The prospect of spending an entire weekend at home with the kids can be daunting if you’re not prepared. How are you going to keep them entertained? Will you be able to get any work done at all?
Don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to stay productive and have fun with the family when, for some reason or another, you’re stuck at home for a few days. Here are four ideas of how you can balance home fun with household chores.
- Prepare your home for spring
Admittedly, getting your home ready for spring is not the most exciting activity, but if you approach it with an open mind, both you and your children can have a fun time.
Of course, there are certain things you should take charge of – when it comes to how to remove mould and mildew from walls, there is not much your kids can do – but while you tackle dirt, mould, and other nasties, your kids can go through their old toys and sort out what they don’t use anymore or see which clothes no longer fit.
At the end of the day, you can all reward yourselves, watch a film together and order pizza into your tidy and clean new home. Cleaning and throwing out old stuff can feel cathartic and your kids will enjoy having more space to play too.
If you find getting little ones to pull their weight with the chores is difficult then look for gadgets and gizmos that give them a helping hand and make these activities more fun. From devices to encourage kids to flush the toilet to ways to turn cleaning tasks into fun games, you’ll find plenty of inspiration online.
- Try fun new recipes
A day at home is the perfect opportunity to try out new recipes that might take you longer to prepare than the usual 30 minutes in the evening and require more exotic ingredients than you tend to experiment with.
You and your kids can prepare a healthy three-course dinner together – or, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you could try something more fun and unusual such as healthy DIY ice cream or making your own slushies at home.
- Get crafty
Arts and crafts make time fly by, and getting crafty allows you to repurpose all kinds of old magazines and cardboard that you would usually just give away to recycle. All you need is a big surface, lots of paper, watercolours, pens, glue and some kid-friendly scissors.
Whether it’s drawing, building a collage, or trying a more conventional modern approach to art – your kids’ imagination is the limit. Providing you supervise them with anything potentially dangerous (such as scissors) this is something the little ones can do while you get on with other jobs.
- Build a fort
Few things are cosier than an indoor fort. There is a reason that kids and adults alike are fascinated by the prospect of constructing a massive indoor shelter – and it’s a great way to pass the time.
Make some space in your living room, collect all your pillows and blankets, and build one gigantic fort with the help of tables and chairs. This is especially great for a rainy day at home – who needs outdoors camping when you can sit up pitch in your living room?
Once you’re done, turn on the fairy lights and have a reading and cuddling session or even a movie night on your laptop in your very own blanket castle.
With these tips, a weekend with the kids will be a blast for you and them!