With school holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of ways to keep our children stimulated, occupied and having a lot of fun. With a little creative thinking, there are so many ways to make wonderful memories and have a fabulous time while the kids are at home. These activities are all in line with positive parenting and will make these school holidays the best yet!
Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing:
1. Cook together. Grab a child-friendly cookbook and make something delicious together. Baking and decorating can prove to be hours of fun during the day, and you’ll have treats to eat after dinner. Allow your child to play a role in this activity and let them take the lead – this is exactly what positive parenting is all about.
2. Have a craft day. Bring out a box of art supplies and try your hand at some crafts. Your kids can enjoy decorating their room with the things they’ve made and will be really proud to see their work up around the house.
3. Go for a nature walk. Pack a bag of snacks to eat along the way and maybe even take a picnic blanket too. It’s great to be outdoors, especially if the weather is nice, and to learn about trees, plants and flowers. This is a great way to spend time away from screens too – it’s what school holidays are all about.
4. Volunteer your time. Volunteering is an excellent way to provide for your children a true learning experience while having fun. This could set the stage for regular volunteer work in the future and could help your children become confident and resilient – again, all part of positive parenting.
5. Read. While reading should be a year round activity, it can also provide some special school holiday memories. Enjoy a good story together as a family and allow everyone a turn to read. If your kids are older, you can discuss the book and their thoughts about it over lunch or dinner.
6. Build an indoor fort. Every child enjoys a good fort building party. Get creative with your blankets and pillows and build a small home within a home for your children. Your kids will enjoy having a special hideout.
7. Go for a bike ride. If everyone has their own bikes, you can go out for a ride as a family. It’s a great way to bond and enjoy the sunshine. If your children are too young, you can take them for a wagon ride.
8. Go to the beach. Declare today a beach day! Grab your beach toys and bathing suits and have a good time in the sun. If you don’t live by the beach, you can create your own beach day these school holidays. Spread towels on the ground and enjoy the sun or head to a nearby river or lake.
9. Take a trip to a local restaurant as a family. More than ever it’s important to support local businesses as much as we can. It will not only give you the day off from making sure everyone is fed and watered during school holidays, but you’ll be really helping out a business in your area.
10. Go to a museum. Museums are great places to visit during the school holidays. If you’ve never gone before, it’ll be an extra special treat. Inquire at the museum about special activities for those smaller patrons. Many museums have ongoing programs just for the kids.
Remember that the possibilities are endless for school holiday and positive parenting fun! You don’t need to stay in the house watching TV or playing games on an iPad. This is a wonderful chance to bond as a family and creating lasting memories together. If you are looking for more positive parenting resources, check out my blog page here.