Kids can sometimes have short attention spans. The next time you are having a family get-together, use these ideas to spark their interest.
Snaps: These little boxes of firecrackers are fun and safe for even little ones to use. You throw them on the ground and they ‘pop’! For the two-year-olds who can’t throw hard enough, they still pop if you step on them. Give each child their own box and it will keep them occupied for quite a while.
Bouncy house: It’s like being able to jump on the bed, and you’re outside! Kids love the bouncy house. They are getting fresh air and exercise. Parental supervision is still necessary, and you can set up a lawn chair nearby to keep an eye on things. You can easily search the internet to purchase one, rent one at a party store, or if you’re a client of The Balster Action Team you may borrow ours!
Bubbles: Everyone loves the wonder of the bubble. They are beautiful and fairylike. It’s fun to chase them, and to be chased by them. They are inexpensive to buy and easy to make. To make your own inexpensive bubbles, just mix together 1 gallon of water, 2/3 cup dishwashing soap (I use Dawn), and 3 tablespoons of glycerin in a container. The glycerin can be found in the pharmacy section. And pipe cleaners make great bubble wands!
Garbanzo Beans: Gather all the little toy trucks and cars, then put the dry garbanzo beans into a pan or onto a cookie sheet, and you’ve just created an indoor rock quarry! This is great to plop down in the middle of the kitchen while you are putting the final touches on a meal. The kids enjoy being close, and you enjoy watching them while you finish up.
Salt dough: Inspire the creation of animals and anything you can imagine. Just mix 1 cup of salt and 2 cups of flour together, then gradually stir in 1 cup of lukewarm water and mix and knead until it forms a smooth dough. Dough can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week. Creations can be air-dried and later painted.