Monday, 22 August 2016

How to keep children busy but helpful in the holidays.

 A while ago I saw a post by someone who had come up with the genius idea of writing jobs on pieces of paper and putting it into a jar and each time the kids said they were bored they had to choose a job out of the jar.They may have even earned some time on the Xbox or something as a result. I've been thinking a lot about it recently and kept meaning to do something similar that would work for a 6,4 and 2 year old. This week I finally got around to it!

The children would happily sit in front of the telly ALL day during the holidays if I let them (Some days I have! It's ok to have a PJ day from time to time right?!)

As a way to earn some TV time, I came up with my own version of this job jar I saw ages ago.

I wrote several jobs that I knew the kids would be able to do comfortably with minimal support (older two anyway). Things like - Wipe all the bathroom sinks (I couldn't bring myself to put toilets), Tidy the garden, sweep the kitchen floor, take out the recycling etc.

I also added in a few other things too - 'Play a game with Chick 2', 'Write a kind letter', 'Say 3 nice things about someone else in the family'... things like that.

Each one has a number of points on it depending on the level of effort.

After they have completed the task, they get to tally up their scores on the board and each point is worth 5 minutes of TV time OR they can choose to add that many marbles to their reward jars (I'll write another post about that another day).

We've been doing this for the past week, and the children really love it. They like the thought of earning time with the box and it's minimal effort on my part to get them to do something quite helpful! Win Win!

I totally recommend giving it a go!

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