Awesome ideas for keeping kids busy over the 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.
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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