How to Keep Your Child Busy on Lazy Afternoons

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The weekend is almost here and if you’re spending the day indoors, here are fun ways to keep your child busy!

Share a family movie marathon together. Does your family have a list of favorite films, or a series of movies you all enjoy? If so, then bust out the popcorn, boxed candies, the pillows and blankets, and watch them all in one sitting.

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Have a board game showdown. For this activity, you will need a leaderboard, plenty of board games (upwards of five at least, depending on the amount of people playing), and a competitive spirit. The idea of this game is to play a series of board games, keep track of the winners, and determine the ultimate winner of all the games. It is definitely an activity for those with a very empty schedule. Have fun!

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Have a fancy schmancy tea party complete with your Sunday-best clothing, your prettiest cups and plates, and your yummiest sweet treats. Dress-up clothes are an absolute must. If you would like to create an extra fancy atmosphere, try playing classical music, such as Beethoven or Mozart. A tea party can make any lazy afternoon feel just that much more special.

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Send them out on a mission. Ask your child to go find something or do something fun and to return to you for their next mission. Missions can include finding the prettiest thing they can, the biggest book in the house, or the smallest writing utensil. Remember to keep things age-appropriate, as some missions might be more difficult for some ages.

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Fight the good fight with a pillow fight. Get together your fluffiest pillows and battle it out with your kids. Though pillow fights are good fun, remember to set some ground rules such as stopping when requested and only striking with certain pillows. Otherwise, have fun!

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Play a game of hide and seek. Hide and seek is a classic game that every child loves. They get to hide in cabinets, underneath beds, and generally all over the place. Remember to set some places as “off-limits” before beginning, then let the fun begin!

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Build a big ol’ fort. For this activity, you should be able to use materials found around the house such as pillows, blankets, pins, and household furniture. Kids love building these cozy structures and then being able to tear them down when they are all finished. Try challenging your child to build the biggest fort they can to truly access their creative side!

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