7 Genius Ideas To Keep Kids Busy and Get Stuff Done

7 Genius Ideas To Keep Kids Busy AND Get Stuff Done!

If you need a few ideas on how to keep kids busy, here’s a list I came up with out of sheer desperation.

A few weeks ago I was having a rough afternoon with the girls. “Rough” as in they were bored out of their minds and driving me crazy. All I wanted was for them to find a task to do that would keep them busy long enough for me to pour a glass of wine, and maybe have a sip or two! That’s all.

Out of sheer desperation I managed to convince them that picking all the purple berries off the two messy bushes in the garden was an awesome and extremely fun activity. After my post on the success of this activity, a few other people have suggested other genius ways of keeping the kids busy so you can actually drink wine get stuff done, so I thought I’d pull the ideas together to share so that we might all regain a little bit of our sanity whilst getting a bit of our own back  some household chores done. 

7 Ideas To Keep Kids Busy

  1. Make them pick the messy berries off the bushes in the garden. See here for proof that they did actually do it. This will buy you an estimated ten minutes of mom-time depending on the encouragement you shout for them whilst they’re doing it.
  2. Make them pick the daisies from the lawn! This will buy you around 20 minutes of mom-time, provided you have enough daisies. Thank you to Briony from AnyWayToStayAtHome.
  3. Make them match the socks up from the laundry basket! This is also a great learning experience for them as it teaches them matching and colours! This will last as long as you have socks to match. You might even consider getting your already folded socks from the drawers and separating them into the basket just to ensure you get the maximum mom-time you can. Thank you to Jacqui from Mommy’s Little Monkey for this one!
  4. Another great one is “Let’s see who can pick up the most stones from the flower beds”, although this one requires a few rules such as: ‘if you trample the flowers you will lose 5 stones each’ and ‘don’t steal each other’s stones – only new ones count’. This will give you around 15, maybe 20 minutes of mom-time.
  5.  When they come and ask you where their favourite toy is, explain that they will find it if they tidy up their rooms and actually put the toys littering the floor away. Don’t forget to remove the favourite toy from behind the throw pillow you’re leaning against at the time, once they have cleaned up. To make them carry on looking after they’ve actually tidied up is just mean – you’ve had your fun. It’s really up to you how much mom-time this buys you, I mean how long can you take a plastic toy digging into your back?
  6. Never let them do the washing up. Ever! And then one day, when you really think you deserve it, make a grand announcement that you have finally decided that they are now ‘big’ enough to do the washing up. Present them with an apron, and a chair to reach the sink, remove all sharp, glass or ceramic objects – okay, just let them do the spoons and plastic stuff. Warning: You can only really use this one once, maybe twice so save it for a really long day … and you will have to mop the floors dry afterwards. But hey, you at least got to sit down for 10 minutes of mom-time AND the washing up got done … kinda, just let it go this once.
  7. Give them a bucket of soapy water and ‘let’ them wash their outside toys like the sandpit buckets and spades, their bike, the rabbit hutch, whatever really. Unfortunately this one is only suitable for hot weather, but it will buy you at least 5 minutes of mom-time before they empty the bucket out and start to cry. You will get 5 minutes per bucket – it’s up to you how long this one can go on for as long as you’re happy to keep refilling the bucket, alternatively just turn the hose on and go lock yourself inside (cos you know, your hair!), fill that glass and watch from the window.

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Please let me know if you have any more tips to add to this list?!

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  1. Fab!! Washing the toys outside is always a winner ! Had a look at your linky and it sounds amazing:) so to be clear, i write a post for either fail or win and it can’t have been published on my site before?
    I’ll write one this week if I get a spare 4 hours and I’ll send it to you to look at!
    I’m feeling optimistic about my time management this week!! ?
    Liz x

    1. Thank you. I was wanting one win and one fail from each person. I don’t mind if it’s been published on your site before either, you can even drop the link back to your original story if you’re giving me a summary.

  2. Magic list, I’m not sure my two sensory seekers and one sensory avoider would be down for all of these, but heck that’s a great, cheep, way to keep them occupied. Especially with the terrible weather that we’ve had in Sydney Australia lately.

    1. haha … oh dear. I’m sure you can tweak them to suit.

  3. Some very clever ideas there! Thanks a lot for the laugh as well! xD I’ll keep them in mind when my son will be older. #StayClassyMama

  4. Omg, I love this list. I’ll try it out and let you know which ones worked with my little ones. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Haha, please do! And let me know if you have any to add?

  5. Ha ha! Great list! Picking berries or herbs always gives us a few minutes here too. Washing up their plastic dishes, outside really does work well. I cannot trust them with our proper dishes yet, they are feral! Thanks for linking up to #BigPinkLink

  6. This is great! My kids love “playing with water”. I tried water guns once – that was fun for them until they couldn’t get the plugs back in. For this to work it has to be a gun with a big reservoir – otherwise you just keep filling up those little guns every few minutes.

  7. Buckets of water always keep mine entertained for ages. I have been known to let the toddler stand at the sink with a bowl of water. He is in his element for ages! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

  8. One tip Ive been told works is to put coloured tape around a kitchen floor tile or bathroom tile and get them to sweep everything into that square and make it be like putting it into “the smallest space possible” the most dirt in a square thats been swept up wins!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

    1. That sounds awesome!!! Will try it and get back to you.

  9. Great tips. Washing the outside toys is genius – keeps them busy and saves mum a job!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

  10. Yes. I “let” my son vacuum when he’s being good. I’ve also had him wash my car in the Summer (just with water, no soap).

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