Winter school holidays are just around the corner, and with it comes three weeks of your children sitting at home complaining that they are ‘bored’ and unable to play outside because of the cold.
The winter chill is unfortunately unavoidable but the boredom that comes with it can be sidestepped completely.
Before cabin fever hits your home, and you start counting down the hours until the start of third term, try one of these boredom buster activities:
Holiday Diary – Buy a note book and cover it and encourage your child to write in it every day. If your child is younger than 8, get them to draw pictures, paint or colour their days. They can get creative as they want and stick in photos, do check-lists of activities they want to do and draw pictures to remind them of the ‘winter holidays of 2018’.
Gardening – Checkers’ mini gardens have given children (and their parents!) green fingers overnight. Use the holidays to get the children in the garden, planting, weeding and watering! It brings a new dimension to messy play.
Make sock puppets - By gluing wool on the top of an old sock and using a permanent marker and scraps of material to make eyes, nose and a mouth, you can make great sock puppets and then put on a puppet show.
Tea time - Have a tea party with the little ladies (and gentlemen) in your home. Encourage them to dress in their ‘Sunday best’ for the occasion. Don’t forget dust off the good cutlery and crockery!
For the love of reading - Visit the library. Municipal libraries are packed with books which will the entire family’s imagination FREE! Just take along your most up-to-date municipal bill, complete the forms and choose from a plethora of books (and DVD’s).
Baking - Bake your favourite biscuit or cake recipe and let your child decorate their creation as they please. You supply sprinkles, icing and sweeties and let them do the rest.
Get that dough - Make your own non-toxic play dough by mixing together half a cup of salt, 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon of oil, 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar, mix in a cup of boiling water and a few drops of food colouring.
Board games - Dust off the old Monopoly or Snakes and Ladders set and revive the old-fashioned fun of playing a game that does not require a battery or TV screen. Or, try teaching your children the lost art of chess or backgammon!
Remember, that young and enquiring minds need to be stimulated and engaged or boredom and the inevitable unruly behaviour will be sure to present itself.
With a bit of imagination (and patience) winter holidays can not only be bearable but enjoyable for the entire family!