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Mum Hacks: Keeping the Kids Occupied so You Can Shower, Cook or Go to the Toilet in Peace!

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We all know that being a Mum is hard work. Not only are you constantly trying to meet the demands (and more often than not work out what they actually are!) and entertain your little ones, but you also say good bye to any uninterrupted periods of alone time as well as your privacy!

There are challenges to raising children regardless of their age, and two toddlers who both have incredibly short attention spans certainly make these unique. Whilst I love my boys to pieces and wouldn’t trade them for the world, sometimes I need just 20 minutes of peace to get dinner ready, tidy up or even go to the toilet and have a shower by myself!

As time passes and I find myself becoming more confident in this motherhood gig, the more savvy I get. When racking my brain for activities to keep my boys amused (and to give me some time to myself!), I cast my mind back to the toys and games which kept my sister and I amused back in the day, providing me the basis for my own play tips and tricks with my boys – these are my “Mum Hacks” – and this is where LEGO DUPLO comes into the picture.

Along with the fond memories of my own childhood that watching my kids play with LEGO DUPLO brings, I really love the fact that there are just so many ways my boys can use it in their everyday play including:

  • Stacking DUPLO bricks into their dump trucks and racing them around the house
  • Creating giant towers – which inevitably crash down!
  • Using their imaginations to create unique structures and designs

I like to call all of these activities my #DUPLOMumHacks, as they keep the boys occupied for a good 30 – 45 minutes, allowing me to get some jobs done! Another great mum hack I’ve created is this DUPLO Colours and Numbers Mat, which is a huge hit with our three year old. He is beginning to learn counting and colours and has lots of fun identifying what colour each brick is and putting them into stacks to count.

LEGO DUPLO mumhacks

To try this activity at home, all you need is:

The kids will have fun matching the bricks on the Colours mat and once they have had enough of that activity, they can put the right amount of bricks to match the numbers on the second mat.

legp duplo mumhacks

 

lego duplo mumhacks

As well as keeping the kids occupied while I get a few jobs like getting dinner ready, they are also learning as they play – a win-win!

What’s your tip to help make mums life easier? Upload your idea, using #DUPLOMumHacks, and be in with a chance to win a LEGO DUPLO prize pack.

Simply share them on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with #DUPLOMumHacks and tag me @mumslounge and youll go into the draw to win one of 3 x LEGO DUPLO prize packs valued at $60 each – each pack will include the LEGO DUPLO Airport set and the LEGO DUPLO Number Train.

Over the next 3 weeks (19 April 2015 – 10 May 2015) there will be one winner per week, chosen by me, for the mum with the best #DUPLOMumHacks. Competition closes 11.59 AEST 10 May 2015.

And if you still need some inspiration, head over to the LEGO DUPLO Facebook page to see all the other #DUPLOmumhacks! (Hint theres even another prize giveaway there too!)

 All entries uploaded using #DUPLOMumHacks will automatically go into the LEGO DUPLO Facebook Competition, please see additional T&C’s here 
By submitting an entry, each participant: (a) warrants and represents that he/she owns the rights to the content submitted and that the content submitted is: (i) original to him/her and has been legally obtained and created, (ii) does not infringe the intellectual property rights, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party; (b) grants the LEGO Group a worldwide, royalty free, perpetual license to, copy and reproduce the video or entry on the LEGO® website at www.LEGO.com, its websites and its social media channels; and (c) agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the LEGO Group against any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs and liabilities relating to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by LEGO DUPLO.  However all thoughts and opinions expressed here are the authors own.

Lauren Matheson

Lauren Matheson

Lauren founded her website Create Bake Make as a way to justify the ridiculous amount of baking she loves to do. She has a super sweet tooth and enjoying a slice of cake (or two) is one of her guilty indulgences. As a Mum of two little boys, when she isn't creating fun activities for the kids or breaking up arguments over toy trucks and cars, you will find her in the kitchen baking up a storm - or hiding in the pantry with the latest cooking magazine and a hot cup of coffee!

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