Last week we talked about entertaining kids without TV and video games while still allowing you to get things done around the house. You can read part 1 of Entertaining Kids Without TV and Video Games here.
There are even more ways to get your kids involved in “helping” with household chores. Kids can help to set the table, fold napkins and fill cups with ice before dinner.
Even babies and small children can get in on the action. Keep all of your plastic bowls, pots and pans in a cabinet that baby can access. Let him empty the cabinet and engage himself with building and sorting activities at your feet while you cook.
Ask your kids to help you when performing other household chores. When doing laundry, have your child add the measured detergent to the washing machine. Allow him to transfer wet clothes from the washer to the dryer.
Give him a sand bucket or other small container and let him remove a few items from the dryer while you load the clothes into a basket. Have him follow you with his own ‘basket’ while you set out to fold clothes. While folding, have your child play a matching game with the socks, digging through the basket to find all of the pairs.
You can provide your child with lots of fun alternatives to watching television and playing video games. Break out some family board games for older kids and let them play together. Cards, marbles and dominoes can be equally entertaining.
Arts and crafts generally will keep even the fussiest children busy for an hour or so. Stock up on craft items such as popsicle sticks, cotton balls, sequins, beads, feathers, buttons, pasta, paint, markers, crayons, foam, felt, googly eyes, empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls, paper plates, old pizza boxes, socks, yarn, paper bags, etc. Store everything in a large supply box and bring it out once a day to keep your child’s creative juices flowing.
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