In the holiday’s kids get so bored because Monday-Friday they have structure at school all day. It is a time where they are constantly kept busy, Working, Playing, Creating and having fun.
At home there is nothing! So here is, some things to help you get the most out of your easter holidays but also keep the children active!
So start with a timetable! Yes, that is right a timetable, This will fit all your plans, activities and meal times into one place but most importantly with this, you can create space for some me time so you do not get so stressed!
Be realistic with this though don’t put 8am breakfast if you know your kids will be up at 6:30 or you will all be asleep until 10am for the reason the whole schedule will shift!
So I will share my day two schedule I do things before the kids wake but you will get the idea. You will see two choices the first is if the weather is nice second if it is not!
Kids awake 7-8am Breakfast by 9am, Kids dressed by 9:45
10 AM Music kids dancing/Kids playing in garden
11:30 AM kids in and get ready for dinner, and help prepare food
12:30 30 minutes of Screen time
1 PM Kids crafting, Cutting and sticking/Walk to the local park with ball, hula hoops etc
3PM Movie time 3pm-3:30 quiet time for mum then cook
4:45 Tea Time
5:30 Kids 30 minute screen time and reading school books
6:30 bed time
It might seem simple but you will be amazed by how long kids will enjoy dancing around the living room for! The idea is to get them up and active as early as possible to burn some fuel and get them a little calmer for after dinner!
Kids helping with dinner is also another amazing thing! Having 5 kids it is harder but each one can help, One passes you the ingredients, one get them out the cupboards etc one puts the trimmings in the bin!
You really can get your kids to help and they will love it!
So some more ideas?
Messy play this is something even my 10-year-old enjoys paper all over the floor so its covered and playing with hands, feet etc. Obviously, use old clothing! My kids loved rolling around in the paint! You see if you have enough paint and patience for the cleaning after your kids would stay there all day painting!
£1 Stores! To many people spend £3 on plastic bats and balls when most £1 stores have them in easter holidays I believe in other countries it is called dollar shop etc. But for £10 you can get 10 different outdoor toys! Water guns another thing which kids will play with for hours but again if you do not have a outside tape you need patience for cleaning your floors! Same you can get these from £1 stores.
In the UK the cinema is amazing! Vue mini mornings you only get one movie which isn’t amazing but if I was to go any other time or to see any other film that isn’t a mini morning it would cost me over £60!! Seriously for a 1 hour 45-minute film! With mini mornings I believe for all 6 of us it would be £12 what a bargain!!
You see 2 weeks is not a long time! Lets list some ideas below!
Playing in garden
Messy paint play
Cutting and sticking
30 minutes of screen time
Storytime each child takes turns to pick a book
Playing field with ball and other outside games
Make your own pizzas
Create a play (Kids will spend all day rehearsing before showing you the final play)
Create puppets and a play
Write your own stories
Give kids a choice what would you like to do?