For many parents, keeping the kids entertained is not always an easy task. When there’s an Xbox, Playstation or Nintendo Wii lying around it is pretty much impossible to drag the children away from computer games. However, having fun doesn’t have to involve being stuck indoors or even having a lot of money. They say the best things in life are free and we hope this list of free games for kids proves this statement right! 5. Marbles A classic game that can be played by anyone of any age. Requiring good hand-eye coordination, judgement and accuracy this is definitely a way of improving a child’s patience. Not only this, but the rules are relatively open to interpretation! 4. I Spy Something Certainly, one to improve observation and estimation, this simple game can be played almost anywhere including in the garden, in the car or simply out and about in town. It can be played by two to five players and involves the questioner only answering yes or no while others try to identify the object the questioner is thinking of. 3. Magic It is common knowledge that children love to witness magic tricks. What better way to keep them entertained than actually enabling them to learn tricks themselves? A simple illusion involving household items such as a cup, cutlery, paper and coins may be a fantastic way to introduce magic. Additionally, card tricks are always a great way to impress the adults! 2. Origami or Paper Crafts This is an excellent way of allowing your child to be creative and express themselves through art. Providing your child with the freedom to make what they want will go a long way to enhancing their imagination. Simple involving coloured paper and colouring pencils or crayons, you can ensure your children will be safely amused. 1. Hopscotch or Skipping Surely the ultimate game to get your children active outside is hopscotch! A highly popular playground game, this has been around for years in one form or another. Ideal for playing in the garden, all this game involves is creating a simple court where you can hop onto each designated space after throwing a marker. When a player misses a square or loses balance, they lose their turn. The first player to complete one course for every numbered square on the court wins the game. This can also be made as easy or as difficult as you wish. We hope this list has given you some great ideas for keeping the kids entertained in a safe and enjoyable environment. With so many other pricey games available, we believe that the best source of fun is actually the ones that involve no amount of money which tend to be the more versatile ones. Remember these games will also keep the adults active too!