So, in an attempt not to hemorrhage money this summer, I thought I'd rack my brains for those times when my children have enjoyed themselves, and it hasn't cost me a penny. Here's my top five:
1. Let them make a 'potion'
Give the kids a bowl or jar and (almost) free reign to put what they like into it. When it's complete, decant the potion into a used water bottle and 'voila' your very own 'marvellous medicine'. It will be disgusting but you will get at least 30 minutes peace.
Warning: Before you attempt this - make sure you've put the good stuff away or your favourite hand cream is going to go missing (as I discovered here).
2. Funny face drawing game
|Beautiful - no?|
Double warning this can get very silly, very quickly - watch out for the addition of "wee and poo" to the character that you've worked so very hard to render accurately.
3. Tickets Please!
This is a much loved game in our family (read more here). We play it using our slide - but you don't need a slide to do it! Here's how it works:
- You are the ticket inspector - it is your job to inspect your child's 'ticket' (real or imaginary, either will do) and decide whether they are allowed to pass (down the slide in our case).
- You never, ever allow your child to pass on the first go. You must inspect the ticket, then explain in outraged voice why you cannot let them pass because their ticket is out of date / for a different mode of transport / poo-stained.
- Once you decide to let them pass, you must let them think they've got away with it before exclaiming "Hey! That ticket says Mickey Mouse / is a used chip wrapper / is poo-stained!"
- You then chase them around the house / garden / park until they are back at the start.
4. Shout at your children in a foreign accent
This game started in our family when we found ourselves stuck in a caravan with no tv on a very wet day. Having become frustrated at the children's failure to listen to me shouting at them not to play with the pull-out bed, I thought I'd give it a go whilst using a German accent (and the handful of German words that I know). It resulted in unexpected hilarity and gave us a welcome respite from playing Uno for the 130th time.
Note: You don't need to speak a second / third / fourth (okay, okay uber-talented linguist) language to succeed in this game, but you do need to shout it like you believe it.
5. If all else fails.....give them an Argos catalogue
|Who needs the internet |
when you've got one of these?
Warning: You need one per child or all out war will start. No-one wants to be given the furniture section whilst the other one gets the toys....
Well those are my top five - perhaps not quite enough to get us all the way through the holidays but it's a start - if you've got anymore let me know!
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