The school holidays are near and you may be mentally preparing yourself for the “I’m boooored” spiel. Don’t fear, we have compiled a list of activity ideas to get you started.
These are cheap and simple ideas to facilitate learning, father/child bonding and to keep the kids occupied.
Given the fact it’s winter means you might be more inclined to stay in doors – so these activities are perfect.
- Go on a nearby neighbourhood adventure
Open up your maps and take a look around. Is there a local park, bush walk or somewhere you haven’t been before? You might be surprised about what’s on your doorstep!
- Play some music and experiment with arts and crafts
Use textas, pencils, crayons and paint. Divide a piece of paper up into fours and have your child get creative whilst different songs are playing. Note the similarities and differences in art when a different song is playing.
- Create a collage
Cut up some old magazines, newspapers, even use what you find outside in nature and create your own collage. The collage can tell a story, focus on a specific theme like underwater, space, the jungle or just be a creative outlet for your child.
- Make your own family movie
Come up with a simple story line, re-enact a scene from your favourite movie as a family or create a ‘day-in the-life’ school holiday blog. You can use editing software like iMovie to add in effects and music. This is a great way to make memories and have something to keep and look back on.
- Have a picnic
The picnic can either be in your own backyard, or you can head out to a local park and soak up the winter’s sun. Each family member can decide on a food to bring to the picnic, take games with you and spend some quality time together.
- Go on a treasure hunt
Create your own treasure hunt at home, either inside or in the garden. Write up a treasure map and give the kids clues. The treasure kids look for can range from simple household items, items found in the garden or even a special treat for them.
- Try out some science experiments
Research a few different experiments and give them a go at home. Here are a few to get you started.
- Have a dessert cooking day
Try out a few simple dessert recipes together. Try this one from our very own Dad-chef Cameron.