A child’s cries of ‘I’m bored!’ can often end up with you grabbing the remote control or going off on a frenzied search for new, inexpensive activities.
Here are some ideas for things you can do which won’t take much preparation time - and should keep the little one in your life occupied (for a while, at least).
How CBeebies can help
Draw inspiration from one of your child’s favourite TV shows.
Perhaps Mister Maker ticks the right boxes for your child and sparks their imagination to get creative? Why not help your child to get stuck into making a collage out of old magazines pages, or help them draw a special card and use it as an invite to a pretend birthday party for their toys?
Or, maybe your child enjoys exploring, so why not start off a fun ‘finding things’ theme for the next hour inspired by watching an episode of Fimbles?
Watching Little Robots on TV or investigating the Little Robots web pages might be just the thing to get them busy making their very own robot out of old boxes, shiny paper, glue and paint.
It only takes a little inspiration and they are off…and watching the shows together and exploring the CBeebies website can give grown-ups cool ideas for things their child can do too. Take a look at the ‘Fun Activities’ part of the Grown-Ups site for hundreds of ideas for things your child can have a go at.
How to make a magic moment
Puppets are magical. CBeebies shows such as The Story Makers are great for inspiring children to get busy with puppets. They might like to start telling their own stories using home-made puppets made out of old socks, for example.
Then, why not carry on the fun by taking photographs of the puppet show and then placing them in scrapbook and writing captions? This is a great keep-sake and one that children are likely to want to return to time and time again.