Holiday breaks are always on the horizon. Whether you’re looking forward to summer vacation or a few weeks off for Christmas, you may need some fresh ideas for keeping your kids entertained and active while they aren’t in school. Here are a few ideas to keep their bodies active and their minds engaged during school breaks.
Indoor Fun for Bad Weather Days
Winter weather can be miserable, and so can the dog days of summer. When you can’t go outside, keep children active with the following:
- Camp inside – Brainstorm a list of your family’s favorite camping activities and come up with ways you can enjoy them indoors. Set up a tent in your living room or den, or give children blankets to design their own. Roll out sleeping bags and study constellations through books and online research, then sing campfire songs when it’s way past bedtime.
- Organize a game tournament – Sometimes cousins visit during the holidays, or neighborhood children seem to move in during summer break. Pull out your family board and card games and challenge players to demonstrate their skill.
- Plan a puppet show – Take a trip to the library and bring home plays to read to generate ideas. Then provide children with yarn, buttons, and crayons or markers, and allow them to make their own puppets from socks or paper bags. Construct a theater from a large paper box and gather an audience for the production.
- Create art – Set a timer and give children several minutes to gather supplies to make a collage. Use materials from nature like leaves, feathers, and twigs, or recycle magazines, wrapping paper, and greeting cards.
If You Have Snow
There’s nothing more magical than snow during winter break. If you live somewhere it snows during the holidays, bundle up and head outside to try one of these four activities:
- Toboggan – You don’t have to have a sled for the whole family to enjoy this activity. Use a snow tube, old tarp, large baking tray or air mattress to slide down the biggest hill you can find.
- Take a hike – Wear layers and waterproof footwear and see how snow has turned state or local parks into winter wonderlands.
- Build a snow fort – Give children a sheet of grid paper and challenge them to work together to design a snow fort. Older children can calculate the area of each wall before heading out to construct what they’ve sketched. Use a snow brick mold or rectangular plastic containers to create uniform building materials.
- Have a snowball fight – Prevent injuries by warning children to avoid headshots, then join in the fun.
When kids are in school, your schedule is packed. Use holiday breaks to show children how they help others when they volunteer their time. Food banks often provide opportunities for families to serve those in need. Children can also help an elderly neighbor by doing yard work, stuff envelopes for local charity events, or hold yard or bake sales to donate to nonprofits.
Time Spent Together is Treasured For A Lifetime
During the holidays, the time you spend with your children will be what they treasure most. Enrich their minds and fill their hearts while keeping them active when they’re not in school.