Entertainment is harder to find these days; and making it affordable is harder With all of the electronics and technology available to kids, it might seem harder to spend quality time with kids without breaking the bank. Although their attention span seems limited to phones and tablets, it is still important to give them attention and interaction. But how do you do that without buying more video games and smartphones?
This is as good a time as any to get back to the basics of entertainment. Even turning TV time into family time is a great way to engage in their lives and help them shape their personalities. The following ideas will help you to keep your kids entertained and will give you shared time together using things you probably already have around the house, so it won’t cause you to go broke trying to make them happy.
Make TV a Learning Experience
Spending time in front of the TV does not have to be a bad thing, and since you likely already have TV in the house, it shouldn’t add any cost to your banking. To make the most of it, talk with your kids about the shows they are watching to make it a learning experience. You can also find channels and programs that help them learn and interact (for information on kid-friendly TV packages and parental controls, visit http://www.saveontvdirect.com/).
A ball. A couple of gloves. That’s all you need to make a game of catch. Going outside for a little bit every day keeps kids active and is a great way to work on their motor skills. Playing anything from catch or frisbee to lawn games is great for engaging with them and teaching them basic athletic skills. To save money, use materials and items around the house to make these fun games and activities.
Fun in the Sun
Take your kids to the beach or a nearby park and have fun building things or playing in the water. If you plan on going to the pool a lot, look into a pool pass to save money for the entire season. This will keep them entertained for hours and will give you a little bit of time to relax as well.
Cook or Bake
Teach your kids how to cook by having them help you cook dinner, or have fun baking and decorating cookies. Kids love hands-on activities, and this is a great way for them to learn basic kitchen techniques. Afterward, you can all eat together and share your fun stories.
Inexpensive Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained at Home
Take the kids out for a bike ride, or let them ride around the neighborhood. Plan out races to do together, or find a place to venture to and explore. Bikes provide great exercise and are fun ways to keep them active.
Kids have wild imaginations, and they should be encouraged. And best of all, it only requires you and/or your kids and a fun story to get going. Letting them play make-believe will keep their creativity alive while entertaining them. Whether you leave them to their own devices or participate, help them to grow their imagination and encourage fun in their “fantasy life” whenever you have the opportunity.
Make Chores Fun
The last thing your kid wants to hear is “chore time.” But if you make it into a game, or challenge them for prizes, it might encourage them to be more helpful around the house. While you have to be careful not to bribe them, you can develop a good reward system that will encourage them to become helpers.
The list of ways to entertain your kids can go on and on, but finding ways to make it affordable is sometimes a challenge. You can easily find resourceful ways to keep your kids entertained at home that won’t cost money. Use your own imagination and you can easily find ways to entertain them and make every opportunity a learning one.
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