Entertaining a toddler can be an expensive undertaking. Toys, trips to the zoo, trips to the aquarium and play centres, special meals and treats, ponies, private jets… the list goes on.
But yesterday, I managed to entertain Ashleigh all afternoon by doing just one thing that she laughed about for hours.
Just one thing. And it didn’t cost a cent.
There are, of course, plenty of things you can do with your children that don’t cost a thing. So here goes: the incomplete, absolutely not all-inclusive, probably very obvious and entirely unimaginative (very short) list of things you can do for free to entertain your children.
- ‘Build’ a cubby house by throwing a sheet over your dining room table.
- Make a game of seeing which of you – you, your partner or your toddler – can make the baby laugh first.
- Play ‘The Tip-Toe Game’ – walk around on your tip-toes trying to be quiet for as long as you can (also provides much needed quiet time).
- Hang out the washing (hanging the bibs, handkerchiefs and socks on the clothes airer is one of Ashleigh’s favourite activities).
- Bake. Anything. Recipes that don’t need mixers or the stove are the best because your toddler can be responsible for everything except the oven.
- Make up new verses to existing songs like Old MacDonald and The Wheels on the Bus. See who can make the funniest or most ridiculous version (Ashleigh had me in stitches when she sang ‘the snakes on the bus go hiss hiss hiss’.)
And, if those suggestions don’t work for you, you can always try what worked for us yesterday:
- Bang your shin on a chair and then jump around the room in pain, clutching it tightly. Your toddler will scream with laughter, then jump around copying you.
Enjoy your low-cost, fun(?) day with your children.
Any more (preferably pain-free) suggestions for an entertaining, low-cost day with the kids?