Sometimes the thought of being home alone with the kids all day can be scary - how will you entertain their little minds all day? Here are some ideas I've crafted that don't involve technology.
1) Board Game competition
Grab out your favourite board games out and make up a sheet of paper with everyone's name on it. Play one board game at a time and whoever wins gets points.
The player with the most points at the end of the board game competition wins!
Here are some board games we like to play at home:
Hungry hippos Scattergories Connect Four Cluedo Boggle
2) Play the "what's missing?" Game
This game will test and improve your kids' memory and be fun in the process.
Start with three items, line them up and say to your child "memorise what's in front of you. I am going to take one away when you close your eyes and you need to tell me what's missing."
Keep adding items as they get better - we once ended up with thirty items and the kids started to struggle!
3) Hide and Seek
This may sound obvious, but really this game is so much fun and you can even broaden it to outside.
It encourages kids to use their imagination and think. This game can be addictive for little ones - my nephew insisted on playing 20 rounds as he was so obsessed with it
4) The Money Game
If you have cash in your wallet, take it out and play the game of math and money with your kids. If your kids are young and learning what money adds up to what, this will assist and be fun too.
Lay out all the coins and cash in piles and say to the kids, make me three dollars in coins, or make me four fifty in coins.
The kids have to try and work out how to make up the amounts.
You can test the kids individually or in teams. When my siblings were learning to count money, we played this and they really enjoyed it. They got the grasp of notes quicker than coins but we kept at it and it helped.