Ideas to keep your children busy during break
During school holiday time it can be difficult to find activities for your children to do. At this time of year there are plenty of classes for the kids to attend and when the weather allows it take them outdoors. There’s nothing more fun (and tiring) for children than trying out a new activity such as swimming. As well as giving them the opportunity to develop a new skill, an activity like this keeps them fit and healthy. Sports of all types are ideal for bored school students who want to try something new. There’s a sport out there that suits everyone, whether it’s individual or team based, it’s a matter of finding out what you’re good at ... and the holiday period allows the perfect time to test out something new. Remember to have a supply of indoor distractions to occupy your children if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Books provide a magical place for children to escape to and watching DVDs are an alternative method of keeping your kids and their friends at bay for a few hours. While also offering them time to relax and unwind. Board games are fantastic for keeping children engrossed in a challenge and provide the perfect excuse for the whole family to get together and spend quality time with each other. Puzzles can be challenging too. For outdoor activities or day trips away do your homework first and plan what you can all do while there. This may be as easy as a trip to the lake front or nearby river bed with a picnic lunch. Remember you don’t have to spend a fortune to make it a memorable day. Buy an inexpensive throw away camera and let them record the event on film so they can spend time making a scrapbook. This will bring out their creative side and can equate to endless hours of fun. Find out all the free attractions you can visit including museums, parks and walking tracks. Ring your local Citizens Advice Bureau to find out what programmes are running in your region. Often some activities are free, or have a small charge. For the more adventurous, you may want to plan a trip away, to Gore, Te Anau, Manapouri or Stewart Island or even Invercargill. An array of exciting activities are on tap including ice-skating, jet boating and ferry rides. For those on a budget swimming pools and the movies are a just a snippet of activities that won’t break the bank. Or you could get artistic, buy a bucket of chalk and let them draw a masterpiece on the footpath or patio. Paint and crayons are other cheap alternatives that will keep them busy for ages. Just remember the holiday’s may be a pain but with some careful planning a great time can be had by everyone in the family. Chill out and enjoy the time spent together.