Many parents around the world dread the holidays. These are periods when they have to keep up with their kids and ensure they aren’t up to any mischief. It’s also a time of trying to figure out how to keep the kids busy. TV might be a good option but unfortunately, kids don’t learn much from TV nowadays. Sending them off to relatives might be a good option, but, kids also want to be around their parents. So what can be done? Planting flowers, drawing, and getting a new pet might be the right answer for you.
Keeping kids busy during holidays need not be a hard or expensive task. There are a couple of inexpensive ways of ensuring the kids learn and have fun at the same time. Here are some successful ideas I have applied on my kids.
Children are naturally curious about their environment. In addition, they want to express their ideas and feelings. And which better way to do this than through art. Before my kids break for the holidays, I always ensure that there are art supplies waiting for them at home. They’re usually eager to use the crayons and paints I buy. Besides the fun part associated with creating art, my kids get to develop their cognitive and motor skills. Their drawings get better each day and, they are pretty find of the skylanders coloring pages and the new Disney’s Frozen coloring pages I have bought them in the past.
The reason why I love art as a way of keeping my kids busy during the holidays is that it doesn’t require that I keep an eye on my children. However, I always have to be around when they complete their art sessions and supervise the cleanup process.
I love gardening and, enjoy the time spent with the kids around the garden. If you have enough space in your compound, gardening ca be a great way of keeping your kids busy. Children love getting their hands dirty. Gardening is a great learning opportunity for kids. Whether you want to plant a vegetable or flower garden, getting the kids to help out is the perfect way of ensuring they learn as well as spend some time with them.
Once in a while, I take my kids out camping. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive vacation abroad. There are many camping sites around the country. There are several reasons why camping is a great way to keep the kids busy during the holidays. First, getting away from home allows them to explore the world. Secondly, there’s no TV or the daily stuff they encounter daily. The kids get to know that there’s more to life than what they come across daily. It simply helps them develop their imagination. Third, camping allows me to unwind. I can simply forget about my daily hassles and enjoy the wild. Finally, alone time with the kids encourages them to open up. We can talk freely and have fun out in the wild.
Keeping kids busy during the holidays need not be a hard task. There are many ways to ensure that the kids have fun and still learn.