Are the kids bored again? Stuck on ideas on how to keep them occupied? It’s always tempting to just throw them the iPad in front of Little Miss Hubs to keep her busy- but there are other ways… apparently?
I did a bit of research and from one mum to another, here are some tips I pulled together.
1. Educational Apps
Each home normally has many devices, ranging from smartphones to tablets. Rather than going to war every afternoon, you could consider downloading fun and educational apps which they can learn from.
Now me and Mr Hubs have different views on devices but I found the app Maths, age 4-6 very useful. It’s highly rated and targeted for kids from 4-6, to help them grasp the basic maths through a variety of engaging activities.
Another one we liked was PlayKids- Learn Through Play. It is an award-winning app that is designed to help children develop motor coordination, memory, and pre-kindergarten skills. We purchased this for Master Hubs before he went into school and he loved it. If you can get past the $12.99 price tag, it’s a great tool to use.
2. Finger painting
Finger painting has long been a staple activity for the Hubs. Not only do we all enjoy it, but it’s calming, relaxing and helps with overall childhood development. Finger painting helps children express themselves both creatively and physically. As long as you don’t leave the house while your husband is supervising, this will go down well with the kids.
3. The park
Taking the kids to the park has always been an easy win for our family. We can teach the kids our local area, while meeting new friends and aniamls along the way. Look up your best local parks and walking tracks then reap the benefits.
Jenny Silverstone from Momlovesbest further details the importance of outdoor and physical play for childhood development.
Believe it or not, the library actually offers more than you think. It’s a great bonding activity, while helping your kids refine their reading skills. You can pick up a book to read together, or just let the kids run a muck for a couple hours while you read the paper…. (no not really, that was my husband).
Some local libraries also provide free activity sessions for children, so contact your local library and see what is available.
5. Homemade Playdough
Playdough is a proven winner, its provided our family with endless hours of entertainment while aiding the kids development through sensory play. You can even make your own, try this quick and easy playdough recipe:
2 cups flour
3 tbs cream of tartar
2 cups water
1 cup salt
2 tbs vegetable oil
Food colouring- get creative!
Mix all of the ingredients in a saucepan and stir over medium heat for a few minutes or until the mixture comes together. Let cool, then enjoy! Store the playdough in the fridge inside an airtight container or cling wrap.
6. Learning flashcards
Flashcards are very effective and there is no need to go out and buy a pack. Online and downloadable flash card are plentiful, so you will always have an option. If you’re in a creative mood, make your own flashcards and create a positive experience with card early. Many university students still use flashcards to study, so create the habit early.
There you have it, six top tips from the one and only Mrs Hubs. Have you tried any of these? Let me know what digital tools you’ve used with your kids?