Midterm is looming and you’ve got the kids at home? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! We’ve compiled a list of easy things that you can do with the kids once all the sticky apple making activities are over and you still need a new trick or two to keep them happy and occupied. And guess what, we think you’ll enjoy some of these as much as they will!
Putting our coats on and getting outside for a breath of fresh air is something that our mothers made us do ( probably to tire us out!), and you should do the same with the kids. Encourage them to look for acorns that they can paint or to sit on the garden furniture and read a story with you. Little things like reading a story outside with your coats on can be great fun and seem really magical to them.
Make and Do
This is a large statement we know, so lets break it down a bit! Autumn leaves look great traced over in crayon, but if you want to really engage the kids with an activity they’ll love, think about a make and do that is specific to your home or your family – maybe ask them to make things like bedroom signs for their bedroom door, or to make cards or pretty wrapping paper for someones birthday. Doing things like this often make kids feel involved and is a great way to get them chatting and excited about arts and crafts.
Who knows – you might even have time for a Halloween movie when all the hard grafting is over!
Kids tidy up time
Want to get their room cleaned out? It’s all about how you ask! There are some imaginative ways that they can help you do this – maybe suggest that they collect a box of books or toys that they don’t use anymore, so that it can be given to another child you know or to charity. Doing something worthwhile like this can be a real feelgood activity that you can both do together and it’s a great way to get them to clear up some of the clutter hiding beneath their beds!
Taking out old photo albums is a great way to occupy kids. They’ll want to know why Nanny wore that awful skirt, why people looked strange in 1982 and why you had silly hair when you were ten – so a word to the wise, only take the album out if you have the time to go through it with them, as trust us – there will be a million questions!
Make something together
Thinking back to when we were kids, wasn’t it always the small things we remembered? You don’t need to be a gourmet chef to impress kids, they are as happy with krispie buns as you would be with a night away and a Michelin star meal. Maybe you want to make a frozen smoothie together or brownies, or just the Krispie buns. Whatever the recipe, just have fun!