How To Keep Your Kids Busy This Holiday
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.
Allow kids to brainstorm ideas of their own for holiday activities; harness their creativity by having them color in fun and interesting ways, and bake and decorate cookies to their own liking. Keep your kids active by going for nature walks, going swimming, and setting up a fun obstacle course for them to enjoy. Make sure that your kids stay social by organizing play dates for them, having their friends over for a fun movie night, or signing them up for a winter day camp over the break.
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.
Here are few ways to keep your children busy;
- Harness Your Kids’ Creativity: Prior to the holiday break, sit down with your kids and plan out some activities for their vacation time, allowing them to give their input and feel in control of their time off. Brainstorming and planning things to do will also give your kids specific things to look forward to, which will result in happier, more relaxed children. Ask, “What would you like to do during your break?” and have kids come up with 2-3 ideas for discussion.To make planning activities fun, make big, colorful notes on a calendar for the time they will be off school so they can keep track of it clearly.
- Bake and decorate cookies. The promise of cookies alone will be enough to get your kids interested in baking, but the process can be made even more fun by making things festive. Get kids of any age involved in various steps of baking (like measuring, mixing, sifting, kneading and rolling out dough); use food coloring and cookie cutters to make fun cookie designs. Once the cookies are out of the oven and cooled, allow your kids to decorate them with icing, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, mini marshmallows, or any other fun ingredients you might have on hand.
- Create a Summer Diary. Encourage the little ones to keep a Summer Diary or scrapbook. They can take photos of special days and write about them. It will become a lovely memory book for them in the future and also keep them busy for hours.
- 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 you’re there instead of getting some books and heading home. Give your children a love of books it is one of the best gifts you can give them.
- 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.
- Go swimming. If you are lucky enough to live close to the sea, go swimming when possible. The sea has a calming effect on children and the amount of energy used in the water means that they won’t be quite as active when they get home. If you don’t live close to the sea, go to a swimming pool instead.
- 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 don’t get bored too quickly.