Keeping kids occupied in the holidays is nothing short of a full-time job. Let’s face it, kids get bored easily and aren’t afraid to let you know about it. Even the most organized of parents can find themselves run ragged over the summer school break, as much as we love and adore our children it’s no wonder we all let out a secret sigh of relief when it’s time for them to return back to school in the fall. All you can do is keep calm, put your patience to the test and arrange some activities to break up the whines of ‘I’m bored!’ Arranging some indoor activities for rainy days (or when you’re keeping an eye on the budget) is a good idea. Here are a few activities that could keep them occupied.
Baking is a good fail-safe activity. It’s something that all kids like to do, and aside from it being pretty messy it’s inexpensive, and you probably have everything you need already in your kitchen. Bake up some tasty treats and let kids have fun decorating them. They make for the perfect after dinner treats, and help to teach new skills too. As baking is a very precise art, it teaches them the value of following instructions to the letter. If your kids are a little younger they could just help you mix (and lick the spoon, of course) or you could buy a box mix which are easy to follow as there’s no weighing out involved.
You can buy big bundles of feathers, sequins, pipe cleaners, colored paper and other crafty bits from places like eBay and Amazon or any local hobby shop. You could set out an aim or objective for the theme of the picture, Pinterest has lots of ideas. Or kids use their imagination and go wild creating their masterpieces. Crafting activities like https://img1.etsystatic.com/194/1/9398326/il_340x270.1259465707_shbw.jpg
will keep them busy on a rainy afternoon and encourages them to use their brain. There are also sets you can get from hobby shops based on a theme, whether it’s clay painting, model building or something else entirely which could be worth a look.
If you want something really easy and relaxing without any mess or fuss, how about a movie day? If you usually limit your kid’s tv watching time, this will be even more of a treat. You could make a pillow fort or buy a bean bag chair from somewhere like http://www.fombag.com/ to create an extra comfy and cozy place to sit while you watch. Kids DVDs can be picked up really cheaply, or you could find something on Netflix or your cable package. If you collect a bunch of movies you know, they’ve never seen before it’s sure to keep them occupied for a good part of the day.
Encouraging kids to have their own quiet hobby which they can do independently is always a good idea. It could be anything from scrapbooking to coin/ stamp collecting or just reading. They may need some guidance from you at times, but being able to occupy themselves and do something productive is a fantastic skill for kids to learn.