Autumn is here and soon it will be winter. The nights are getting darker sooner and it’s defiantly colder and wetter. Ok who am I kidding?? Its ALWAYS wet in wales!! When you have kids full of energy being stuck inside, tension can build, the bickering starts..

‘shes breathing on me”he looked at me’  

So here’s some of my top go to idea’s to keep them busy!!  

1. Scavenger Hunt

Make a list of different things around the house that they have to look for, e.g a grey lampshade, a red toothbrush. Have atleast 15-20 items where they have to search the whole house for and whoever comes back first gets a treat.  

2. No Bake Cookie Decorating 

What you need –

  • A packet of digestive biscuits (or any flat surface biscuit you like)
  • Icing sugar
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • Sweets/Edible cake decorations

In small bowls mix up some different colours of icing sugar, give the kids a spoon and some biscuits and leave them to it to decorate their little masterpieces!! These are simple things that most of us have in our kitchen or if you dont, you can get them from any supermarket really cheap!! This activity has kept my children quiet for over an hour enjoying making up different characters out of biscuits.  

3. Crispy Treats

What you need –

  • Cereal (I find rice crispys or cornflakes work best but you could use any cereal!)
  • Chocolate
  • Decorations e.g googly eyes (optional)

Melt the chocolate either in a microwave or on the hob, add the cereal to mix then place into cupcake holders in the fridge to set. Simple and easy!!  

4. Scenery Drawing

Give your child a sketch pad or some paper, sit them in front of the biggest window you have in your home and get them to draw what they see outside. This gets their minds busy, learning skills to take in information and detail.   

5. Finger Painting

You know the score, get the paints out and let them dip and dab!! But why not make it season themed?? Use hand prints as the top of trees, finger tips as flower petals, a footprint as frankenstiens head!! Imagination is endless.   

6. Home Cinema

Get the munchies in, close all the doors and curtains so it’s nice and dark just like the cinema. Turn the volume up and relax!! My children LOVE doing this!!

I hope some of these ideas come in helpfull for you!! If you try them please comment what your children thought of them or if you have any other ideas that you like to do let us mums know!!

Much Love – Mrs Slee-Jones xx 

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