Awe­some ideas for keep­ing kids busy over the hol­i­days

Central Otago Mirror - - EASTER HOLIDAYS -

Need some ideas for keep­ing the kids busy over the sum­mer break? Hol­i­days can be a great time to bond with your chil­dren and maybe even let your own in­ner child come out to play.

But it can also be a stress­ful time when kids can mis­be­have be­cause of bore­dom. It’s best to put a lit­tle bit of ad­vanced plan­ning into the sum­mer hol­i­days and pre­pare your­self with an ar­se­nal of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep the lit­tle ones out of mis­chief.

Start by plan­ning each week in ad­vance. If the kids know they have things to look for­ward to it will make for hap­pier more re­laxed chil­dren.

Also be sure to get the chil­dren in­volved in the plan­ning. They will be less likely to com­plain about the ac­tiv­i­ties cho­sen if they have taken part in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

Have a range of ac­tiv­i­ties to select from: stuff to do at home, in the gar­den, out­doors, and the odd ac­tiv­ity that cost money to do.

Here are some ideas that you can choose from.

Make your own games.

Get a sup­ply of coloured cards, chil­dren’s scis­sors, glue and any­thing else you may want to make some fun games. Games like Pin the Tail on the Don­key or Snakes and Lad­ders can all be eas­ily made at home and will keep the chil­dren oc­cu­pied for some time.

Plan cook­ing or bak­ing day. In­volve the kids in the process from the be­gin­ning — let them choose from a selec­tion of recipes that you have in­gre­di­ents for. If the child can read, get them to read

Cook­ing and bak­ing.

from the recipe book. Step-by-step, help them to work through the in­struc­tions. Try to avoid the temp­ta­tion of do­ing it your­self.

Old pieces of wood, boxes, buck­ets, gar­den chairs — any­thing that can be jumped over, un­der or around. Tell the chil­dren to time each other around the course. It can be com­pleted on a bi­cy­cle, scooter, skate­board, or sim­ply on foot.

Make an ob­sta­cle course. Go on pic­nics.

You don’t have to go far to have a pic­nic — Pack a few things from out of the fridge and in the cup­boards at home. You’d be amazed how once it is packed in a plas­tic con­tainer and eaten on a blan­ket on the grass, how much the at­mos­phere makes the most bor­ing of sand­wiches ap­pear ex­cit­ing.

Make a trea­sure map with clues to find some trea­sure you

Have a trea­sure hunt.

have hid­den some­where in the gar­den. It doesn’t have to be ex­pen­sive or big — any lit­tle treat will be ex­cit­ing when it is found out­doors, and Easter is a great time to do this as you can turn it into a hunt for Easter eggs.


One of the nicest ways to ex­press your chil­dren’s cre­ativ­ity is with the use of paint. Get large sheets of pa­per and lots of paint.

Let them go mad and use their hands and feet. To avoid any stress, pre­pare the area well and cover with plas­tic or news­pa­per. Have some water on hand to wash them when they are fin­ished.

Get into jew­ellery mak­ing.

Go to a bead shop and stock up on beads, wire and clasps, and get busy mak­ing your own jew­ellery. This ac­tiv­ity can be done with the small­est of chil­dren, just be sure to get ap­pro­pri­ate bead sizes for dif­fer­ent age groups. The chil­dren will be so proud to wear the jew­ellery that they have made.

Go swim­ming.

In this beau­ti­ful area of the coun­try, chil­dren are spoilt for choice when it comes to swim­ming op­tions, with a range of fab­u­lous swim­ming pools and the lake at their doorstep.

Spend an af­ter­noon at the pool or the late, weather per­mit­ting, and they are cer­tain to have fun whilst us­ing up plenty of en­ergy.


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