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NI mums on why keeping children happy during coronavirus lockdown isn't simply kids play

Three NI mums talk to Stephanie Bell about how they juggle with home-schooling, creative ideas to keep their youngsters amused and making learning fun for them

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Outside class: Gayle with Hayden and Finn in the family garden

Outside class: Gayle with Hayden and Finn in the family garden

New approach: Gayle Alexander and kids Hayden and Finn having fun in their garden den

New approach: Gayle Alexander and kids Hayden and Finn having fun in their garden den

Busy time: Orla Keating and her son, Elliott during the coronavirus lockdown

Busy time: Orla Keating and her son, Elliott during the coronavirus lockdown

Busy time: Orla Keating and her son, Elliott during the coronavirus lockdown

Busy time: Orla Keating and her son, Elliott during the coronavirus lockdown

Nature lessons: Aideen Sweeney and her son, Ruairi, go for walks as part of their day

Nature lessons: Aideen Sweeney and her son, Ruairi, go for walks as part of their day

Outside class: Gayle with Hayden and Finn in the family garden

The challenge of keeping young children amused during 10 weeks of lockdown has tested many parents across Northern Ireland to the limit.

And those who are already juggling working from home with schooling their children have also had to get creative to help their little ones use up their unspent energy.

Three working mums today share the ideas they have come up with to help keep boredom at bay during the long hours confined to home.