With school holidays coming up, especially the long summer holidays for many, it can mean parents are scrambling for things to do in order to keep their children entertained.
For many, the school holidays can vary from one week to around six, so it’s important that you’ve got a long list of activities to keep them occupied. After all, not everyone has the opportunity to take time off for the entire period of the school holidays themselves.
With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to keep your children entertained during the school holidays.
Get them tapped into their creative skills with arts and crafts
If you’re a fan of arts and crafts, then this is a wonderful pastime to encourage your children to partake in. Instead of putting a digital tablet or phone in front of their faces to keep them occupied, encourage play.
Arts and crafts can get messy so when possible, try to put these activities outside to keep your home’s interior in good condition. With creative skills, your children could go into a variety of career paths and even those jobs that aren’t particularly creative can benefit from the skills you get in creative activities. From sponge painting to using paper mache, there are plenty of opportunities to get crafty at home. You could even print customized sticker sheets to make unique artwork for the home that’s personal to your kids.
Take them outdoors to the park
If you’re someone that loves the outdoors and you’re trying to encourage the same with your children, take them to the park. There are plenty of activities to get up to at the park. From enjoying a picnic in the sun to hosting a gathering of kids to partake in some sports activities, the local park is a great space to get some fresh air.
Times have changed and children aren’t always making the most out of the outdoors that older generations may have years ago. Encourage them to get out and play – supervised of course where you are able to.
Organize playdates with other parents
To help alleviate some of the pressure of keeping your children occupied for the whole school holidays, consider partnering up with other parents for playdates. You could perhaps offer to take them one day, where other parents can then take the time they need to work.
If you find another five parents to organize playdates then you’ll only need to cope for one day out of the working week!
Create a home cinema with a blanket fort setup
There’s something unique and fun about creating a blanket fort in the home. If you’ve never tried it, just take a load of blankets, duvets, and sheets and find ways of propping them above your head to create a tent-type situation with these soft furnishings. You could always create a home cinema in this setup with a laptop or a projector screen.
Keeping your children entertained can be challenging but it can certainly be productive!