The summer holidays are just around the corner, and you’re probably thinking of ways to keep the kids entertained without too much screen time.
After all, learning doesn’t have to stop outside of the classroom – and it definitely doesn’t have to be boring, either!
There are many hands-on activities you and your family can enjoy that’ll keep their growing minds and bodies active, as well as offering quality time together. Here are our top 5 ways to keep kids entertained during the upcoming summer holidays:
1. Make your backyard a playground
Staying fit and active is an important part of life to introduce your kids to. They already have so much energy, so why not make the most of it with a fun place to play right at home?
Backyard activities, such as monkey bar sets or trampolines will help build their strength, improve their flexibility and agility, and grow their confidence in their physical abilities. Best of all, your kids can exercise and play from the comfort of home with the whole family!
If you need a little help enticing kids to put down the smartphone or tablet, play equipment can be a real winner. Setting up a swing set or exploring different playsets is a fantastic way to promote active fun outdoors.
The school holidays may be long, but keeping your kids’ minds active while they stay entertained has never been easier. Make the most of your time with them this summer and create memories that will last a lifetime.
2. Get crafty
Curious young minds love to create! Setting up a space where children can keep their creativity flowing and get a little messy will keep them busy for hours. It’s a wonderful way to fuel their creativity and provide an outlet to express themselves.
Whether it’s painting, drawing, origami, or clay – crafts teach kids that the possibilities are endless if they use imagination. Just don’t forget to join in the fun with your own craftwork!
3. Bake cookies
Most kids love their sweet treats and teaching them how to bake some themselves is a great hands-on experience that will show them all about what goes into making food, as well as enjoying the fruits of their labour.
Baking also includes lots of mixing, measuring, and weighing – bringing maths and science into their everyday lives. It’s also a great opportunity for bonding time. Remember, recipes don’t necessarily need to be sweet either – savoury muffins or party pies are always a baking sensation!
4. Film a home movie
Your kids probably see other people on a screen all the time, but what if they could be the stars themselves? Take a game of make believe to the next level, by helping your children to create their very own home movie!
Kids can try their hand at creating stories, memorising lines, building sets, and inventing characters. Best of all, these fun memories will be saved for you to watch over and over again.
5. Go for a bushwalk
Get your kids on their feet and interested in nature with a local bushwalk. There is a range of easy trails you can find that are safe and fun for young ones.
Teach them all about the sights and sounds of the trail, teach them a thing or two about animal safety, listen for bird calls, and get a bit of fresh air for yourself, too. By the time you get home, they just might be ready for a nap.
Don’t forget about sun safety – wear hats and sunscreen and bring plenty of water!