When you’re spending time indoors, it’s helpful to have ideas and activities to keep your children entertained.
Remember to avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. Every child is different, so there’s no perfect approach. Try a few different things and see what fits – this may be different from one day to another.
Try taking your child’s lead. Not everyone finds it easy to play with children, and older children might not want to play. If that’s the case, see if you can notice what your child seems interested in.
Younger children often enjoy exploring everyday objects. Try putting some out and see what they do. This could be a tray of rice, for example, with funnels, sieves, tubs and spoons. Sit back and watch. Or join in and explore with them.
For lots of children, you can use things found around the home to play:
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