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Entertaining your kids can be a tricky business at the best of times, and it's even more difficult during holidays.

We've put our thinking caps on and come up with 41 great ways to keep your kids busy, whatever the weather and their age.

So, if you're desperate to drag them away from the TV and games console, we've got 41 ways to keep your kids busy, no matter what age they are.

1. Get them in the kitchen

There are loads of simple recipes you can try out with your children. If you're concerned about them getting things in and out of the oven, then why not try making chocolate crispy bars, which have to be chilled in the fridge.

If they really love it, then why not challenge them to come up with different sandwich fillings for their tea? They many not particularly enjoy the results, but you're teaching them about taste, as well as having fun!
Best for: Girls and boys
Age: As soon as they can reach the table or worktops

2. Go fly a kite

Brighten up a windy day by going outside and flying a kite. You can buy kites from most toy shops, or you could have a go at making your own.
Best for: Girls and boys
Age: 5+

3. Teach them cross-stitch

Cross stitch is enjoying a new lease of life and is a great way to get kids involved in arts and craft. You can get special kits designed for younger children, so they won't hurt themselves on the needles and the pattern will be easier to follow.
Find out how to cross stitch here Best for: Girls
Age: 7+

4. Make paper planes

Use up all that scrap paper that was destined for the recycling and build a fleet of paper airplanes. Then you can launch them from an upstairs window, or in the back garden. You could make different kinds and see which one flies the furthest.
- Find ideas for different designs of planes
Best for: Boys
Age: 5+

5. Write a story

Use your imaginations and write a story together. It doesn't have to be original, the kids could write down their favourite fairy tale and just change the ending if they feel like it.

Another great idea is to write chain stories with friends. Each person writes a paragraph and then shows the final line only to the next writer. Once the final person has written their section, read the whole story out loud - it's usually pretty funny!
Best for: Boys and girls
Age: 6+

- Next: Have a go at tie-dying or making a sundial in part 2

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My hubby's nieces really love me they want me to play with them sometimes I don't want to it's soo hard I have my own child to look after sometimes we do sleepover but now I'm so tired please tell me some good ideas they love to pretend and play they make me princess and one of them become my prince hehe


do arty things like pictures and paintings xxxx

Sarah Berryman launched just last week to keep kids (and parents) happy on days when you can't or don't want to get out and about. Another rainy day, looking after a poorly child, or plannning for the long summer holidays, the site is packed full of simple activites from craft to getting active, and pretend play. Take a peek at our things to do, best buys and tips - all tried and tested by me and the kids !

Stan Byford

A great idea for keeping the kids active and enjoying themselves is to hire a bouncy castle for the day or weekend. I know many parents that may choose this option but be careful, if you do hire a bouncy castle make sure the owner has insurance cover, but more importantly and take it from someone who knows, get a short term insurance for yourself too. So many parents myself including hire bouncy castles for kids parties etc, but what I didn't know was if the owner of the castle isn't supervising it and there is an accident you are responsible and with compensation claims reaching as high as a million pound a £30 policy is well worth the peace of mind. I normally don't comment about things like this and it took me ages to find a great company that actually offers this cover, so thought I would share go to

Amelia Mimi Giselle Nickols

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