11 ways to entertain the kids at home


11 ways to entertain the kids at home

1. Level up your dessert game

If you know a little someone who’ll do anything for marshmallows, chocolate and a doughnut, here’s how you can combine them all! Get the kids in the kitchen with this quick and easy S'mores recipe from Woolworths… You’ll have them bringing you breakfast in bed before you know it.

2. Create this DIY home cinema extravaganza

Recreate the cinema experience at home with your own projector from JB Hi-fi. Turn off the bright lights, hang up the fairy lights, grab a fluffy blanket and snuggle up on the couch with the fam. Nothing says, ‘movie night’ like freshly popped popcorn, either. You can purchase your very own popcorn machine from Kmart and Target, for the full movie night experience.

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3. Bring back Cluedo

Looking for ways to encourage the kids to part with their beloved screens? There’s so much fun to be had with traditional board games, card games, dress ups, puzzles and scavenger hunts. Trusty favourites like Cluedo, Monopoly and Operation are begging for a rerun at a time like this – head to Target, BIG W, Read On Books and Kmart to stock up now.

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4. Try the latest in LEGO

As generations of kids will attest, LEGO enables kids to use their imagination and get creative indoors for hours on end. It’s the perfect way to spend a day at home! (Just don’t step on any of the pieces… trust us, we’ve all been there.) Get inspired with 50 LEGO DUPLO® activities – from a shadow theatre to flick football.

Pro tip: we also recommend subscribing to LEGO Masters Australia for family entertainment loaded with fun, action, drama and humour.

5. Outsource babysitting to this podcast

In case you missed it, BIG W has created soundwaves across Australia with the launch of a first-of-its-kind podcast series, featuring Australia’s favourite children’s group – The Wiggles. The series marks a first for BIG W, demonstrating their investment in making a real difference for families who are seeking support and inspiration during lockdown.

Aussies can tune in to the podcast series now, with the eight-part series free to download here or Search for ‘Big W Free Books for Kids’ wherever you listen to your podcasts. Win!

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6. Add novelty stationery to the homeschool routine

Whether you need pencils or educational books from home, Target and Kmart have you covered. Need some organisation amongst the chaos with the kids at home? Newsagency on 2 has gorgeous diaries and planners will help you sort your week. A boost of cute stationery is bound to keep the kids (and you) motivated!

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7. Let’s take this outside

Are your kids itching to get outdoors? Why not set up in a tent in the backyard for the weekend. Kmart and Target have all the goods to get you started and you’ll feeling like a camping pro in no time.

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8. Throw a pyjama party

As the weeks get chillier and the kids spend the majority of their day inside, now is the perfect time to refresh your pyjama wardrobe! Why not get a matching set for the whole family from Target. Nothing says ‘pyjama party’ quite like a pair of flannos and comfy socks, accompanied by hot cocoa and Frozen 2.

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9. Host a teddy bear tea party

A crowd favourite with small children that stands the test of time. Grab a picnic blanket, your kids’ favourite teddy bears and set up morning tea in the living room. You’ll find a tea set for every occasion at Kmart . If you’re looking for delicious treats, stock up on high tea essentials such as scones and lammingtons at Coles and Woolworths. Sure, you might need to vacuum afterwards – but surely there’s a game to be made of that…

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10. Let superhero costumes save the day

Do your kids love dressing up to battle their mortal enemies? Let them become their alter ego for a day. If you need to top up the costume wardrobe, make sure you set aside some time to browse extensive ranges from Kmart, Big W and Kidstuff. There’s a costume for everyone… just good luck getting the kids out of them at bedtime.

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11. Personalise your fridge magnets

Happen to know a few crafty kids with some spare time on their hands who love decorating the fridge? Use this amazing kit from Riot Art & Craft to decorate your fridge, locker, whiteboard or filing cabinet with your own personalised magnetic tiles! This kit contains everything you need to embellish each magnet, with colourful paints and shiny adhesive gems all available to use, as well as some stylish stencils that’ll help you create your designs.

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Want more ideas? Stay tuned for even more boredom busters in the weeks to come. (And remember: when they nap, you nap.)