We know being a parent means having less cash, which is why we love these instant games that cost nada.

Our rules were simple – one, stuff we’ll definitely have at home; two, nothing we’ll have to replace afterwards, and three, fun stuff they can do by themselves.

1 Empty the shoe cupboard and set up a shoe shop.

2 Make a den using sheets and chairs.

3 Create a rainbow using coloured objects from around the house.

4 Hide treasure (one of their toys) and search for it.

5 Make a marching band with drums (wooden spoons and pans), percussion (spoons) and brass (toot into rolled-up magazines).

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Article written by Sara Conway
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