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8 frugal & fun at home activities

JODY ALLEN, from parenting website Stay at Home Mum, shares some fun at home activities for the next rainy day

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1. Learn how to play music via YouTube

The kids might reject the idea at first, but they may also end up being a maestro at playing the guitar or drums! YouTube is a great start for them to learn how to play instruments. Even if they just want to learn the most famous ‘riffs’, there are YouTube videos on how to do just that!

2. Pretend to work like mum or dad for a day

Not all workplaces let you bring your kids. But, if you can, create a space in your home to be your home office and bring the kids to ‘work’ with you. Mentally prepare them and give out rules as to what they should or shouldn’t do. To make it more fun, let them wear office attire!

3. Go camping in the backyard

Put up the tents, build a small fire, let the kids sleep in sleeping bags and try cooking a meal over the coals! It’s a lovely activity on Friday or Saturday nights for the whole family!

4. Learn how to cook

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If your kids are getting older and more mature, it’s about time to teach them how to work around the kitchen. Cooking is a life skill, and it’s better to teach them slowly as they grow up. They can be in charge of washing fruit and veggies, cleaning up and measuring ingredients. Older kids can also learn how to peel veggies and cook eggs.

5. Have a movie marathon

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This one’s probably my go-to when the kids are bored. There are lots of really great movies to watch. But before that, I always give conditions, such as making sure all the chores are done, etc. It always works!

6. Learn new jobs around the house

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Each year, I try my best to teach my kids to do something new. Just basic tasks like raking leaves, cleaning their rooms, folding, for example. Moreover, it’s important to teach the kids to pick up their toys while they’re young. It’s also a great way to discipline your kids whenever they fight with each other. Most house chores consist of working together so they won’t have a choice.

7. Backyard games

Backyard games or a simple obstacle course are super fun and a great way to drain the kids’ energy.

8. Write a letter

Get your kids to write a letter to grandparents or a friend and encourage them to say something nice or talk about their day. You can mail it, or kids can give them out to their friends at school. It will give children a feeling of excitement, and it’s nice to remember our loved ones as well. Plus, they’ll be able to practise their writing.

This is an edited extract of a story originally published on



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