SUMMER HOLIDAY BOREDOM BUSTERS
Less ordinary ways to keep the fun times rolling through the school holidays.
Let's face it. Summer holidays are fun, but it can be exhausting trying to maintain the constant levels of entertainment for the best part of two months! If you're in need of a little inspiration to keep boredom at bay, here are a couple of affordable ideas for fun things to do with the kids.
WHILE AWAY THE HOURS...
If you find yourself with a couple of hours to kill one morning or afternoon - just get outdoors...
Consider heading to your local Pick-Your-Own farm to gather some fruit or veg for dinner; pack a sarnie, ball & blanket and head down to your local park for a picnic and a play; or simply grab some wash-away chalks, and get creative on your patio or even the pavement outside your house.
BRINGING ADVENTURE HOME...
Create your own campsite at home one weekend. Put up a tent, throw in some cushions and blankets, hang some fairy lights and whack a few marshmallows over the BBQ. Then sit back and watch memories being made.
If the kids are still too little to sleep outside or you don't have a garden, you can easily bring the magic indoors.
You'll probably also find that they'll suddenly be happy to spend hours colouring or reading when they're in their own special space.
Get out and about on long days together when you can. You don't have to go far, but for amazing memories the sooner you can jump in the car, the better.
Hot foot it to the beach before the crowds get there for dune jumping or body-boarding, or head to the nearest wildlife park to get up close & personal with nature.
For more adventurous activities with teenagers, look for outdoor rock & rope places like Go Ape, or water inflatable parks. So much fun, and they'll be flat out by nightfall.
WHEN THE RAIN COMES....
We are yet to meet a child that doesn't love baking - no matter their age or gender. It's a fantastic way to get playful with the kids, encourage creativity and teach new skills.
While we know that cupcakes and food colouring can go a long way - you don't have to stick to the sweet stuff. Create your own pizza's for tea, bake bread rolls for a picnic or make fruit popsicles to cool down.
What do they say: "Give a child cookies, and they will eat cookies... teach a child to make cookies, and they will make you cookies!"
Now we are NOT promoting child labour here, but we wouldn't be Lifefyle if we didn't at least try to help out with life admin!
Remember the fun of washing the car, or the delicious joy of brandishing the hose under the guise of watering the garden?
What is a headache to you can become magical to kids. Kids love challenge and responsibility, so why not get them to help you out?
LET THEM BE BORED...
Yes, you read that right. While it's lovely to feel like your're helping your children achieve that sense of long lazy never ending summer days, when all is said and done, it's totally fine - and in fact quite beneficial - for your kids to get bored sometimes.
They don't need every day to be jam-packed with stimulating fun, they need some downtime too.
And boredom breeds imagination... so don't put so much pressure on yourself. Some days just plan to have no plans and see what they come up with by themselves.
Hazy days, crazy days and the best kind of lazy days - the summer school holidays can offer us a wealth of opportunity for quality family time, even if the working week is out. With planning, organisation and a touch of imagination, make yours a summer to remember.