It won’t be winter for long, but we still need to keep the children occupied when they are off school or at the weekends. It is only natural for us to begin to think about how to occupy the our children as the weather will start to warm up, the long summer holiday period, etc. Children can get bored quite easily and while it’s great to go out and visit places, doing something each day or even each week can be quite costly. So I thought I would share with you some great family activities you can enjoy at home with the kids.
Write a bucket list for school holiday periods
A great way to begin school holidays, no matter what time of the year it is, would be to all sit down and write a bucket list. It can include anything that the children would like to do. It can take the whole afternoon, and you can turn it into a bit of crafty affair. A great way of recording it is to write them down on pieces of paper and add to a mason jar. Then when you have a spare day, you can pull one out.
Gardening is a great activity to do with your children in the summer. It’s a great chance to teach them some skills about plants and how to care for them. Planting vegetable patches and fruit trees are an excellent education to explain where food comes from. It could even encourage your child to try some new foods knowing that they have had a hand in growing the produce.
Build a den outside
If you are stuck for ideas, then an outside den is always going to be a good activity for the kids. What it will also do is create some shade for the children, especially if it is a particularly warm day. You could then encourage a picnic in the newly formed den, which could be a lot of fun.
Play sports in the garden
You don’t need to head to the local park, sports zone or even a field, you can quite easily play some sports in your garden or on your driveway at home. A basketball net and the right custom reversible basketball jerseys could see you creating a family tournament for some one on one basketball. You could set up rounder sin the garden, cricket maybe, or even some tennis. It doesn’t even need to be a sport, you could try your hand at just doing some general exercising with the children. A great excuse to be active and healthy while having some fun.
Have some fun with chalk
Drawing on the patio in chalk is a creative activity that the children will love. It’s also very easy to clean off after so it’s one that the parents don’t mind either. You could have a bit of fun with games like naughts and crosses or encourage your children to draw up the next masterpiece. Make sure you snap a picture of it on your phone before you wash it away.
Make a minibeast home
Finally, most children love exploring outside. What better way to encourage a bit of learning at the same time than creating a minibeast home. This may be a chance for your children to experience some new crawlies they may not have come across before.
I hope this has inspired you with some activities for keeping the kids occupied when they are not in school.