“Mum, I’m bored.” Does this sound familiar? Keeping kids entertained during the holidays can be a challenge. Parents are torn between keeping children engaged, outdoors in the fresh air, away from phones and television screens whilst also not spending a small fortune in the process.
Here are some ideas to battle boredom in the school holidays that are different and purse friendly:
Build a tree house or a den
It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it’s sure to get the whole family involved. Make a plan, get the materials and start putting it together. It will encourage your son to use his critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills along the way.
There is no better way to spend the holidays than a dose of the great outdoors. Geocaching is the world’s largest treasure hunt that uses a mobile device to find hidden treasure. Children love it. Learn how to begin the adventure here.
Make his interest your interest
Take the opportunity to keep your son occupied with his personal interests. Talk to your son about his hobbies, maybe it’s the solar system or football. Play together, visit attractions, or watch films or documentaries about his interest. Make learning and spending time together fun.
Most children love to eat, especially treats, so why not show them how to bake. You can experiment with different recipes, specifically things they like to eat with an aim of making them as nutrional as possible. It will encourage healthy food habits and get them excited about being involved with meal times and cooking.
Explore and create
Plan some activities that will allow your son to exercise some creativity or explore different subjects or themes, such as arts and crafts or science experiments. The Kidspot and NASA websites have some exciting and easy science-based activities to try and Crayola have fun colouring pages to download for free.
Engaging in activities outside of school supports learning and co-curricular activities at school. Find out what co-curricular activities are on offer for your son that fit with his abilities and interests at Christ Church Grammar School.