Holidays. Kids love the word as it speaks to them of freedom and fun. Parents have a love-hate relationship with holidays. Parents love the temporary respite from waking up early, hurried breakfasts, school buses, homework and exams. But, organizing activities to keep kids occupied for days on end is a nightmare, especially for working parents. Going away on a holiday is fun but holidays cannot cover the entire break.
So, here are some tips to help you keep your kids engaged and happy through the holiday break.
Now, before you stress out with the planning, remember it is not where you go or what you do that makes your child happy during holidays. What kids crave the most is the undivided attention of their parents!!
Leave your kids alone for a longer while and you will find most of them endlessly watching television and playing computer and hand held games. This is the way life is today.
Daily routines of physical activity outdoors will help them burn calories and stay fit and focused. Be prepared for some sun and sweat. Well hydrated kids playing in groups thrive with fresh air and are not bothered by the heat.
Explore the Neighbourhood
Many of us are creatures of habit – doing the same thing most of the time. Wake up early on holidays, put on a pair of sneakers and take the unexplored routes to discover more of your neighbourhood.
Children can learn about how vegetables and fruit and animals – goats, quails, fish and frogs – grow.
Organise the family. Pick a room in the home to clean. Make it a game. Kids do not mind the chores as long as they can spend time with you. As you pick up an old family album, tell them about your roots. These special moments will create a canvas of memories that last a life time.
Get the kids into the kitchen. This real-life lab is a great place to have fun and learn important life skills. You do no have to cook like a gourmet chef to teach your kids how to cook up a meal or prepare a drink.
Pull out the drawing block, the crayons, paints, scissors or paper. Work together with your kids to create family art pieces that you can proudly archive. Change the theme or the art medium to add fun to each session.
Board and Card Games
Good old fashioned board and card games are a great way to keep kids from getting bored. Monopoly, Scrabble, Snakes and Ladders, Checkers, and Snap are all great games that allow the players to have a great time.
Music and Drama
Set kids out to put up a play or a musical at the end of the holiday. You may invite proud grandparents, aunts and uncles to watch the show. Use the game plan to teach new songs, learn dance steps and practice the parts in a small play. Create costumes and backdrops to host the event and before you know it, by the end of the holiday your little one has learnt so many skills that will build confidence.