Simple activities for you and your children
Do not sit there bored and depressed because you can not afford to do what some of the other parents. Some children do not fall for the glitz and high energy places of their peers.
Children just want you and your time.
1) Teach them something that you were taught.
Do you know how to knit or crochet? I bet you have not thought to teach your children yet. I have a 9 year old daughter who begs me to teach her how to knit. She is very creative and sees that I am also. She loves it when she and myself sit down and try and knit.
It is not always as loving as it sounds. It is hard to teach her and we both get frustrated, but it is time spent together for the price of a ball of wool and a pair of knitting needles. The dollar store or pound shops for the UK will stock these.
2) Go walking, and exploring.
This may not be suitable if you live in a very bad and built up area. But to everyone who has a green belt area around them, or a country park around them, go and explore the green area around you. Or even a stroll in a local park. Take a ball and a picnic.
If you are lucky, depending on the time of year you may even get to forage the fruits of nature. Why not go any pick some blackberries that grow wild along farmer's fields and hedgerows. Or get some Sloes and plums from old trees planted by the birds dropping seeds and pips?
3) Find your local museum
There will be a museum in your area. If they charge a lot of money, then that is the wrong museum, look again in your area . There is bound to be a council run museum with in a bus ride of your home. Show the children what their area was built up around. Most places were usually built around either the coal pits, quarries, or railway. There is a wealth of knowledge in these museums.
Far too many people are so scared of letting their youngsters in the kitchen, but if you don't start, they will never learn how to cook. It can be fun and healthy. There is a mass of free recipes online, so teach then fun and healthy at the same time. With the added bonus that children tend to eat food they have made themselves. So brilliant if you have a fussy eater.
5) Have a game marathon.
No I do not mean sit on the ps3 with them. I mean, get a board game out and teach them how to play, scrabble, monopoly, cluedo, all the oldies, they are great for calming children down, they teach them mathmatics, spelling and logic and they feel special that you have stopped and spent time with them.
So next time you are bored and unsure what to do, pull one of these out and give it a go. Time is worth zeneth more than money to children, remember that.