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7 fun activities to keep your children happy while you study

Posted on 18/01/2017 by

Studying at home with kids? Make sure you have plenty of toys on hand.

Juggling looking after kids with studying from home can be a challenge. It’s a good idea to have a few clever tricks up your sleeve to keep them entertained while you hit the books.

Here are 7 fun activities that are worth a try.

1. Set them a creative assignment or challenge

Make your children feel like grown-ups by giving them their own “assignment”. For example, give them the challenge of building a castle out of blocks or writing a short story (depending on their age, of course). This will help them feel involved in what you’re doing – as if you’re studying together.

When they’ve finished their mini assignment, give them a small reward such as half an hour of television or some new stickers. Try to choose a reward that will distract them for a little longer so you can squeeze in a few minutes of extra study.

2. Colouring in or paint by numbers

Buy your children a special colouring book or paint by numbers set that they can only use while you’re studying. This will make it feel like a treat. You could even give them some special felt tip pens or colouring pencils, too.

3. Study outside

Do your kids have cabin fever? Take your study notes outside and let them enjoy some fresh air. Children often love playing in the garden and can entertain themselves for hours chasing bugs or playing tag.

Keep an eye out for discounted sand pits or playsets on Trade Me to create the perfect backyard fun.

4. Invite a playmate over

Older children love having friends over – they are the perfect distraction! Arrange a play date while you study so your kids don’t complain “I’m bored” every three seconds. Just make sure to keep an eye on them while you revise.

5. Build a “study fort”

Kids love forts! Build a “magical study fort” with sheets and tell your children that they need to be extra quiet inside. It might not work for everyone, but if your kids have an overactive imagination they might just fall for it!

6. Arts and crafts

It’s amazing how much fun can be had with a few old toilet paper rolls, some felt tip pens and a glue stick. See what crafty things you can find around the house and set the kids to work creating something special.

If you have a birthday or special occasion coming up, give them the task of creating handmade birthday cards.

7. The ‘Electronic Babysitter’

If all else fails, there’s always the “Electronic Babysitter”. Otherwise known as the TV (or the iPad), this “babysitter” can be a lifesaver when you’re trying to study. Let your kids enjoy a movie on the TV or play an educational game on the computer or tablet.

Try not to feel too bad about the extra screen time – if it helps you achieve a qualification, then it’s going to be great for your family in the long run.

Do you have any ideas for keeping the kids entertained while you study? We’d love to hear them – share in the comments below.

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