Kids. We love them, but they’ll drive you crazy if you let them. It’s not easy to deal with your children each and every day when you’re used to them being at school for 40 hours each week. Having them at home during the school holidays can be a significant challenge.
In a few days, our school holidays are starting and many parents will start thinking about ways we can entertain our children. Creating an armed strategy is crucial. If you do a couple of activities a day, the whole day will be sufficient and the holidays can never be extended.
Here are some simple cheap at-home play activities for children to enjoy a nice break from the holidays. This list offers an interesting range of affordable ideas for fun and relaxation. You might find these ideas helpful for your family who wants fun with their friends.
You hate to see them sit in front of the TV all day long, but you hate to hear them whine about being bored even more.
Having just finished months of homeschooling no one is completely happy about being cooped up at home during school holidays, but as a parent, you have the responsibility to navigate this challenge with some creative ways to keep kids entertained.
Use these creative ideas to keep your kids amused at home while maintaining your sanity:
Most kids love to write stories, make lists, and record ideas. If your child is one of those that likes to write, all they need is some paper and give them a writing task.
- Tell them to write a scary story about two friends lost in the woods.
- Maybe your child is older and would like to keep a journal.
- Story time. Write a story together. Take turns writing a couple of sentences. The next person has to pick up where the last person left off.
Regardless of age, there are many people that like to draw, paint, sculpt, colour, or cut and paste. Have an art hour each day.
- Watch a video on how to draw a face and practice together.
- Create a treasure map for a scavenger hunt by simply drawing out a map of your surroundings, and placing an X where the treasure is hidden.
- Give your child some chalk and tell them to play in the driveway. The activities are endless in the bucket filled with coloured chalk. The children can doodle on their driveway or footpath for hours!
- Completed works could be displayed in your new home art gallery.
- As well as being a great craft to keep kids busy, creating a COVID-19 time capsule will be a great way for them, or the whole family to remember this historic time in their life in years to come.
Gardening can be a lot of fun and is one of those year-round school holiday activities. It’s exciting to plant seeds in the back garden and watch them grow. Flowers, vegetables, berries, and herbs are all options. Try planting some foods that your child loves to eat.
Get out of the house and hike in the woods or visit a local park. Many parks have walking or hiking trails. It’s great to get a little bit of exercise and an easy way to change the scenery for an hour or two. It also suits all age groups.
Have a baking day. Kids love to bake. Depending on their age, some children need more help than others. Bake a cake. Make some cookies. Allow your child to fix or help with dinner. Try some new recipes.
Let your child remodel their room. It might be time for a new colour or a new desk. Perhaps the artwork on the walls is getting a little old. A new lamp? Give your child some freedom to make their own choices.
Has your child ever seen Goonies, The Karate Kid, or the original Star Wars? Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? Relive some of your favourite childhood movies with your children.
- They might laugh at the special effects or music found in a movie from the ’70s or ’80s, but that’s part of the fun.
- Talk about some of the differences between these old movies and the ones they normally see today.
Pogo stick? Hula hoop? Hopscotch? Old board games? Or maybe pull out some of their old toys from the attic or garage.
Build a birdhouse, treehouse, doghouse, tent or fort using large sheets or cardboard boxes. Create something out of popsicle sticks or toilet rolls holder. Construct a raised flower bed. Build some shelves.
As adults, we are probably over Zoom but young kids may want to act like mum or dad did while having a Zoom call. While there are many platforms for holding virtual meetings, Zoom has become especially popular these days. Unable to invite friends over for play dates? Set up a virtual meeting for your kids and their friends. They can spend time together and catch up with each other’s lives.
If you’re at the end of your rope with your kids, you’re not alone. It’s not easy to keep your kids occupied in a fun healthy way during the school holidays. However, there are plenty of things your kids would enjoy doing that they’ve never even considered.
At home activities for families & kids
It takes time to do surprisingly inexpensive activities around the house. Although these things may not be perfect for you, they might give you ideas for others of some kind.
Experts suggest that as parents, we need to put on our creative hat to give our little ones a few things to do that will benefit them more than watching TV or playing video games. As a family, you’ll all be glad you did!