January is one of those months were, for most of us, money is tight and payday seems a long time away, no matter how far through the month you are. But for parents, we still need to keep the kids entertained in January regardless of finances. This means we need to be creative with how we spend our time and money to make sure everyone is happy. And more importantly, work our way through the mountain of delicious chocolate bars left over from Christmas. I know we always end up with lots of chocolate left that even I struggle to eat!
With that in mind, I thought I would some of my favourite ways of not only keeping the kids entertained in January but using up all the chocolate too!
This is a really simple way of not only using up those excess chocolate bars but also keeping the kids busy. For those who can stomach the craziness of baking with children, this is a great way to spend the day doing something fun. Maybe search online for some great no-bake recipes, or try your hand at something a little bit more adventurous. Eats Amazing has some great recipes you can download that are perfect for kids to try out.
Sure, January isn’t the best time to be sitting outside and eating but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a picnic. Get a blanket out and use up any leftover goodies from Christmas, including those chocolate bars, if you have any by having a living room picnic. Kids love picnics or doing anything you wouldn’t normally do at home so this will always be a big hit. The best thing is you probably already have everything you need at home so you don’t have to fork out on anything.
*Tip: You can make it more fun by adding in some fun games or arts and crafts too or literally just have a big feast.*
OK, granted your kids may be too young to watch a whole movie but if you can bear it, it will work the same with their favourite tv programme too. Maybe you just need some downtime to relax or just you just need a lazy pj day. But chilling out on the sofa watching something the whole family love will guarantee to pass the time.
*Top Tip: get some popcorn in and mix it up with some broken chocolate bars or chocolate pieces to make it more of a cinema experience*
I am really lucky that I have a great park on my doorstep and live really close to the River Mersey. It means we can take long walks along the Wirral coastline to help us get out and about for a few hours and get some fresh air. We used to do this on a weekly basis, sometimes even twice a week. But we got out of the habit and our Sunday walks dwindled away to nothing.
Even if you don’t have these on your doorstep, why not make a treasure map for your local area. This way you can get out and explore by foot on a new adventure. Maybe take some treats out with you for the ‘treasure’ at the end of the quest!
Have a ‘Yes’ Day
Get your child(ren) to write down some fun activities to do. They can be days out or just free/inexpensive things and spend the day going through their list and having a yes day. My sister does this regularly with her youngest. She calls it ‘(her name) day’. For example, I would ask Olivia of some ideas for things she would like to do together and then we would have an ‘Olivia day’ when we do as many as we can. This is a great way to keep the kids entertained in January doing things they really want to do.
Use What You Have at Home
By using what you already have at home you can have so much fun without spending any money. The lovely Morgan over at Morgan’s Milieu has some great ideas too!
- read together
- write a story
- put on a talent show
- have an art and craft day
- make a blanket fort
- play board games
- put on a fashion show
What tips do you have to help keep the kids entertained in January? Also, any top tips for using any (ha!) leftover chocolate bars will be greatly appreciated!