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Mama Needs a Break

Hello fellow mamas! Who doesn't need a lovely little break here and there. Check out my most trusted ways of how to keep your kids entertained for a full 30 minutes. Yes you read that right 30 minutes of time for yourself while your kids entertain one another. What better way to celebrate that new found time alone than by picking up a new book.  I got you covered mama, below you can enter a wonderful giveaway by Oxford Momma.

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Outdoor Play This is my number one way to get some time to myself. My kids can dig in a pile of dirt or sand for a good 30 minutes BUT we don’t have a fence. I usually park myself at the end of our yard and enjoy the sun. Sure the kids wander over from to time and crawl all over me, but still it’s magically peaceful when you step outside.

Hidden Toys Hide some old toys for a few days then pull them out like you went and got them a new surprise! This works so good with my 1 1/2 year old but I think my 3 year old is starting to catch on.

Art Sometime art can get messy but here is what I do. I have a big plastic sheet I roll out and then I wrap our foldable baby gate (can be found here) around that. They hardly notice because they are so excited to paint. Then I pull out our art bucket and place it in the middle. As they are grabbing things out I run and fill the bath for them , lay out towels and clothes. I then get a good 20 minutes in before they are painted head to toe and have to toss them into the prepared bath. I roll everything up and stuff it in the bin for next time. Minimal clean up!

Play Doh This also entertains them for a good 20-30 minutes. They each get a cookie sheet and play doh, with toys and knick knacks to poke around with it. They are so good at keeping it contained in the cookie sheet and love making new little things.

Movie I don’t know how my kids don't enjoy movies but I have found the secret! I make a quick fort, pillows, blankets and all the stuffed animals. Pop some pop corn and give them smoothies. For some reason this combo is just enough to keep them focused on a movie for 30 minutes.

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Looking for more?

33 Ways Non Screen Activities for Kids by Easy Mommy Life here

Kiddie Videos based on Kiddie Lit by This is Real Mom here

Indoor Games for Kids by Mommy Republic here

4 Genius Play Ideas to Build Skills by New Mommy Bliss here

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7 Comments

  • Reply Meg

    Great suggestions! My kids love to build forts with our old pack & play. A movie some days is the only way I get some blogging time during the day!

    March 15, 2018 at 8:47 am
    • Reply Rosie

      I can never count on squeezing bloggin in during the day!! I feel like it’s just one of those things that takes time… I love the idea of pulling out the pack n play 🙂

      March 17, 2018 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Justine

    Hi Rosie
    Who doesn’t need more ideas on how to keep the kids busy, I love the idea of keeping a movie interesting and making them a fort tent. Will definitely be trying these with my little ones.

    March 15, 2018 at 9:06 am
    • Reply Rosie

      Thanks!! It helps the day when you have a spare minute or two here and there 🙂

      March 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Carolina

    Great tips for a mom with small kids!

    March 16, 2018 at 4:38 am
  • Reply Angie

    These are great ideas! My daughter gets distracted with most of these except watching a movie. She will not stay still to watch tv or a movie. She’s an active girl and wants to be moving around. Maybe as she gets older she’ll grow into liking movies.

    March 17, 2018 at 8:24 pm
    • Reply Rosie

      That happened with my son 🙂 He finally likes movies enough to watch a little bit but really neither of my kids have ever been super into them. Have you heard of Daniel Tiger? My kids LOVE that show and it’s short enough that I don’t feel guilty letting them watch it.

      April 5, 2018 at 2:22 pm

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