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How to keep kids entertained at home

Contrary to popular belief, entertaining kids doesn’t always have to involve going out. You can still keep your kids entertained at home if you use your creativity and resources at home.

There are loads of ideas for entertaining kids at home, particularly if you have a good space outside you can use as well. For example, if you have a huge garden, you might want to consider buying a trampoline. Buying a trampoline in San Antonio, Texas is easy because there are plenty of retailers that offer trampolines in all sizes and shapes. Not only will your kids have something to do, but they can also stay physically active while having fun in the sun.

If you don’t have access to a garden or outdoor space though, you might consider setting up an indoor play area. You could buy some toys, and a tent, and create your own little play area in the living room. This will give your kids a chance to be creative and explore their imagination without having to leave the house.

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Below are more fun ideas on how to keep things entertained at home:

Have a movie marathon and make popcorn

Movie marathons are a great way for you and your kids to have quality time together at home. You can pick out some of the classic movies all generations love, like The Wizard of Oz or Mary Poppins, or go for something from their favourite franchise, like Pokemon or Harry Potter. Not only do you get to watch lots of fun films with your kids, but you can make popcorn as you’re watching!

It’s a simple snack to prepare yet still adds a special experience to what is already sure to be an awesome movie marathon. So don’t hesitate; grab some popcorn kernels, butter, and maybe even extra seasoning – it’s time to have a movie party with your kids!

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If you want your own popcorn holders for the movie marathon – check the ones out on our site. They are free to download.

2. Create an obstacle course

Creating an obstacle course at home is a great way to keep the kids entertained! It’s an activity that encourages physical activity, helps to develop their balance and coordination skills, and provides hours of fun. Set up obstacles inside or outside — like mats for slithering under, tires for hopping through, chairs for limboing over, boxes for balancing on — anything you can find around the house.

Involve the children in creating the course so it will be even more enjoyable! As an added bonus, it will also help them learn problem-solving skills as they figure out how to manoeuvre their way through each obstacle. So why not give it a try? With a little imagination and some items around the house, you can have your own homemade obstacle course in no time.

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Again, because we are awesome, we have our very own indoor obstacle course ideas for you too. Have a go, and let us know how you get on.

3. Have a scavenger hunt

Keeping kids entertained at home can be quite a challenge, but one of the best ways to get them up and active is by having a scavenger hunt. We have a few on the site for you to choose from as well. These fun games will likely bring out the curious side of your children as they explore their environment for items that meet specific criteria. It’s also something the whole family can enjoy together, and you’ll have much more meaningful conversations than if everyone was just watching TV!

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Scavenger hunts provide many educational opportunities too. Ask your kids to look for objects that are various shapes, colours, or sizes to build problem-solving skills, or look for items related to different letters and numbers for alphabet or math learning. And if it’s raining outside? Create an indoor scavenger hunt with clues in each room of your house, ensuring hours of entertainment and exploration.

4. Organise a game night

Organising a game night for your kids can be an effective way to keep them happily occupied in the comfort of your home. What about these tips for a family games night? Have them choose their own activities and come up with creative ideas while having fun. Chess, board games, video games, puzzles, card games, and simple drawing competitions are all great options to keep the competitive juices flowing!

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No matter what activity you choose, the most important thing is that your family spends quality time together and has fun doing it. With a little bit of imagination and creativity, you can keep things entertained at home with ease!

5. Try some of our printables for an afternoon of fun!

We know we are biased, but why not check out all the ideas and activities that we have on KiddyCharts too. There is so much for you to choose from both for free in our printables section, or if you join the site within our shop. Remember, join the shop, and 90% of our printables are free!

If you are after something a little bit more structured, check out some of our daily challenges, from the 31 days of kids colouring, to 31 days of learning activities, there really is something for everyone!

Keeping children entertained at home can be a challenge, but with a little imagination, creativity, and the help of KiddyCharts, you can make it an enjoyable experience for everyone. Holding a movie marathon, creating an obstacle course, organising game nights, and having scavenger hunts are all great ways to have quality time together. So why not give some of these ideas a try?

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We would love to see you on the site again soon. If you aren’t sure about what else we have for you, check out some of these activities and ideas for kids for indoor entertainment too:

Indoor Activities for kids

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Other indoor activities for kids

We have loads of ideas for indoor activities, but so do other fantastic sites too - here are a selection from them too.

Thanks, as always, for coming to see us, and we hope you nip over and come see what we have for you again soon.

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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