You’d think that once the summer holidays are over and your kids are back in school that the phrase "I’m bored" would be uttered less often. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Once they’ve caught their breath and finished their homework, aside from "I want a snack", it’s the next most commonly used phrase. Here are some tips on keeping the kids entertained with some afterschool activities.
What about helping them make their own snacks? Healthy ideas include blueberry muffins, flapjacks or pancakes and the great thing is that you don’t need to buy a cookbook to find a recipe, simply look them up online. Kids love helping out in the kitchen and as long as it’s safe, it’s a great way to help them become more independent. Just imagine, one day they’ll be old enough and capable enough to cook YOU dinner!
Let Off Some Steam
Whether you decide to kick a ball around, play a game of tag or have a dance-off, you’ll all appreciate letting off some steam. We all know exercise is important for your health, but it will also improve everyone’s mood and make the kids sleep better at night. Another benefit is that it’s a great way to get your steps in if you’re keeping count.
There’s nothing wrong with some screen time after a long day and once it gets dark earlier, snuggling on the couch together with drinks and snacks is a lovely way to bond as a family. Disney classics can be enjoyed again and again and no doubt you’ll be taken back to your own childhood. Having a regular afternoon movie on a certain day of the week will be something you’ll all look forward to.
Colour Me Pink!
While painting is great it’s also a little messy, so the easy alternative is to get the crayons out and do some colouring. Fortunately, if you want to join in you no longer have to spend your afternoon staring at cartoon characters, there are many adult colouring books available so you can enjoy winding down at the same time as the kids.
Being Bored Is Good For You!
Finally, believe it or not, many experts agree that it’s good for kids to be bored. It’s not your job to keep them entertained 24/7 and they’re quite capable of making up their own games. Let them enter the land of make-believe and you might get a chance to enjoy a cup of tea in peace!