may find. This is a great way to transform a boring walk, into an exciting adventure!
When the weather is not looking good and you are stuck in doors, a cosy fort is the perfect thing to build. Grab all the cushions and blankets you can find, and start creating.
Children love to play and even more with a friend. Arrange for one of your children’s friends to come round and play. Children tend to put down the screen, turn off the television and play various games when their friends are round.
Before screens were invented, games and puzzles were played for entertainment. Now a days, board games are played on devices and you are unable to see who you are playing. To encourage less screen time, have a go at introducing your nanny children/ children to some classic games such as Guess Who, Connect 4 or even to a pack of cards. A deck of cards are so versatile and lots of games can be played. You may even find that they actually prefer playing them in person, rather than virtually.
If you want your nanny children to have a short break from a screen, colouring is a fantastic activity for them. Colouring is therapeutic and relaxing and allows you to focus the mind on something else.
There is always opportunities for crafts. Many household recycling objects can be reused to create something else, for example, an old egg box or plastic bottle. Take some time away from the screen and set up a craft project. Perfect to keep little ones occupied for a long amount of time. Put you creative minds to the test and see what you come up with.
Weather permitted, the garden is always a fun for children to run around burning off some excess energy. Lots of garden activities and games to choose from that are certain to provide fun.
So, when you hear the words: ‘I’m bored’ or ‘I would rather just watch television’ or ‘play on the computer’, don’t feel like you always have to say ‘yes’. These are some great alternatives to provide entertainment for children, and even better, they are screen free!
Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017