Posted: Friday, 19 August 2016 @ 12:51
Keeping one or more children entertained for the entire school holidays can be a challenge for any parent. With six whole weeks to fill, the dreaded boredom can set in if there isn’t a schedule for every single day. Not only can keeping kids occupied get incredibly tiring, it can also cost a fortune. Countless days out, holidays and even trips to the cinema all add up. With this in mind, we’ve put together some fun family activities which you can do at home with your children over the holidays. Cheap and cheerful, they are perfect for rainy days – which let’s face it we’ll probably have too many of.
A treasure hunt
Kids of all ages absolutely love the adventure of a treasure hunt. If the weather is nice it can extend into the back garden, and if not there’s more than enough hiding places in any house! If you struggle with creative clues, the internet will always help! The treasure at the end doesn’t have to be anything extravagant – some sweets or a chest of new (cheap) toys can put a smile of their face.
Cardboard box make
As far as make days go, you’ll be surprised how much fun children can have with a cardboard box! Next time you’re at the shops ask for an empty cardboard box, ready for the make. All you need is some craft materials, marker pens and a little imagination to help your child turn the box into a rocket, a pirate ship, castle or a robot.
You don’t have to be a British Bake Off star to get your kids into baking. Even the simplest cakes are fun to make! Let the children get messy in the kitchen and then enjoy their creative work for dessert.
Play Dress Up
Children are easily entertained with a box of costumes and accessories! Invite over some of their friends for a dress up party. You could even plan to do this once a week, and have a different theme for each dress up day – endless fun!
Visit the Local Library
It’s a good idea to get your children into reading for pleasure as soon as possible, and a library is a great way to do this. They love the novelty of anything ‘new’ so going to the library to pick up new books is a great way to spend an afternoon – and will keep them quiet all night! Check what’s on at the library too, as many often have story time or crafts during the holidays for free.
Staying at home isn't boring - you just need a whole lot of creative ideas up your sleeve! If you have any more stay at home family activities please share them with us.