Stuck indoors with bored kids? Here are the Top 10 suggestions from our fb friends…

Last week we asked our facebook friends for suggestions to keep a couple of 7yr old twins entertained at home (it was raining – unusual for NI I know). So we have compiled a list of our favourites and here are the top 10. Enjoy!

10  Lego – every box a winner! – every house should own at least three buckets of lego. (Martin McAfee)

9. Jigsaws Another old favourite from Susan McKeever – check out Susan’s art exhibition – details at

8. Board Games – Monopoly, Kerplunk, Guess Who, Scrabble etc etc (thanks Jeff Whur!)

7. Photo Collage – make a collage from some old family photos (thanks to Margaret Ramm for that great idea).

6. Baking/Cooking – anything that involves making a mess – thanks Haly Mullen, Sioban Hagan and Stephanie Curry!

5.  Treasure Hunt with a map of the house and prizes – Jeff Whur was full of great ideas – thanks again Jeff.

4. Make Your Own Musical Instruments from elastic bands and empty cardboard boxes then let them make a music video! thanks Patrick for that suggestion – that would really go down well in our house!

3. Beading – if you have no beads cut up straws or use pasta? – suggested by  Tracey.

2. Family Fun Theatre get the old bed sheets and ends of make up and become their favourite fairy tale, or have an x factor party take turns at auditioning and judging my nieces and nephew love it!!!  Thanks Anthony (of Ant and Dick fame  who are at the Wedding Extravaganza at the Odyssey this weekend. That’s bound to be  firm favourite now it’s x-factor season!)

And my personal No 1 favourite comes from Patricia Macbride:-

1.Worm Racing. We spent a rainy afternoon in Dingle last week with arms and legs inside sleeping bags seeing who could crawl fastest along hall, stairs and landing. Ran it in several heats, two at a time with a grand final and a prize of a giant ice cream sundae for the winner (my 8 year-old). Downside – you’ll have to wash the sleeping bags afterwards. Upside – your floors will be immaculate!

Now even though this didn’t make it into the top 10 I just felt I had to give a big shout out to Jamie Merrins for his suggestion, and I quote ” next time you are havin dinner with the family…turn to your kids and tell them due to the economic downturn we are goin ta have to let one of you go.” – drastic times!!!!!!

Huge thanks to everyone who contributed – it certainly brightened up an otherwise wet and gloomy day.  Don’t forget if you are looking for something to do – adults and kids – check out