Play Ideas for a Tired Mama

Play Ideas for a Tired Mama
We’ve been keeping things simple around here lately. Rocky is teething, I’m super tired, and Pebble… well, she’s still three and still FULL of energy. Here are some ideas for simple play that you can try with your kids, even when you’re super tired.

Play Ideas for a Tired Mama

Play with water

This simple water play was set up using a bubble gun, some bottle tops in a container of soapy water and two buckets ready for filling and pouring. I didn’t expect this to end up where it did – nudie runs around the back yard! Perhaps it’s cooler weather where you are? You could try making rainbow puddles or some fun bath play. Water play can be set up in minutes – all you need is a tap, bath or hose. No fancy stuff.

play with water

Get outside

Go for a walk, visit the park, play in your back yard. Or try one of these outdoor play ideas. We are very lucky to have this big space right across the road from our house. Sunshine will boost your mood too, no matter how tired you are.

get outside

Walk on the beach

I know I said that I hate the beach – I hate swimming in the sea. I do love walking and playing on the beach. It can feel like a big effort to get the kids into the car, but once you’re there you will feel so relaxed. The kids can put their toes in the sand, make natural sculptures from shells, seaweed and other treasures, and splash about in the shallows. We have a lovely beach just 20 minutes from our house. If you don’t live near the sea try finding a local river or lake to visit instead.

walk on the beach

Play pretend animals

Put on some dress ups, play charades, make some animals from recycled bits and pieces or just use your imagination. No equipment needed, no time required to set up, just start barking like a dog and see what happens (you’re already feeling barking mad from lack of sleep, right?).

Aussie Animals Charades - children learn about Aussie Animals with this role playing game

Build a house for the toys

Pebble and I made this house using old nappy boxes. It’s nice to be able to put them to good use. If you don’t have any large boxes at home try asking at your local supermarket. They often have a big collection of boxes that would love to be turned into something creative. If you’re looking for some inspiration for making creative structures with cardboard, take a look at this Cardboard City over at Paint on the Ceiling. I love this idea because you can apply it to whatever bits and pieces you have at home – even if it’s just the box from the chocolate chip cookies you opened for breakfast.

build a house for the toys

Or try one of these cool ideas from the The Kids Co-Op

(ideas will magically appear after 1:30pm Adelaide time on Thursday, 26 September!)

6 Replies to “Play Ideas for a Tired Mama”

  1. when I’m feeling like that we usually head outside too
    painting the fence with water, sand pit cooking, chalk pictures
    or just running around!

    great suggestions Kylie

  2. These look like such fun ideas! I always want to turn on the T.V. when I need the kids out of my hair. I try to keep a bunch of simple ideas (like these) in my mind, though, so I don’t turn to the T.V. as much. Thanks for all these ideas!

  3. For a tired Mumma, you have lots of great ideas Kylie! The girls are lucky to get one good idea from me when I’m tired. :) Sounds like you live in an ideal spot. We ventured to the beach on Monday for Cherub’s birthday, took us over an hour to get there, but we had a great time :) xx

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