Stuck for ideas to keep your kids away from technology? You’re not alone, suggests a new study, MFM’s here to help!
Mums, you know how important imaginative and active play is, but according to a recent Ribena survey of 2,000 parents, 16% of you don’t know where to start. The research also revealed while 70% of kids play vieo games, just 32% still have fun with stuff from around the home, like posts and pans or cardboard boxes. So MFM’s coming to the rescue! Get your kids to step away from the technology and encourage them to dream up their own fun games with our 5 ideas of what to do with a cardboard box. Don’t underestimate the power of you simply being with your children when they play. While some games can be great for helping your child to read, as Verity Clifton, Brand Director at Ribena said, “Play should be about having fun for its own sake, rather than for a goal.” If you’re a bit nervous about whipping up a cake, or trying out costume making, why not opt for simple colouring in activities? We have fab character sheets to download from hit film Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists! as well as A – Z animal colouring sheets. Colouring is a great way to entertain children away from the TV on a rainy day. You might even give their confidence a boost by showcasing their best work on the fridge. If it’s a nice day, get your little ones outside, adding leaves and flowers they find around the garden or park to their drawings. Of the parents polled for the Ribena Plus Play Report, 17% admitted to buying toys and games to take the pressure off themselves to entertain their children. But why not make the most of your garden or local park with these free and green garden activity guides. Plus, check out our free play ideas for your baby and toddler to get your creative juices flowing. If you’re struggling to remember what you used to play when you were little, take a peek at our 5 favourite traditional outdoor games as well as our top 5 classic ball games. With all these great ideas to keep you busy, don’t actually forget to let the kids play, too! We all know you’re an undiscovered Picasso when it comes to finger painting and 30% of parents polled said they feel pressure to be fun, but the key is to guide and not take over. If you do fancy a day out, hop over to our Neighbourhood section to find great attractions near you and pop into our Deals of the Week section to bag yourself a bargain.
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