Parents don’t always have enough time (or energy!) to entertain their kids when they’re bored. Boredom isn’t bad; in fact, it can be the spark for creativity and learning. Here, we have three ideas for your kids to entertain themselves while strengthening their sibling bonds.
Cooking together helps kids learn how to work together as a team. If they’re a bit older, they can make these brownies with avocado and chocolate with adult supervision while they preheat the oven. If they’re younger, they can make some chocolate-avocado truffles. Help them prep some ingredients, like cutting an avocado in half and removing the seed (with supervision, of course), and then leave them to their own devices in the kitchen — they’ll be just fine!
For the truffles, they’ll need 1/2 c. of avocado, 1/2 c. of mashed banana, 1/2 c. of cocoa powder, 1 t. of vanilla extract, 3/4 c. of rolled oats, 1/4 c. of peanut butter, and 1-2 T. of honey. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Use a spoon to scoop out the mix and roll the truffles by hand. Place them on parchment paper and refrigerate.
To encourage collaboration and to spark the imagination of the kids, suggest that they write a play and then act it out in front of the whole family. If they prefer to use technology, suggest that they make a music video using your phone. They’ll have a blast choreographing and looking for clothes to dress up in. Plus, you’ll have the video as a memory forever.
Kids love to express themselves through art. Announce that you’re going to create an art gallery with their drawings and collages. Give them all kinds of materials: drawing paper, colored pencils, crayons, scissors, glue, magazines for cutting, and even some food items, like ground coffee or dry noodles that they can paint and glue. You can also give them pieces of fabric or whatever else comes to mind! The kids will give free rein to their creativity and will have the satisfaction of seeing the fruit of their efforts exhibited at home.
If you want to use a whole avocado, you can make some ink with the seed and skin. The kids can use the ink for various art projects. Bring the seed and skin to boil and you’ll have a pink ink in less than an hour.
With these activities, your kids will have fun and you’ll have a little bit of time for yourself.