A basket filled with inexpensive games and crafts can give children a nice break from online studies. High school students enjoy these too.
Just fill a basket with brain teasers, Rubik’s cubes, paint sets, card games, etc. You may have an idea of your own. I purchase items from the dollar stores so my cost is minimal.
Brain teasers are great to take along for doctor/dental visits or long rides to games and activities. Of course, the paint sets are much easier to do on a table at home. All are a great alternative to tech devices.
You can place these items in a trick or treat bag, stocking, or travel bag. Even grown-ups like a distraction every now and then.
It doesn’t hurt to have a plate of brownies and glass of milk waiting for tired eyes. Who wouldn’t love a break like this?
I’ve included a quick and easy brownie recipe. Children will beg for more.
Amazing Brownie Recipe
- 1 box milk chocolate brownie mix (I purchase mine when they are a $1 a box).
- Bake according to directions in a 9×13 pan
- Frosting: Bring to boil 1 stick oleo, 1/2 cup milk, 4 tablespoons baking cocoa. Add 1 box powdered sugar and pour over cake while hot. Can top with chopped nuts. (If powdered sugar is lumpy, whisk it smooth).
The frosting is from my brownie sheet cake recipe and is delicious on brownies. Since it covers a sheet cake, you’ll want to make an extra pan of brownies. They’ll be gone before you know it, or you can freeze a pan for use at a later date.
Surprise children with a change of pace and watch their faces light up.