School Holiday Boredom Busters
It’s week 1 of the school holidays, yet somehow it feels like week 100. Sibling fights have reached new lows, parental bribery is at 500% of normal term-time levels and “I’m bored” is the soundtrack of the holidays. So how can you turn the cycle of school holiday boredom around? Try a few of the below tips and sanity can be restored quickly and easily!
1) The School Holiday Ideas Lottery Jar
At the beginning of the holidays (when kids are at their freshest and most optimistic), get your children to brainstorm and write on pieces of paper the kinds of fun things they like to do – have a treasure hunt, make cupcakes, visit a local playground, build an obstacle course, and so on. All the ideas then go in a School Holiday Ideas Lottery Jar, and when the inevitable “I’m bored” phrase gets uttered, they pick something out of the Lottery Jar. Having the kids choose ideas that they thought of gives them ownership and buy-in of activity ideas, and therefore means they are much less likely to complain about the activity!
2) Create a living room hut
Making a hut is a guaranteed fun school holiday activity. It’s amazing how much pleasure kids can get from creating a hut with a sheet or 2, a table, pillows or cushions, the couch and some imagination. It will become their own little sanctuary where they can embrace all sorts of activities, such as board games, playing with toys or even watching movies.
3) Have a picnic lunch
For some reason, food eaten at a picnic is always more interesting for kids than the same food at home around the dining room table. Get the kids to help plan an overall shared lunch and then give them some money each so they can buy one or two healthy treats themselves from the supermarket. The extra planning and purchasing responsibility adds to the whole experience.
4) Build a time capsule
Find a spare shoebox (or similar) for each child and ask them to gather items which represent current life, such as a newspaper, magazine, photos or even store receipts. Then get the kids to write a list of their favourite things – games, songs, foods, musicians, activities, movies and sports teams are all good places to start. Put everything into the box, secure it and write a date on the top for when the kids are allowed to open it, say in 2, 5 or 20 years from now.
The important thing to remember is that school holidays don’t have to be boring, just think ahead, be creative, keep things simple, and engage your children in activity choices. While it’s important to get out and about, downtime at home is also essential. And neat freaks, don’t worry if the house is slightly messier in the holidays than normal!