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How to keep kids entertained outside and in


The absence of school, nursery and play dates has left parents looking for additional ways to entertain tots, tweens and inbetweens. Pinterest reports a 1708% increase in searches for garden obstacle courses alone!

That’s a huge increase, but perhaps it’s not surprising given the beautiful weather we’re having in parts of the UK. Not to mention the fact that an outdoor obstacle course is an activity that stimulates the mind and tires the body.

As you can see on LittleWildOlive’s instagram feed, all it takes is a few household objects, such as cushions and foot stools. Others have used hula hoops, buckets and balls or anything else they can find.

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Let them run off all that excess energy, while learning how to balance, hand-to-eye coordination, as well as gain an increased attention span and have bags of fun at the same time.

Or if your budget allows, opt for this Discovery Woodland Treehouse from Cottage Toys. It has a climbing frame, slide and elements to encourage play and exploration of the environment around it.

Leaving you to get on with working from home, staying fit with Joe Wicks, baking banana bread or whatever else you’re doing to get through quarantine.

Here are some other ways that Pinners are keeping their kids entertained:

VIRTUAL SLEEPOVERS

This search has had a 799% increase on Pinterest in the last month. All you need are comfy clothes – or their favourite PJs – a laptop, tablet or phone, so you can log them in to Facebook, Facetime, Zoom or Skype and some yummy snacks!

FREE VIRTUAL SCHOOL TRIPS

This popular activity let’s kids ‘visit’ museums and galleries all over the world. At the last count over 500 cultural institutions had opened their virtual doors, including Tate Britain in London, The Louvre, Paris and MOMA, New York.

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William Tucker, "Anabasis"

A post shared by Tate Britain Museum (@tatebritainlondon) on Nov 23, 2015 at 6:36am PST

VIRTUAL GAMES TO PLAY

When kids can’t meet up with their friends in person, playing games together on Facetime is the next best thing. Thankfully the Pinterest community is brimming with ideas on how to make Virtual play dates fun.

From Scavenger Hunts and Quizzes to Lego Challenges or Craft and Chat, there’s a multitude of ways for little ones to connect with each other and entertain themselves and each other.

Check out Pinterestโ€™s new Today tab, for daily ideas and share what inspires you with your community right now by using the #STAYINspired on Instagram and Twitter and tag @Pinterest.

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