If entertaining your kids seems to take up most of your budget, it’s time to rethink your strategy. While it’s nice to invest in some special activities throughout the year, you’ll want to find budget-friendly ways of keeping your kids occupied too. Of course, given the on-going lockdown restrictions, you’ll need fun and low-cost ways to entertain the kids at home too. For inspiration, take a look at these free or frugal ways to keep your kids entertained:
Camp in the Garden
If you already have camping gear, you’re all set for an adventure in the garden. While many campsites are currently closed, you can enjoy the great outdoors in your own backyard. With a campfire to toast marshmallows and sleeping bags to keep you warm, camping in the garden can be just as fun as heading out into the wilderness – and a whole lot more convenient!
Play with Animals
If you have pets, you can keep kids entertained by giving them a list of tricks to teach your dog or a selection of games to play with the cat. Teaching kids how to care for their pets is an important lesson and you may even be able to tick one or two things off your list of chores.
For older kids, being able to walk the dog alone is a great way to encourage them to be independent. Take a look at this handy article if you want to learn how to monitor your child’s location easily. By using apps to check-in with your kids, you can ensure they’re safe while letting them have a little more freedom.
Go for a Picnic
When indoor attractions are closed, there aren’t many things you can do outside your home. However, a picnic is an easy way to encourage kids to be more active. Take a ball to your local park, put some warm clothes on stay socially distanced and enjoy an alfresco lunch as a family.
Have a Movie Night
If you’re feeling tired at the end of a long week, a movie night is the perfect form of family entertainment. Let your kids pick the film and settle down for an evening of action, comedy or drama. Get into your PJs early and have some snacks at the ready to make the most of your relaxed night in.
Arrange a Virtual Party
If you’re worried that your child’s social life has been curtailed this year, you aren’t alone. However, virtual events are a great way to stay in touch with people you aren’t able to see face-to-face. From virtual discos to online dinners, you can catch up with friends and extended family via video chats. Just make sure you have enough free data available and you’re good to go.
Plan an Entertainment Budget
Keeping kids entertained can feel like a full-time job, but you needn’t blow your budget in order to keep youngsters busy.
By creating an entertainment budget and asking your kids how they’d like to spend it, you can help them to learn about managing money while also encouraging them to think of fun activities they’d like to try.
Here are some other ideas you might want to do:
- impromptu fashion show
- pizza making
- make your own search word puzzle!
- complete quizzes together using Kahoot
- surprise them with a room makeover