The flu season is almost here. And boredom and restlessness can set in as your child begins to feel better but isn’t well enough to resume playtime and school activities. So, what’s a parent to do? While the doctor may prescribe bed rest during the recuperation period, keep reading for some entertaining children’s games to amuse your child and brighten their day.
Using just paper, crayons, and flat household items, children can amuse themselves with the following popular art technique:
- Gather a variety of items, such as combs, popsicle sticks, coins, paper clips and leaves.
- Place the paper on top of the object and use a peeled crayon and rub it over the entire surface of the object.
- A textured rubbing will magically appear.
Marble Board Game
Does your child have lots of marbles? Here’s an easy marble game to make:
- Find a box lid that is sturdy, such as a shoebox.
- Carefully poke a few holes inside the lid smaller than the marble you will be using.
- Draw pictures around the holes with crayons or markers, such as flowers, lollipops, balloons, or a nose on an animal.
- To play this game, drop the marble in the lid and tilt the box to roll the marble. Try to land the marble in the holes around your pictures.
Flannel Board Stories
A miniature flannel board is a great background for storytelling. Here’s how to begin:
- Glue a piece of flannel material to the inside of a shoebox lid. This is the storytelling board.
- To make characters for the story, use felt pieces or cut out magazine pictures.
- Glue the magazine cutouts to cardboard pieces with sandpaper strips adhered on the back. This will allow them to stick to the flannel.
- You can use rolled masking tape as a variation.
- Use the shoebox to store all the pieces.
Clothespins Learning Game
Clothespins provide an opportunity for children to learn while having fun. To start, just follow these steps:
- Gather some spring-type clothespins, markers and a wire hanger.
- For school-age children, depending upon their word skills, print an alphabet letter on each wooden pin.
- Next, snap the clothespins on the hanger to make words.
- For preschoolers, use shapes and colors for an educational matching game. Make two of each shape and color. Clip the clothespins on the hanger and ask the child to match it.
Some Final Thoughts on Creating Entertaining Children’s Games
With just a few art materials and recycled items, these entertaining children’s games will help the waiting time go by quickly and put a smile on your child’s face. Not only are they easy to make, but they also don’t cost a lot of money, either. And lastly, remember to make the age-appropriate and let your child help, too.