Kids need to be constantly entertained, or else they’ll resort to their own devices – which usually don’t end very well – a fringe cut too short, a lipstick drawing on white walls, or peanut butter all over the floor, surely you’ve experienced all of this at one point.
Your kids will look forward to school break, but once it’s finally here, they’ll realize they don’t have enough to do and then grow bored. We’ll say it outright, gadgets aren’t the best answer. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
You can keep your kids entertained for the school break with these 6 fun activity ideas:
1. Backyard bug hunt
Set the kids loose for some bug hunting right in your backyard. Once they find a bug, they can scoop them up with a net or some tweezers, and place them in a ventilated container. The kids can observe their bugs through the container or through a magnifying glass, and perhaps even try to draw them on a piece of paper. You can also make it more educational by researching some information about the bugs they find and telling them about them.
2. Craft day
Crafting is always a world of fun for people of all ages, especially kids. There are tons of easy crafting projects available online that you and your kids can do together.
3. Fashion show
If you’ve got kids who love to play dress up, they’ll think a fashion show would be hilarious fun!
Let them pick out their favorite clothes from their wardrobe, and maybe lend them some of your accessories (except your expensive jewelry, of course.) You can even allow them to do their own makeup for the fashion ‘event’. Set up a bright lamp at the end of the hallway, put on some catchy tunes, grab your camera, and let your kids do their thing on the catwalk.
4. Grow an herb garden
Herbs are relatively easy to grow that even your kids can join in and have their own herb garden to tend.
Find a sunny spot in your garden and fill a pot almost full of potting mix. Add a sprinkle of compost and sow in your seeds according to the packet instructions. Care will vary according to herb, but most herbs are fairly easy sprouters and are beginner-friendly, even for toddlers.
5. Cupcake decorating competition
Whip out your favorite cupcake recipe and get the kids involved in the baking process. Prepare bowls of colorful sprinkles, sugar candies, and icing, and let their imagination come alive as they battle for the best decorated cupcake of the day.
Each child receives an equal number of cupcakes to decorate, and then they choose their favorite creation for judging. Invite some family members, a friend, or a close neighbor to choose the best cupcake. The winner gets to choose the movie to be watched that evening, or a similar treat.
6. Movie marathon
There’s no better excuse to binge-watch movies and sleep late than summer break! Pop some popcorn and put on a family movie marathon! You can take it up a notch by replicating the movie house experience. Set up ticket booths out of large boxes, cut out a window, and your kids can ‘sell’ you handmade tickets to the movie. Someone can also be in charge of scooping up popcorn into bowls, or the one who ushers people to their seats. It’s not only fun, but will also make for a great memory to look back to when they grow up.
Read the full article by Kidspot here for more fun school break activities to try out!