Make your own games
The sky’s the limit with kids and games. Activities like Hoopla, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Snakes and Ladders, Twister, Capture the Flag or even Ring Toss can all be easily made at home and will keep the kids occupied, outdoors and happy.
Cooking and baking
Once a week you can plan a cooking or baking day with the kids. Let them choose from a selection of recipes and work through it step by step. They’ll love creating sweet treats and you’ll have bonding experiences to last a lifetime.
Start a garden
If you have the space, dedicate a small patch in the garden to the kids. They can plant flowers or vegetables whilst learning about farming, healthy living and a little bit of science through the growth of the plants. Get them their own spade and watch them light up at growing something for themselves.
Have a treasure hunt
Quickly make a treasure map with clues to find some treasure you have hidden somewhere in the house. It doesn’t have to be expensive or big because the excitement is in the hunt not the prize. If you want, they can dress like explorers or pirates to give the hunt an extra touch of fun.
Make a movie
This one’s for the older kids. Using a smart phone, they can easily make their own vacation days movie. Let them write their own script and film it in their own way and you can help them edit it together in the end using an app or editing program. Who knows, you might just have a family movie to show at Christmas every year!
Take nature walks
You’ll have to leave the house for a bit for this one but you don’t have to go far. Whether it’s at the park, or on the beach, get the kids out for some fresh air and activities. Bring the football or cricket bat for extra fun or maybe even have a picnic.