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Need some ideas for keeping the kids busy over the term break?
Holidays can be a great time to bond with your children and maybe even let your own inner child come out to play.
Start by planning in advance and if possible 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.
Here are 16 ideas that you can chose from.
1.Make your own games.Get a supply of colored cards, childrens 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.(Note: You will probably have to help out with smaller children.)
2. Cooking and baking.Plan a cooking or baking day. Involve the kids in the process from the beginning let them chose from a selection of recipes that you have ingredients for. Step by step, help them to work through the instructions. Try to avoid the temptation of doing it yourself.
3. Make an obstacle course.Assemble an obstacle course, tables, boxes, buckets, chairs anything that can be jumped over, under or around. Tell the children to time each other around the obstacle course. The course can be completed on a bicycle, scooter, or simply by running.
4.Build a garden patch.Have a planting activity, like flowers, herbs, lettuce anything that grows quickly and gives them the satisfaction of having produced something. If your kids are small, just give them a spade, put on their old clothes, and let them loose.
5. Go on picnics.You dont have to go far to have a picnic pack up something simple like fruits and sandwiches. Youd be amazed how once it is packed in a plastic container and eaten on a blanket on the grass, how fun it will be.
6. Have a treasure hunt.Make a treasure map with clues to find some treasure you have hidden somewhere in the house or outside. It doesnt have to be expensive or big any little treat will be exciting when it is found outdoors.
7. Create a Diary.Encourage the little ones to keep a Diary or scrapbook. They can take photos of special days and draw about them. It will become a lovely memory book for them in the future.
8. Get jamming.Grab some musical instruments things like bongos, shakers or tambourines, and get jamming. Get your kids to sing and dance along.
9. Paint.One of the nicest ways to express your creativity is to use paint. Get large sheets of paper and lots of paint. To avoid any stress, prepare the area well and cover with plastic or newspaper. Have some water on hand to wash when you are finished.
10. 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.
11. Sketching.Go to a local park to sketch/draw. Prepare their own sketch pads and pencils, and they were encouraged to draw what they saw around them. They all had so much fun and want to make it a regular date.
12. Go swimming.If you are lucky enough to live close to the sea or a swimming pool, go swimming when possible. Swimming has a calming effect on children and the amount of energy used in the water means that they wont be quite as active when they get home.
13. Take nature walks.Go on nature walks with a purpose. On the beach, collect shells and stones to later make a shell castle or shell and stone sculptures. In the forest, get kids to seek out different sorts of bugs, plants or trees. Alternatively, give them a map to plot the route you are taking. By giving them control and a plan will ensure they dont get bored too quickly.
14. Visit the library.Use your local library regularly. In most libraries you can get more than books; you can get movies and music. Make a day out of it. Do some reading while youre there instead of getting some books and heading home.
15. Organize some play dates.Plan some play dates and invite friends over. While they spend time with their friends it may give you the opportunity to get some work done and perhaps even connect with other parents.Plusthe invite may be returned some day.
16. Have a Chill Day.With all that activity planned, kids will also need some down time. Make sure you plan some days where you just chill, watch some movies, read some books, and take it easy.[:]