When school holidays roll around it can sometimes be very difficult keeping the children entertained. The television is only able to entertain for so long and if you want to keep your sanity and make it through to the end of the vacation in one piece you need to find some alternative things to keep the youngsters occupied. Mixing things up and always having something new or exciting on the horizon is the best way to ensure a good time, but keeping the ideas fresh for family activities can sometimes be tricky. So to help you out, here’s a list of fun things to keep on the agenda for school holiday time.
The one that got away
There is something about the prospect of catching a fish that is really exciting. Surprisingly it is more about the hope and the prospect of landing an actual fish than it is about the actual thrill of the catch that children love. And it’s a great bonding experience. If you don’t have any tackle, pop out and buy some cheap fishing gear and start planning a day out. You can fish at the coast or in fresh water, the opportunities are everywhere, so turn it into an adventure and go out and enjoy it.
The old jungle-gym or monkey bars are always great fun in the playground, but how about a trip to an actual climbing venue, with proper grips and ropes and walls. It can be a little nerve wracking at first but once you get over your nerves and realise that the people who run the place have seen it all before and have safety ropes and harnesses to keep your little ones safe, it’s great fun. You can sit back and have a cup of coffee while they can engage in some awesome physical activity.
How about making something? Or maybe playing an instrument? You could give your child a guitar for 2 years old. Perhaps if it is around Christmas time you could you could even turn your crafting adventure into making gifts for the extended family. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy either. It is more about the planning and the execution of the plan than anything else. Perhaps you want to make shell necklaces. That would involve collecting shells from the beach. Cutting string or leather pieces to attach the shells and tying them up. It could probably take 10 minutes if you were in a rush, but the idea here is to make it into an event and to have fun doing it.
They have been around since the dawn of time, but playing cards are an almost endless means of amusement and entertainment. The lovely thing about cards is that there are so many different games that can be played. From Solitaire through Snap, to games like Kings, Rummy, Uno, Go Fish and Speed, the options are almost endless. And when card games get too much then there is always the challenge of building card houses and seeing how far you cn get through the pack before it all falls down.