By Nicole Fuge, MD® Managing Editor
The days are LONG in iso, as we try to keep our baes entertained and out from under out feet – it feels like everyone is starting to go a little cray. So if it’s starting to feel a little too much like Groundhog Day, playing the same games day in, day out… it’s time to MIX IT UP!
We know that having our bambinos engaged in play each day is important for their development, but that doesn’t mean playtime needs to be a chore and certainly does not require loads of space. IKEA has come up with easy ways to turn your living room into a playground.
1 // Make origami race tracks
Start easy by gathering the tribe around snacks and drinks, and combine it with an origami folding game. Fold frogs from origami paper and create a racetrack using coloured tape or create your own rules.
2 // Create a fun maths quiz
Colourful maths problems creates light-hearted competition and encourages kids to keep their brains
active. A roll of drawing paper on the wall makes prep and clean up easy.
3 // Bring out your inner action film star
Create an obstacle course from cushions, a rug and laser beams (made from tape). Now, get into
character and act out your best spy-movie avoid-the-alarm moves.
4 // Toss a toy animal (and get rid of the clutter… #winning)
Set up a basket and let your kids target-toss soft toys into it. This also works when you want them to help with the tidying. Simple, but genius!