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7 Tips: How to entertain your kids at home

Anna Lavfors

Updated April 23, 2021

Does the climbing frame or the child-friendly museum not feel appropriate at the moment? When the kids are restless and bouncing off the walls, it's always a good idea to have some activities for them prepared in advance. Puzzles, games or other arts and crafts can let the kids (and the parents at home with them) exercise their energy to avoid excess boredom and a crummy mood.

7 Tips: How to entertain your kids at home

1. Get busy with some engaging arts and crafts.

When you really sink your teeth into creating or building something the hours can just fly by before you know it. The great thing about arts and crafts is that they work for all ages.

Pixelhobby Pixel Mosaic Fox

Pixelhobby

For those who enjoy crafts with minimalistic, small pixels, Pixelhobby is just perfect. Create your own look and designs or start with some templates and create everything from keychains to mini-boards.

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Hama Beads Midi Beads Giant Open Gift Box 3063

Mini-Beads

Arts and crafts with mini-beads are a classic choice for those who enjoy a splash of colour. All that's needed is some beads, a plate and a flat iron!

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Aquabeads Beginners Studio

Aquabeads

Aquabeads are almost the same as regular beads, however the harden with water instead of a hot iron.

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2. Pass some time with drawing and colouring

Some kids are drawn to colours and pens all on their own. For those who need a little inspiration, exploring still life images or trying to draw the children's favourite book or movie characters.

Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Animals Water Reveal Pad

Smudge-free colouring for the little ones

When the smallest one in the family wants to draw or paint, care should always be taken before, during and afterwards, but this can easily be avoided with colouring books used with water.

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SES Creative Rock Painting Kit

Paint a rock

One way to kick off arts and crafts time outdoors is by finding the perfect rock, children are of course the de-facto experts of this. Then all you have to do is take the rock home and paint it!

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Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour 10 Set

Watercolours are timeless

All you need is some good paper, a box of paints and a brush to set aside some time for some fantasy-filled painting!

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3. Build on the table and floor

Building is a wonderful time-killer that can occupy loads of time over a few days or weeks because who really decides when your creation is ready and playtime is over?

Micki Building Rods Natural Wood 200pcs

Classic wooden blocks

Wooden blocks have been around for as long as anyone can remember and they are truly a timeless part of building houses towers and many more.

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Plus Plus Mini Basic 1200pcs

Plus Plus

For those who haven't seen the fantastic colours of Plus Plus before, there awaits a whole world full of building and creation. Plus Plus also makes versions for small children that are very safe and non-swallowable.

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Lego Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698

Play with some Lego

"There's nothing to do!", "Well why don't you play with some Lego?" - this is a classic conversation had by many kids and their parents. However, there's a reason for this, Lego is fantastic!

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4. Turn your bathtub into a swimming pool

Water toys are always really fun, so being able to entertain your little ones while giving them a good wash is a bonus!

Munchkin Bath Crayons

Bath Crayons

Writing or drawing on the walls is something you should never do... unless you're in the bathtub and are using bath crayons!

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Slime Baff 150g

Bathe in slime

Having a slime bath is an idea that is simply irresistible for many kids, this is however much nicer than actually bathing in a tub full of slime.

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Skip Hop Zoo Stack & Pour Buckets 5-Pack

Bath toy classics

You don't need anything too fancy to scoop up mini-buckets of water with, a plastic or plexi-glass bowl works just fine! Add a mini-shovel or two, some bubbles and let the kids pretend they're in their own ice-cream café.

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5. Share some screen-time together

The more the merrier is the name of the game, so let the adults and kids gather together around the TV to play some of the best multiplayer games out there!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart

Play with up to 8 players and compete to see who the best Mario Kart racer in the family is!

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Kirby Star Allies

Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo Switch)

Gather up to 4 players in a team and work together through challenges in this gorgeous, fantasy-filled world.

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LittleBigPlanet 3

Little Big Planet (PlayStation 4)

Explore this expansive mini-world as Sackboy and his friends in a game that is equal parts engaging as it is fun.

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6. Play a game together

When it comes to older kids, those of pre-school age or perhaps even a bit younger, playing games with some physical activity is often the best bet.

Hasbro Twister

Twister

This classic game will have you falling over in laughter as you try to contort yourself to match all the positions on the Twister board.

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Rat Trap

Rat trap

A game that is equally likely to have you laughing as it is to create a bit of rivalry - who touched the trap?!

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Ideal Mr. Bucket

Ideal Mr. Bucket

A fun game with a lot of character - roll out the mat and be ready with your shovel to catch the balls!

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7. Create figurines and worlds with plasticine and clay

Create all kinds of three-dimensional wonders with different types of clay or plasticine. Some can be used again and again and others can be hardened by placing it in the oven to create a new piece of jewellery or a toy.

Spin Master Kinetic Sand Sandcastle Set

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic sand has a very unique feel to it; dry and damp simultaneously. As long as you store it properly after each use, it'll give you many years of quality entertainment.

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Play-Doh Starter Set

Play-Doh

Play-Doh is a true classic that comes in a wide array of colours and forms with accessories that let you shape the plasticine into everything from food and ice-cream to animals and flowers.

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