To make life easier, moms and dads often use little tricks to keep their kids happy and entertained…or at least to keep them out of trouble! Here are some of the best that we at Bright Side think every parent needs to know. You’ll be amazed at how simple they are and at how effectively they work!
Carve out a simple shape on a piece of potato, and give it to your child to use as a stamp for painting.
Water instead of paint
To keep your kid busy, let them paint the garden fence…using only water!
A little container for snacks
If you decide to give your child a snack, try to give it to them in a container with a lid like this. He or she will have to concentrate more on extracting the food from the container and will therefore eat less and be occupied for a longer amount of time.
A saucer for ice cream
It turns out there is actually a way to stop them covering everything in ice cream — cut a hole through a paper plate and pass the cone (or popsicle stick) right through it.
A sponge necklace
This is a great trick for keeping your child cool in the summer heat. Make a necklace out of pieces of sponge and periodically make the pieces wet and hang it around their neck.
An idea for those who want to sleep in the morning
If your kids are in the habit of waking you up early in the morning, try to arrange something beforehand to keep them occupied. It could be something as simple as a snack left in front of the TV (obviously, this one applies only if your kids are old enough to be left unsupervised).
A great way to stop your children from getting bored during a long journey is to give them reusable stickers which can be easily removed from glass.
A canvas for young minds
A child can be kept occupied for hours with drawing. A great way to facilitate this is to tape down some clear plastic sheets on the floor to give them a large canvas. Just remember to make sure they know where they can draw and where they can’t!
To make it easier for your kids to eat watermelon, and to make sure they don’t need a wash afterwards, slice it like this.
Helping with your workout
You can always ask your child to help you do your workout. That way they’ll be kept busy, but they will also fulfill a useful role at the same time.
A great alternative for a drawing activity is to mix some brightly colored chalk with water, give your kid a brush, and let them draw on the sidewalk with it.
Dried-out felt-tip pens
To revive old felt-tip pens that have dried out, put them in water. You end up with something similar to watercolor paints, which your child will enjoy drawing with.
A new role for an ice cube tray
An ordinary palette can often overflow when kids are around. So why not give your budding artist an ice cube tray to mix their paints in?
To stop your child from spilling soapy mixture everywhere when they’re blowing soap bubbles, attach the bottle to something static, like the leg of a chair.
Protecting your carpet
If you’re worried about keeping the floor clean, place your kid in a large tub — the mess will be contained.
A sheet under the dining table
Here’s another way to keep the floor clean. Simply put down a plastic sheet on the floor where your kid has their dinner.
Making your home safe
Ordinary Band-Aids are a great way to prevent curious fingers and other objects getting stuck in the plug sockets in your home.
Making use of the handles from a bag
Cut off the handles from a bag and fix them to a supermarket cart like this, and it’ll be easier to keep your child safe and close.
Making use of old boxes
Don’t rush to throw out old cardboard boxes. Kids can have a lot of fun with them!
And adults can too!
A handy little hook
A little hook like this is great for storing your kid’s bib between meals.
Always use a box like this to store your kid’s food while on a journey. Keep it fresh by putting a few ice packs at the bottom.
A basket to replace the bath
When it comes to bath time, a laundry basket is a great substitute for a tub.
A whole city on the asphalt
Draw a town map on the sidewalk which shows your home, the school, and the houses of your friends and relatives. A task like this can occupy your child for hours on end.
A shower cap and a coffee cup lid
This special shower cap protects a baby’s eyes from shampoo and water.
To turn a coffee cup lid into a drip catcher, push the popsicle stick through the spout of an upside-down plastic lid.