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  • 'Anak, House-Zoona Lang Muna Tayo': Look How These Moms Created An Indoor Playground

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'Anak, House-Zoona Lang Muna Tayo': Look How These Moms Created An Indoor Playground
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Jen Balanay and Berns Lazo
  • We're all going to be stuck at home for at least two more weeks. We're all anxious to go out, but the good thing is when parents and kids are bored, they come up with great ideas. (Click here to find out why letting your kids get bored is a good thing!)

    Two mom friends Jen Balanay and Berns Lazo shared with Smartparenting.com two simple but bright ideas to turn their own homes into a 'House-zoona.' If the term sounds familiar to you, you know why kids are insisting to go there to spend at least a couple of hours of play and fun. 

    Kidzoona is a play place that lets kids pretend they're a cook or a doctor and more. You can easily replicate this if you have cooking playsets or doctor play sets at home. You may have some lying around in your child's playroom that has not been touched for a long time. 

    Jen'
    s daughter Daphne, 3, enjoys "cooking" at home.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Berns Lazo
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    No cooking sets? Let them use plastic but real cooking tools. Better yet, why not let them help you prep your meal! That's as real as play pretend gets! 

    Here's Jen's son Niño, 2, helping squash eggs to make a sandwich filling!
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Jen Balanay
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    Pay play places are also a safe space where they can immerse in a ball pit, jump up and down in an inflatable playground, and slide all they can. Here's how these moms replicated these at home.

    Inflatable swimming pool-turned-ball pit

    Daphne lying on an empty inflatable pool and plastic balls! 
    PHOTO BY COURTESY OF BERNS LAZO
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    Mom of three Berns turned a small inflatable pool and filled it with multi-colored plastic balls for her daughter Daphne Elyse. Add water, and it turns into water play. Without an inflatable pool, your trusty batya will do! No plastic balls? It's okay, just get his bath toys! 

    DIY slide out of an appliance box and empty milk cans

    1,2,3, slide! Jen's son Niño, 2, can use the slide, no matter how many times he wants.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Jen Balanay

    Preschool teacher and mom Jen taped large milk cans onto the steps of their staircase and placed a washing machine box over it to create a slide for her son Niño.

    Niño's DIY slide is made of large milk cans and a washing machine box.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Jen Balanay
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    Of course, you need to use strong tape for this one and always supervise your child when they're using it. It may be a while since there's no or fewer kids to share it with. 

    What about a trampoline? Well, there's the bed! Often, it only takes non-expensive stuff lying around the house to keep kids entertained and busy. 

    How have you been keeping kids busy at home? Share with us your creations or your kids' anti-boredom antics. Want more boredom busters? Click here.

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