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Published April 5th 2013
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Kids don't do kid things anymore and it's quite sad. I hardly ever see kids riding their bikes out in the street, playing hopscotch and the parks are nearly always empty. I have written up some old school activities for kids to do, they are things that I used to do when I was a kid (which wasn't that long ago)
1. Hopscotch
I used to love drawing up my own hopscotch game on the concrete outside and play with my next door neighbour. We used to make really tricky hopscotch games as well. We had a special rock we used to use and we sang songs as well. Get the kids a bucket of chalk and then show them how to play hopscotch. Girls will certainly love this activity and boys might as well.

2. Board Games
I don't mean silly iPhone apps like Draw Something, Where's My Water and Angry Birds, I mean real games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Cluedo, Uno. Buy the kids a board game or play one that you've got at home. They'll enjoy themselves and it teaches them instructions and how to listen which is good for their development, especially for children aged 4, which is when they can usually sit and play a board game without getting bored, and they understand better as well.

3. Bike Riding
Get the kids out onto their bikes and go riding around the street or up to the park, or to a friends place who lives close by. Bike riding is fun and enjoyable for everyone. It will get the kids exercise and you can even teach them how to ride a two wheeler bike.

4. Watch cartoons and old TV shows
I believe it's good for children to watch television shows that came out before they were born. TV shows back then were simpler, less violent and had good moral messages in them - now all they are watching is animated garbage really.

Some old TV shows you can show them are:
Brady Bunch
Full House
Ren & Stimpy
Fraggle Rock
The original Bananas in Pyjamas
Angry Beavers
The Muppet show
Leave it to Beaver

5. Craft
When I was younger, my aunty was a total art freak and was always bringing things home from her job as an art teacher. We would make cool things from pipe cleaners, glitter, cotton balls, felt, Clag, popsicle sticks and lots more. Get the kids into a creative mood and do some painting, making little animals from felt or sewing.

6. Hide and Seek
This game used to be a classic with me and my cousins when we were little. We played it every time we were together. Have a round with the kids one day, any age can play it really. You can make it both indoor and outdoor, so there's more places to hide. A great game to play if you have a lot of kids over and a really big house.

7. 4 Square
Grab a bouncy ball, make a team of four and play four square. It's a fun game especially for boys, and the kids will love it if you play with them. Teach them how to play even though it's pretty easy. You can also play two square if you don't have enough players.

8. Tea parities
Every little girl should at least play tea party once in their childhood. If you have boys as well, set them up with an activity while you spend time with your daughter(s) and set up your own little tea party. Set up cups and plates, water and perhaps some crackers and cut up fruit like mandarins or grapes and pretend you're at a real tea party. Invite some stuffed toys and dolls as well to make it more fun. Little girls will get a kick out of this, it doesn't just have to be a mum activity either, dad can play as well if his at home with the girls.

9. Puppet shows
Put on a puppet show for the kids, crouch behind the couch or somewhere and put puppets on your hands or fingers. Make up a funny scene and the kids will love it. Give each child a turn, you can also do impromptu puppet shows and just act as you go. It'll teach the kids good drama skills.

10. Stencils
Remember stencils? I used to go crazy over stencils as a kid and I wanted all the different shapes. Set the kids up with some paper, coloured markers and some stencils and let them create their own little scene. Pop it up on the fridge and let them be proud of their work.
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