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Three ideas to entertain your kids with home essentials 

Do your kids get easily bored with their toys? Don't worry! With these ideas, we'll show you that even the most everyday object at home can become a game, if you put a little imagination into it. Check out these ideas to entertain your children with things you're sure to have at home.

We bet you've seen your kids having a blast with something they've picked up around the house rather than with their toys. If there's something kids have plenty of, it's imagination. But from time to time, it doesn't hurt to help them with game ideas using objects from around the house so that they don't get bored. Here are some different options you're sure to have a lot of fun with. Take note!

1. Fishing sweets

 

For this game, you will need the following:

  • A bar
  • A shower curtain
  • A pole
  • A length of string
  • A clothes peg
  • Envelopes or bags
  • Goodies or sweets

The first thing you'll need to do is place the bar with the curtain in a doorway. Then prepare your makeshift rod by tying a length of string to the pole and placing a clothes peg at the end of it. After this, fill several envelopes with your kid's favourite sweets or goodies and a few special surprises in each. Place them behind the curtain apart from each other.

To start playing, the kids should be placed in a queue on one side and you on the other next to the sweets. Each child has an opportunity to "fish" one of the envelopes from the other side. Our advice is to choose the order randomly to avoid arguments. You'll be next to the envelopes or bags and will hook the string to the nearest treat.

2. Limbo

 

If you're looking for a game where your kids need to be more active, this is perfect. With limbo, your kids will not only have a great time, but will also be improving their balance and agility. Of course, the adults can also join in for a spot of family fun. What are you going to need?

  • A bar
  • Coloured strips hung like a curtain
  • Your favourite music

Apart from the material, you'll also need to be up for some fun and dancing for this game to be a success.

Once you have everything, the first step is to place the rail with the curtain strips on a door. It's important that you have enough space in front of and behind it to move freely.

The next step will be to get everyone in a queue and pass underneath one by one to the rhythm of the music, trying to lean back as much as possible. To make it even more interesting and for a spot of healthy competition, you can put stickers with names to show how low each of you managed to go! May the best person win!

3. Hanging gifts

 

This game is great for those days when your little ones ask for a gift or you're throwing a party at home with a few of their friends. The idea is to turn the act of giving them a gift into something a little more special and exciting. To prepare this game, you will need the following:

  • A bar
  • Coloured ribbons
  • Small stuffed toys or dolls
  • A cloth to cover their eyes
  • Baby scissors
  • Paper and pencil

Once you have everything, place the bar in a doorway or between a wardrobe and a wall. Tie the ribbons to the bar and tie the stuffed animals onto the ends of them.

After this, prepare a number of questions about their favourite films (or any other topic you like) and write them down with the correct answers on little bits of paper.

Ask each child a question; when they get it right, it's their turn to collect their prize. To make it more fun, cover their eyes; very carefully, they'll have to cut one of the ribbons to be able to take home one of the stuffed animals.

Which of these games do you think your little one will like the most? If you are out of ideas, here are a few articles with more games to keep boredom at bay in your home.

We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return.