It's school holidays and that means a steady chorus of "I'm bored" from the youngsters you might be responsible for. So, how do keep the kids entertained, on a budget? Here are five ideas for filling in the time during school holidays.
It's an oldie but a goodie. Games like Monopoly and Ludo can fill in lots of time. Combined with a bowl of popcorn, the kids can fill in at least an hour with a decent game.
Most kids love to cook. Cookies and muffins are pretty easy to make from scratch so you won't need to make a trip to the supermarket for a packet mix. For bonus points, you can use some of your Easter eggs for chocolate chips or to create a gooey centre for a muffin.
Given that we're moving into colder, wetter weather heading out to the local park might be a bit of a gamble. One of favourite picnic activities is to make some home-made pizza - you can either buy bases or they're not to difficult to make yourself - and create your own pizzas. For a bonus, you can make a banana and chocolate pizza, using some of your remaining Easter eggs, for dessert.
Console Game Tournament
Pick a couple of your favourite games - games like Mario Karts or sport-based ones are good - invite a couple of friends over and have a tournament. As long as you can keep a lid on the competitiveness, this can be a fun way to have an organised activity with a few friends.
Go to the Park
Take the kids to the park and let them run around for a while. A couple of hours on the swings, playing ball games and chasing each other will suck some of the excess energy out of the kids.
What are some of your favourite school holiday boredom busters?