YOU: Find your FUN side with these playful parenting tips

15 November 2018
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Why so serious? Parenting these days demands a lot from us and often it's our own sense of fun that gets left behind. No more! Here are some ways to unlock your playful side!

  • Have a dance party in the living room – turn the music up load and make up some awesome dance moves (a good chance to listen to some of your favourite tracks, too!)
  • Arts and crafts. Yes, there will be a mess to tidy up afterwards, but most kids love getting crafty. A good hour or two getting arty with the kids is well worth the ten minute tidy up afterwards.
  • Make your own playdough or slime. Loads of good, easy recipes can be found on Pinterest.
  • Have a game of hide and seek. An easy game that gets the kids (and you) moving.
  • Do an exercise video or play a kinetic game on the Playstation. We all know regular exercise benefits our brains and our bodies so it’s a win-win.
  • Let the kids make you over. Hairstyles, nail polish, even a natural face pack.
  • Head to the shops. Even a trip to the supermarket can become a fun activity rather than a dreaded chore. Get the kids to help find the groceries, or hand them a shopping list or pictures of what you need (cut out of a magazine) and get them to cross them off for a game of supermarket bingo.
  • Go for a walk. Anywhere. Fresh air works wonders for us and them.
  • Have a game of Uno. It’s an easy one to fit in between chores. Play first to three.
  • Get your kids to come up with a list of the things they want to do. Try and cross one off each week and replace it with another.
  • Get the face paints out. Let the kids choose what they want to be and go for it. Then it’s their turn…
  • Organise a treasure hunt. If you use items from around the home it’s fairly easy and you can think up the clues the night before.
  • Make a slip’n’slide with a tarpaulin, water and washing up liquid.
  • Make a cubby under the dining table.
  • Give the kids a camera for the day and print out their photos. They can write a story based around them.

Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for fun activities to do with your kids. Check out our favourites at

What are your favourite ways to get playful with the kids? 

Written by

Kerry White

Kerry is the Senior Writer for Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City. Kerry moved to Australia from England in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. She worked as a sub-editor in London for seven years before she had her girls. She now calls the Sunshine Coast her home and is making the most of its glorious weather and beaches. She enjoys baking, especially when she has a glass of wine in hand, and is a part-time Psychology, Criminology and Justice student. She also shares her home with two cats and her daughters' imaginary dogs.

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