As holidays roll round and it’s time to take a break from work for Christmas and New Year festivities, you might find yourself tearing your hair out as you try to find ways to entertain the children. Sometimes they just seem to get more and more demanding as the holidays go on and it can be quite difficult finding new and original ways to keep them entertained as the holiday go on. While it might be tempting to sit them down in front of the television this is something best kept for emergencies only – it certainly isn’t a tactic that should be employed all the time. So with that in mind, here are a few alternatives that are easy to organize and great fun at the same time.
Pitch a tent in the back garden, or if the weather is bad pitch the tent in doors. It’s very easy and great fun. Dig out the old camping tents, dust them off and it is time for the adventure to begin. A back yard camp out brings with it so many possibilities. Barbeque. Story telling. The opportunity for the kids to make house and to create imaginary lives and scenarios. If you provide the tools and the space, it is guaranteed that their imaginations will do the rest. And if you don’t have a tent, don’t worry, while it might be a tad messier, go for the old favourite of making a blanket and cushion fort with sheets and chairs from the lounge or dining room suite – that’s always a winner.
Make a meal
Children love to be creative and the key is to find ways to keep things fresh and to tap into that creativity in new and stimulating ways. Make a big thing out of it. Tell them that on a certain day they are going to be responsible for making lunch or dinner. Don’t spring it on them at the last minute. Give them a chance to plan something – for the excitement to build. Help them purchase the ingredients that they need and be on hand to help in the event that anything goes wrong, but give them enough space so that they feel like they are doing it by themselves. It will give them a great sense of pride and achievement once completed and it will be one fewer meal that you will need to take care of – although you might find there are a lot more dishes that need to be washed when it all comes to an end.
Spend time in nature
It’s sad that this even has to be put on a list, but so many children these days don’t get out enough. If it’s not screen time it’s hanging at the mall or doing other indoor activities. Make a conscious effort to get outside and to spend some time in nature. Not only is it relaxing it is also education ala and great fun. If you live near the sea go to the beach and explore rock pools or body surf. Take a stroll on a mountain or in a conservation area. And if things like that are not around, offer to take a neighbour’s dog for a walk or pick up litter in the park. Have a competition to see who can get the most rubbish into their bag and you have not only occupied your children’s time, you have also done something good for the environment.
Have a great holiday!