The cure for toddler boredom


When it’s winter and playschool closes, parents’ hearts sink. Cue weeks of energetic cabin-fevered kiddies. If your little ones don’t cope when their routines are ruffled, you need these clever time-wasting ideas that will give you a moment’s peace.

When your kids have been watching too much TV, it’s time to get out the paints, crayons and play dough. A trip to the library is also a fun way to get out of the house and be sheltered from the rain, and bonus: new reading material to keep them occupied.

Stocking up on sticker and activity books is also a great idea.

But eventually even that can get tiresome. That’s when you need to get more creative. And in case you’re not feeling inspired, here are some ideas for every age.


Toddlers have particularly short attention spans. So keeping these little hands and mind occupied can be extra time consuming. We've rounded up some great activities for those rainy days when the cabin fever just gets too much.

There are even some great post-rain activities for your little ones, and don't worry about the mess, moms, Johnson's Gentle Protect range has you and your little one covered. 


Preschoolers are a little more keen to get into crafts and so might be more easily pried from the TV. Here are some more advanced crafts to keep your little ones busy.

Primary school and teens

School-going kids and teens are easier left to their own devices but they can still easily get bored when the holidays are dragging on. Here are some things to keep them occupied when they start complaining that there is nothing to do. 

How do you keep your kids occupied during the winter school holidays? Send us your thoughts to

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