They’re the two words that can strike fear into the heart of every parent: “I’m bored!”
But bringing a bit of fun into your household doesn’t need to be hard – or expensive. There are plenty of low-cost (or no-cost) activities that your kids can do which are wonderfully simple but will keep them busy – and happy – for hours.
There are plenty of low-cost (or no-cost) activities that your kids can do which are wonderfully simple but will keep them busy – and happy – for hours.
Think back to your own childhood for a moment. Remember all those forts you made in the living room with blankets, sheets and cardboard boxes? Or the mini-Olympics competition you organised in the backyard, complete with long jump, sprint races and obstacle course (your parents didn’t have the heart to tell you ‘obstacle course’ wasn’t an Olympic event)? What about the times you built a massive house of cards up against the hallway wall, spent hours making paper airplanes or jewellery out of pasta, or occupied a rainy afternoon playing sock basketball or indoor hide and seek?
In this modern world of electronic games, overpriced toys and chronic consumerism, there’s still room in children’s lives for simplicity and open-ended play that challenges their skills, fires their imaginations and let’s them be in charge of how a game develops and progresses. Instead of spending their day swiping fingers across a phone app or pushing video game buttons, children should be developing their creative imaginations with play activities that don’t do everything for them.
All Australians could use more exercise, and many of the games in the Boredom Buster will keep them moving. If you join in the action as a parent, you can get your dose of physical activity too. British bulldog, freeze tag, hopscotch and pillowcase races are just some of the games that work well for raising heart rates. ‘Sumo wrestling’ is another kid favourite that’s great exercise: just dress them in plenty of thick layers of clothing until they’re blimp-like and fully-padded (don’t forget the head area), and then let them bounce into each other.
Run out of ideas to keep your youngsters entertained? We’ve got you covered … with Fun Party Games For Kids: The Boredom Buster!
The best thing about the Boredom Buster is that it’s interactive, so you can select the game or activity you want based on your child’s age, how many players and whether you’re after indoor or outdoor fun. It tells you exactly how the game is played and what equipment you’ll need to get started. Most of the activities can be enjoyed using items you probably already have around the house, so you normally won’t need to go out and spend extra money.
How Simple, Low-cost Household Fun Can Change Your World
With all the other responsibilities an Aussie parent has these days, it can be tough when you’re expected to be full-time activity director for your kids too. Fortunately, you don’t have to – the online world is full of ideas for age-specific craft projects, improvised sports and engaging indoor games. All you have to do is know where to find them.
Bringing simple, fun play back to your children’s lives with the Boredom Buster can have several unexpected advantages. You’ll save loads of money: instead of paying for the latest expensive gadget, you can use items you already own. This will also reduce the clutter in your home, with fewer unused toys piling up in kids’ bedroom closets. The ‘less is more’ approach also has environmental benefits – plastic toys and their packaging make up a huge proportion of the refuse in our landfills.
The ‘less is more’ approach also has environmental benefits – plastic toys and their packaging make up a huge proportion of the refuse in our landfills.
But perhaps the most important difference you’ll notice is that your children will become more creative, imaginative and self-contained as they learn to develop satisfying activities out of common household items. By getting back to the basics with play activities, you nurture an appreciation of the value of shared experiences and do your part to combat the all-pervasive habit of mindless consumption. And best of all, you can involve your kids in the selection process, so they feel more in control of what’s going to happen.
Fun doesn’t need to be expensive
Open-ended play is all about making use of common household items for children’s activities: things like string, cardboard boxes, old sheets, masking tape, toile paper tubes, scraps of paper, etc. Such items can be recycled from around the home and used in lots of different ways to help children have fun and expand their problem-solving abilities.
With simpler, open-ended play, the possibilities open up because the child is the one in control of what happens next…
When kids sit on the couch with a video game, the way play develops is controlled by the game. With simpler, open-ended play, the possibilities open up because the child is the one in control of what happens next: their creativity guide the process, resulting in a more imaginative examination of cause and effect. And what’s great about the Boredom Buster is that you can pick an activity that precisely matches your kids’ age, mood and abilities. Some activities require a bit of supervision on your part but others allow your children to ‘do their own thing’ with minimal hovering.
Childhood is a wonderful time of discovery, and our Kids Games Boredom Buster is just what every parent needs to cure the dreaded “I’m bored!” syndrome. Check it out now!
• Budget Direct’s Kids Games – the Boredom Buster is an interactive compilation of simple, low-cost games and activities for your kids
• Many of the activities in Boredom Buster make use of common household items, which saves you money
• Open-ended plays builds a child’s creative imagination, and gives them more control of unfolding play
• Simpler toys and games don’t take up as much space in your home, which means less clutter