If you are a parent of children who are school age, you will know that every few months brings the challenge of school holidays. Whether it’s for Christmas, Easter or just the summer holidays, it’s up to you to keep your kids amused at all costs. The first week will be a breeze but what about the following weeks? Take the stress of the holiday out of the equation with these fun yet simple ideas that will quickly fill up your children’s days and keep them happy.
Take them out for the day
Fun days out for kids can come in many different forms and they don’t have to be expensive. In the summer holidays, in particular, there will be local events, shows and experiences available for your children to take part in. These often free events should be advertised in your local shops or on the website for your council so keep a lookout. Libraries will often hold child friendly events that you can get involved in, such as story time or arts and crafts clubs. Your child’s school may also have a summer holidays playgroup that you could utilise if you are at work. These playgroups often organise fully supervised days out to farms and parks. Days out such as these are a great way of helping your children make new friends and learn new skills.
If you can’t find anything appropriate in your local area, you could take your children to a theme park, museum or zoo. These places will also organise kid friendly events and offer discounted tickets. These places are likely to get busy during the holidays so prepare yourself for crowds and queues. If all else fails, nothing is better than a picnic in the park.
Teach them something new
Why not spend the holidays getting your children interested in a new hobby or develop a new skill. This could be baking, crocheting or drawing. Whatever you choose to try, make sure it will interest them by tailoring it to them. It might be space or ballerina themed for instance. That way you are more likely to get them excited and focus about learning. Pick something that you have tried out before so you have some experience before teaching them. You could even set them a mini project each day that they have to complete to get a treat. It could be making a card or finishing a drawing. Ensure it’s something achievable and make your home a hub of creativity.
Organise a movie night
Sharing your favourite films with your children is a wonderful way of connecting with them. Make a den or nook in your living room where you can comfortably lie or sit and make sure you have plenty of snacks. Put on some of your favourite films from when you were a child and see their faces light up. This will fill you with nostalgia and create a relaxing environment where you can chill out with your kids. Repeat as often as you like and get them involved in choosing what film you put on.
These simple ideas should not only make your kids happy, but also help you spend some memorable quality time with them too.