Parents are always on the go. Even though you are constantly caring for your child; feeding, cleaning, running errands, it may seem that you don’t get to spend enough quality time with them. Children, by nature, are attention seeking creatures and there’s nothing more they want than to spend time with a parent, playing and simply having fun.

There are a ton of creative ideas available on the internet when it comes to DIY projects, but that’s for another day when you have plenty of time to prep and clean up after. For a regular day, with school runs, you can try these simple activities at home.

  1. Bring out the art supplies

This is the simplest activity you can engage in with your child. Be it paints, crayons, color pencils or stamps, children love art. Tape together a few pieces of paper and create a large canvas, now go wild! Finger painting, vegetable stamping, simple brush strokes, whatever your child and your own inner child feel like creating, go for it! Don’t forget to sprinkle with glitter. If you like what you have created, cut out small pieces of the art work and have it framed.

  • Play a dance tutorial on YouTube

Parents have a strict rule against YouTube and rightly so. But once in a while, if used appropriately, it can be an extremely fun activity for you and your child. There are a large number of dance tutorials online, ranging from ballet to the ever popular floss. Choose one that you are bound to enjoy and have fun attempting the moves!

  • Dinner Prep

It may be hard to entertain your child while worrying about getting dinner on the table. Involve them! On easier days, have your child set the table. Or have them with you in the kitchen. While you make the rotis, they play with the dough and roll out shapes of their own. Stirring, mixing, tossing, you may be surprised at how happy they get having to help out.

  • The Wacky Races

Three legged race! Egg on a spoon! Hop Scotch! These races are what childhoods are made of. Simply head outdoors and participate in fun race with your kid. Hop to the finish line, set up a simple obstacle course or just play cheerleader while your child sprints from one end to the other, you will have a blast and your child will be nice and tired by the time you’re done. Win-win!

  • Treasure Hunt

Pick up a few everyday items with your child: a book, a toy, etc. Ask them to look away while you hide them- in easy enough places, and have your child go on a treasure hunt. If you want to make it more fun, plot out a simple treasure map for you and your child to follow together.

Hope you enjoy these ideas! What else do you like to do with your child on an everyday basis?

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