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From the top: Connect Four (via Big W), paint your own cubby (via Mocka),  fab spotty book bag to hold your colouring in stuff (via This Grand Life), Pirate puzzle (via Djeco)

From the top: Connect Four (via Big W), paint your own cubby (via Mocka), fab spotty book bag to hold your colouring in stuff (via This Grand Life), Pirate puzzle (via Djeco)

We are having a lot of rainy days at the moment, and though I am sure the gardens and trees of Perth are loving the wet weather, it is wearing a little thin on the home front!

Mostly after school and on weekends, when my kids are climbing the walls at times because they are so BORED!

Coupled with my love of tech free days at home, I’ve had to go old school with activities.

Today I thought I’d share a couple of ideas that have worked a treat with my tribe:

  • Do a jigsaw puzzles – we love one brand – Djeco the best, the pieces are sturdy, the scenes are quirky, bright and interesting.
  • Play a board or card game – our current faves are Connect Four, Scrabble and Uno
  • Colour in – we always have a drawstring bag packed with colouring books, blank paper, textas , crayons, great for at home and when you are out and about
  • Work together on a mazes, dot-to-dots, and spot the difference (all great for 3-5 year olds) –  or for older kids try word searches and crosswords
  • Build a city or fort or zoo or paint a cubby! Go as big or small as you like! Start off with some little animals and get the kids to build the jungle/ ocean/ habitat or go large and convert the lounge into a tent city.  Add torches and a picnic and BINGO! Kid heaven!

Do you have a favourite rainy day activity?

Enjoy xx

We love board games!

We love board games!

I had one of those parenting moments this week, or maybe it’s a life moment, where I did the reverse of what I wanted to do and it turned out wonderfully.

My eldest son came to me with a board game he’d been given as a gift and asked if I wanted to play.

I was busy doing my own thing at the time (creating some fab little frocks for my store) , and thoroughly enjoying myself.

Plus I was on a roll.

Plus it was MY time out.

I know, that sounds very selfish, but if you have kids, you know what it can be like. Time out is precious, and you can go a little nuts without some.

So back to me (see, selfish again). What I nearly said was ‘later mate, I’m busy right now’.

Instead, I put down what I was doing and said, ‘I’d love to’ and sat down on the floor to play a game.

The look on his face was well worth it.  We then spent the next half an hour playing the Dinosaur Adventure game together and both had a brilliant time. Later that night we coaxed the whole family into having a game, and it was one of the highlights of the week.

Lots of laughs, lots of ribbing each other, and lots of fun time together.

I think this is what well-meaning child psychologists and parenting experts are talking about when they discuss quality versus quantity in spending time with your kids.

Do you still play board games with your kids?

Enjoy xx

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