Hol­i­day fun ideas

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

Some ac­tiv­i­ties are best left for a rainy day. DVD ses­sions with home-popped pop­corn – cheaper than a fam­ily movie out­ing.

Make a fort in the lounge over fur­ni­ture, or around the clothes line with old sheets and pegs.

Set up a trea­sure hunt or scav­enger hunt with clues. Let them make a movie on your cam­era or phone; fun and a great time filler as they have to come up with a story, set and cos­tumes, then film it, edit it and show it. Have your own ‘‘cook­ing school’’, let­ting them loose in the kitchen, su­per­vised, for a day.

If they have lots of toys but com­plain about be­ing bored, put half away for a month then swap them over; they’ll be new again to your child.

Join the li­brary and the toy li­brary.

If they’re driv­ing you mad, take them for a walk in­stead of turn­ing on the TV, even if it’s cold or wet. Ex­er­cise, fresh air and con­ver­sa­tion is a win­ning com­bi­na­tion.

En­cour­age them to plant a gar­den – flow­ers, veges, or both. Choose fast-grow­ing seeds and seedlings so they don’t have to wait too long for re­sults and lose in­ter­est.

Sit down and read a book, play a game or do a puzzle with them. They’re only lit­tle for a short time so re­mind yourself why you wanted them and how im­por­tant it is to spend time with them if you want them to grow into re­spon­si­ble adults.

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Bored: Rain may get in the way of out­door fun but in­door ac­tiv­i­ties are just as en­tic­ing.

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