Stuck for ways to make your home entertaining? Lucky for you, here are some ideas we prepared earlier. Go on, try them all home. We dare you.
1. Scavenger Hunt
But it’s no ordinary scavenger hunt! Develop their comprehension of adjectives (while making it fun) while keeping them in pursuit of specific items around the house or backyard. Multiple kids at play? Try a rule that unique items score more points and get them to reflect on their choice, explaining how their item relates to the chosen adjective.
Get started with this list:
- Something small
- Something soft
- Something rough
- Something colourful
- Something natural
- Something silly
- Something delicious
- Something scented
2. Bake Off
Get them involved in cooking (and eating) an easy yet delicious treat. Better yet, it serves as a way to teach measurements and fractions in the ingredients list. Try nutritionist Jess Sepel’s kid-friendly and nutritionally balanced banana bread, slices or cookies. Piece. Of. Cake. (Almost.)
3. Feeling Trivial
Play for points or treats with at-home trivia. Depending on their age, theme the questions or gear it towards learning with topics like Australian history. Lists of kid-friendly trivia questions are just a Google away!
4. Make Up A Game
One of our staffer’s faves to play with her kids: write down all the animals you can think of and put them in a hat. Let everyone pick 3 animals and draw a new creature combining their features.
Just think Napoleon Dynamite's Liger...
5. Taste Test
Host a taste testing challenge of salty, sweet and savoury everyday foods - it works with whatever is in the cupboard or fridge, but you could equally get adventurous by stocking up on exotic produce at your local market. Start by covering their eyes with a makeshift blindfold and asking them to sample food flavours and textures, from coconut to vegemite and avocado. Ask them to describe the taste before they tell you their final answer. Most correct answers win!
6. Construction Zone
Start a lego competition with who can build the quickest or biggest masterpiece. The goal is up to you. We all know how fiddly lego can be, so this is sure to keep them distracted for at least a couple of emails. But don’t forget to finish with the dismantling-lego-and-putting-it-all-away competition.