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What to do with your children at home

When staying at home for the holidays with your children, every parent dreads hearing these words: “I’m bored!” Keeping your children occupied can feel like a full-time job, so here are some tips on fun activities you can do together as a family.

When staying at home for the holidays with your children, every parent dreads hearing these words: “I’m bored!”
Keeping your children occupied can feel like a full-time job, so here are some tips on fun activities you can do together as a family.

Family games night
Getting the whole family together around a board game is not only fun but can help build healthy skills. Several board games teach not only a healthy sense of competition but teach a valuable skill as well. Try playing a game of family favourite Monopoly with your children, but substitute the value of the money with real money.

Playing the game with real money changes the way children play, as the money they use to play with suddenly has real value. By playing it like this, you can teach your children valuable financial skills and enforce the idea of spending wisely.

The family play
The creativity of children is endless. You can channel this creative energy by having your children host a play for a family. Give the children a theme and watch as they get to work on their own script.

As the excitement builds, you can help them with putting together a stage with décor and make your wardrobe available for them to play dress up.
Put this all together with popcorn and sit back and enjoy.

Explore the garden
Your garden is alive with plants and animals. In every part, there is the opportunity to see more and learn about the various plants and animals. The internet has only made this easier.

Take up your inner explorer with your children and see what you can find in the garden. When one of your children discovers something new, take the time to try and identify it. Children can learn a lot by finding out what something is and learning more about what makes it tick.

Invent a game
While old classics such as tag and hide and seek can be fun, after hours of playing they can become repetitive. This is the opportunity to create a game that’s your family’s very own. The different things you can do are endless. Should it be based around a ball game, is there a learning aspect or is it something completely different?

Children should play the main part in putting together the game so it plays exactly as they want it to. One thing to make sure of is that the rules of the game are clear before starting to avoid potential disagreements.

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