Christmas is just around the corner which means 6 weeks of school holidays for Aussie kids. The very thought of my kids being home for 6 weeks makes me feel sick in the stomach. I dread these holidays like I have never dreaded anything in my life (such as child birth).
Sometimes you just need a minute to yourself, but when you have kids, this can be a bit of a challenge. It can be difficult to find activities that your child will love but also let you chill out for a little while. I have come up with some ideas that your kids are bound to enjoy, but also don’t involve you running around after them. So, let’s take a look at some of these ideas.
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First up on our list is play-doh. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and if you put a mat down on your carpet, nothing’s going to get ruined. You might end up with some messy children at the end of it, but after you have had your time to relax, this isn’t going to seem so bad. This activity will allow your kids to be creative and get out all of their energy making new things with all the different colours.
This is a great outlet for children who love to do things with their hands. They will be able to create and explore all of the different possibilities that they can make with play-doh. You might be amazed to see what they can do, and you never know, your child might discover a love of art through this activity.
Another option for you if you want your kid to be taking part in something educational is to get them to do things like word searches or simple sudoku. These are challenging enough that they will be occupied, but not too hard that they won’t be able to do them. If your kid enjoys word searches, why not get them to make their own? Turtle games are great for this and let you create your own word search. So, whether you want to create one and give it to your children, or they want to have a go at making their own, there is always something fun for them to be doing.
You might be surprised at how long a child can do a word search for without getting bored, so be sure to give this a try if you want your kids to be doing something fun, but educational.
Finally, you might want to encourage your children to read. If this is the case, then you need to find books that are suitable for their age group and spend time with them reading either every day or every week. This could also be a relaxing activity that you can do with your children, especially if you enjoy reading. While you are taking some time, you can listen to your child read and marvel at how clever they are becoming.
Make sure that you are getting books that they will enjoy and not just picking up anything from the bookstore. You will find that a lot of children become engrossed in books, so don’t be surprised if they are asking to read more often!
I hope that you have found this article helpful and have a few ideas regarding activities to keep your children entertained other than the usual expensive outings that seem to go hand in hand with the school holidays.
Good luck Mumma!!.
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