Top Fun Activities to Do at Home with the Kids (That Won’t Ruin the House)

If you’re a mother, you’ve probably faced this challenge at some point: it’s raining, you can’t go outside, but you’ve just cleaned your perfectly set up home and it actually doesn’t look like a mess for once. But you need to entertain the kids, so how do you do that without trashing the entire house again or getting paint on your new wallpaper? Don’t worry, here are five fun activities you can do at home with the kids, that won’t ruin the house and aren’t just sitting in front of the TV.

Fort Building

Fort building is an all-time classic activity, and while it might sound messy, it can actually be an excellent and easy to clear up activity. Grab all the chairs, couches, blankets, duvets and cushions you can find and construct a secret sanctuary. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even throw up some fairy lights and have a little movie night inside with some popcorn.

Magic Tricks

Magic tricks may not be the first thing that springs to mind, but they are actually an easy, fun and engaging activity, especially for older kids, providing hours of fun. The main obstacle that stands in the way of most people is a lack of knowledge on how to do the magic tricks, but that’s okay, you don’t need to be a professional magician. With sites like Rebel Magic, you can find easy to follow tutorials that’ll keep your kids entertained for hours.

Reading

Reading is a classic quiet and non-messy activity for kids. Reading rates are declining in children, which isn’t great, because reading has been shown to actually help children’s brains to develop faster, allowing them to express themselves better, develop their creativity and sense of imagination, as well as helping them academically. If your kids are a bit older, they might want to take out their own books from the library and read by themselves, but for younger kids, reading with their parents can be a great way to encourage a love of books and keep them entertained.

Origami

More for older kids (but the younger ones can still have fun) origami is an ancient Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes or figures. Pro origami artists can create huge sculptures such as dragons and swans, but there is also a lot of fun to be had with beginners. You can buy origami sets online that teach kids how to make basic figures such as frogs and birds.

Dance Party

Stick on some tunes, perhaps some throwback tracks to your own childhood and get dancing. This is not only fun for the kids, but also for the adults, and allows you all to get in some exercise, which will de-stress you and hopefully wear them out a bit.
There are many more options for mess-free home activities, but these are just some of the most popular options to save for a rainy day. Hopefully they’ve inspired you to be a bit more creative when it comes to one of those days you’ve been locked in the house.

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Where there are kids, there are CLUTTERS…

My kids are both in their toddlerhood.

It is the stage where they are whirlwind of activities – happily playing with the toys, throwing the toys, climbing the chairs, trying to plug the appliances, playing with the phones, trying out shoes, reaching for whatever is hanged….

The list never stops there. It goes on and on.  . . .

They just never stop until their last drop of energy. It’s like this the whole day long.

So what happens?

This…

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Oh my…

My husband and I try to neat things up in the evening when they are already asleep.  We are unable to do this, though every night as there are evenings when we’re just too tired from work that you just don’t mind the clutters at all.

Come the next morning it’s going to be a repeat performance from Summer and Derick.

 

 

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Do you have clutters at home?

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Was there a time when your kid was like this?

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Yesterday, I was so busy doing my Saturday chores in the kitchen. I was so immersed in it that I totally forgot about my 2 little ones playing in the receiving area of the house.  When I came I saw Summer deeply engaged in writing and drawing…. “ON THE WALL!!!!!”. I was outraged. My mind was racing as to what to be angry about first, the act of vandalism or the fact that we would have to spend an unknown amount of  money just to have the walls repainted. I was about to open my mouth and getting ready for an all out rant but then when I saw how she was so into it I suddenly had the odd feeling and thought against it.  She was in deep concentration, much like a painter engrossed in their painting and entranced by the moment.

I did not want to interrupt her at that time with the fear that she might lose her “gusto” to draw.  I was holding my self, teeth gritting and just thought that I would just find another time to tell her about drawing on her sketch pad and not on the wall.

I remembered asking Summer once to “draw a face” one of our study times, she refused saying she doesn’t know how to draw one.  I did not force the issue.  So, when I saw these, I was surprised, amazed, happy, but worried by the fact that she finally drew… “ON THE WALL!!!”.

So, I took some pictures instead.

After which she told me who those drawings are. They are us.  I’m also glad that she drew faces with ears. My Psychology teacher in college told us, if you draw a face with ears, it means that you are a good listener.  Something that I am not, although I’m trying to be. LOL!

Then softly but with a stern face I reminded her that it would be nicer to draw on the paper or on her drawing pad than on the wall.  I did not put so much issue on the vandalism part because it might only make her do it more.

 

When you have something like this at home, how do you handle it?

 

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