Mum shares hack for keeping the kids busy for hours in the garden – and all you need is chalk

KEEPING your kids entertained can be a mission – but one mum has come up with a very savvy idea. 

If you want to make sure your little one spends hours in the garden, all you need is some chalk. 

Then you draw a design on your wooden fence and get them to “hose” it off. 

The video, which has racked up over 130,000 views, showed how the parent had drawn on some flames and the writing “help, fire”.

The little boy could be seen dressed as a fire officer and was trying to “douse out” the flames using the hose to wash away the chalk. 

The video was captioned: “How to keep your kids busy in summer.”

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Parents were quick to comment their views on the hack – and many seemed keen to try it out for themselves.

One wrote: “Brilliant.”

A second commented: “Great idea, I’ve just done it for mine.”

However, not everyone seemed keen. 

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One said: “I’m sure the neighbour appreciates the flood on the other side of the fence.”

Another added: “Should teach them not to waste water.”

A survey last summer revealed 60 per cent of parents ran out of ideas when it came to keeping their kids occupied.

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Experts at were intrigued to find out which crafts will keep your child distracted the longest, and naturally, we'd love to know too.

Over 1,600 parents were sent a range of popular craft activities, and were asked to time and record the noise level of their child while they were involved in each craft.

Turns out, making slime, painting rocks and paper mâché came out on top, meaning kids could enjoy these crafts for the longest time without getting bored.

We admit, they aren't exactly the cleanest of activities, and they may leave you with a whole load of mess.

But it's a small price to pay for a little peace and quiet so we reckon it's worth a try.

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Slime is super easy to make at home too, you just need a few readily available ingredients to do it at home.

Meanwhile, if you're wondering what you shouldn't bother with, we have the answer for that too.

Finger paint and regular colouring should be avoided if you want some extra time, with the average child distracted after just nine minutes – definitely not worth the mess.

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