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How to keep kids busy at home with activities

Updated on August 15, 2011
What will you do with your child to keep them entertained?
What will you do with your child to keep them entertained?

How many times have you heard the words "I'm bored" coming from your child? When you think about it, it’s not actually their fault that they get bored so quickly.  Parents seldom spend any time in planning or preparing activities to keep kids busy.  Unlike teachers who spend time planning on what they will use to keep the kids busy.

If you find that even after buying them that nice Nintendo DSi, Wii or Sony PS3, they still complain of being bored then you really ought to consider looking at how you can keep them busy and entertained, it is imperative that their inquisitive minds are kept active and this desire to continuously learn and do things is maintained and nurtured.   

Depending on the age you could provide the kids with craft materials, reading and writing activities, involve them in cooking or baking sessions that will entertain them and keep the bored kids busy, therefore no longer feeling boredom.

So what can you do to keep kids busy?

There are many ways to keep those bored kids occupied and interested in activities, starting with the simplest arts and crafts. Usually suited to 8yrs and younger, there are also some arts and crafts available for the over 8’s too.

Kids crafts essential materials include paper (and believe me you’ll need lots of it), crayons, safe scissors, glue and glitter. Papers for art and crafts can include construction paper, plain typing paper, cardstock of various colours, and many other options, you can even be inventive and reuse many of the packaging from finished groceries or even junk mail and old magazines can make interesting art projects. There are many types of crayons, paints and colouring pencils these are nice for younger children you can usually pick up cheaper versions from Poundland stores which are filled with numerous options, such as washable dry-erase markers, water colour pencils, and gel pens. Kid’s crafts supplies can be expensive, but you can also enjoy it on a budget as there are many options.

Keeping children busy is a dilemma that most parents have deal with, so here’s another good idea. Children like being active and they love participating in doing things. One of the most enjoyable activities to keep your children busy is to either cook or bake at home.

I would recommend that you find a recipe for something simple like baking chocolate brownies or cooking a simple dish like Chilli herb shrimp. Making sure that you allow them to do as much of the work as possible – for example get them to:

Always keep them occupied..to keep alive the inquisitive mind
Always keep them occupied..to keep alive the inquisitive mind

These activities will help to keep kids busy and enable them to learn new skills which will go a long way in developing their brains and thinking. It allows them to gain problem solving, planning and money management skills along with their ability to cook or bake.

So many activities can be planned and carried out to keep kids busy that they will never complain of being bored again, I’ve just listed a few simple activities. All it takes is some thinking and planning on behalf of the parent or parents.

Spend time with your kid’s now help them become better people, before you lose them to computer games and their friends. Because once they reach a certain age they’d prefer to spend time surfing the net, playing with their friends or even playing on the PS3 or Wii rather than spending time with you.

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    • mecheshier profile image

      mecheshier 

      6 years ago

      You have that right! As said for centuries: Money is the root of all evil.

    • Zubair Ahmed profile imageAUTHOR

      Zubair Ahmed 

      6 years ago

      You know why they don't, it's because everyone is busy either chasing a career or more wealth. What they fail to realise is that the biggest and best wealth to any parent is his/her children.

    • mecheshier profile image

      mecheshier 

      6 years ago

      You are welcome. I think that is great. So many people do not spend time doing projects or special events like tea parties with their kids.

    • Zubair Ahmed profile imageAUTHOR

      Zubair Ahmed 

      6 years ago

      Hi Mecheshier,

      Thankyou so much for reading and the feedback most appreciated. I try to keep my kids active through setting them projects. It gives the chance to learn planning and see how it can benefit them.

      All the best

    • mecheshier profile image

      mecheshier 

      6 years ago

      This is a great Hub, I am surprised no-one has commented. It is such an important subject. When a child is not active or learning something, that is when they get into trouble. This rings true all the way through high school. Do anything and everything to keep them busy and active.

      I love your idea on have the children make lists for future projects. This is a wonderful idea. There is inner action and anticipation for future products.

      Thanks for sharing this fabulous post. Voted up for useful and awesome.

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