I've been a parent for over 18 years and an early childhood educator for over 23 years now. In that time I've learnt to have a few tricks up my sleeve to ensure the children don’t mutiny on me! They are the little time, money and sanity saving ideas that have helped me to become the parent and educator I am today (well if we are being honest that would be old, tired and just a touch crazy now obviously – no just joking, I’m still sane I promise….just)Those little tips, tricks and ideas that we all have rolled up our sleeves now have a new name MUMMY HACKs …Don’t you love it, makes us sound a little wise and clever I think!
DAIRYLEA , the cheese brand that is much loved in the UK is making it’s way to Australian shores and they are celebrating the launch of their new range by asking the Mums of Australia to share their own MUMMY HACK ideas…just like the ones that have helped keep me partially sane as a parent for the last 18 years!
I know you have some of your own and by sharing and submitting your own fabulous Mummy Hack to the DAIRYLEA site you could win yourself a fantastic Queensland family holiday! Oh yes please!(Does *family holiday * mean I have to take the kids though you think?)
A MUMMY HACK might come from your own experience as a parent juggling the demands of a busy family life or it might be a treasured piece of wisdom passed down from Mum or Grandma! Your MUMMY HACK might just provide some emotional and practical support to another busy ,time poor parent if you share with us all!
Over the years I have found many ways to save time and money but still keep the kids busy even on the rainiest, temper tantrum filled day and I thought you might like to use a few yourself so here are my top 15 MUMMY HACKS for keeping the kids entertained!
15 Creative and Budget Friendly MUMMY HACKS to keep the Kids Busy!
1. Clean out your pantry
Any dry, out of date ingredients make perfect fillers for a sensory bin. I use one of those under the bed storage containers with a lid, pour rice, beans, lentils or whatever you have that has reached its best before date into the tub, throw in a few plastic cups, spoons and bowls and you now have time for that cuppa in peace as the kids explore.
2. Turn empty roll on deodorant bottles into paint applicators
3. Empty the baking cupboard and use those muffin trays as paint pot holders to keep the spilt paint at bay.
4. Cut the side of plastic bottles to make scoops for sand, rice and gravel play just like the brilliant Learn with Play at Home did with this measuring activity
5. Make your own cornflour paint and glue that lasts a week and saves you money
6. Don’t want to clean up another mess but your toddler is in a creative mood? I’ve got you covered with this ‘mess free’ painting activity.
7. Put a kitchen sponge into a recycled takeaway container to make your very own paint sponge pad – perfect to make sure toddlers don’t use more paint than they need to!
8. Store liquid paint in recycled sauce bottles and ensure you only need a quick squeeze to get the paint you need for craft time rather than a huge dollop from the bottle that will probably go to waste
9. Turn old bath sponges and fruit/onion net bags into a fun sensory painting tool
10. Explore more mess free painting using the chalkboard and some water
12. Use a cork pot board, some thumbtacks and a few rubber bands and older children can make their own geoboard like this one over at An Everyday Story.
13. Wash your empty juice bottles and turn them into a fun paint squirting activity
14. Cut up your empty paper towel rolls and they quickly become an easy toddler threading activity
15. Add a few non slip sticky dots to the bottom of those really annoying little dress up shoes that every child seems to love but cause heartache when you have slippery floors!
But I would love a Queensland holiday more and I bet you would too so why not stop by the DAIRYLEA competition website now and share your clever #MUMMYHACK . The best #MUMMYHACKs submitted will also feature on the Facebook page and Website. Remember, a MUMMY HACK can be anything that makes life easier or provides some practical help for parents!
I can’t wait to read yours….I have 4 your old twins and a teenager…I need all the help I can get!
This post is brought to you with thanks to Dairylea Cheese