The school holidays are upon us again, and with them come the extra task of keeping boredom at bay. In the winter holidays, this is especially difficult, as the colder weather tends to keep the kids indoors.
Don’t fret! Here are 5 quick and easy indoor activities that your kids will love.
Bake some cookies
If your child is a budding Nigella Lawson or Jamie Oliver (and even if they’re not), baking cookies is sure to be a hit with the little ones. Have your kids actively partake in the preparation and the baking process. Not sure what to bake? These gluten-free peanut butter cookies will have them licking out the bowl and sitting in front of the oven in anticipation.
Have a treasure hunt around the house
Houses have so many nooks and crannies to hide things, so a treasure hunt is the perfect activity to keep your kids occupied for hours. Set up the treasure hunt and draw the map yourself, or if they’re older, have your kids draw their own treasure maps for each other and hide the treasure themselves. The treasure can be anything from little snacks to little toys, and you have a lot of creative freedom to tailor the treasure hunt so it keeps the kids excited throughout.
Build a blanket fort
Even kids that are a part of Generation Z will love building a blanket fort in which they can hide for the day. Clear an area in your house and have them design and plan their fort before building it. Once the fort has been constructed, watch them play and entertain themselves in the castle of their own creation.
Have a movie marathon
Lay out mattresses, pillows and blankets, pop some popcorn, and have them watch their favourite movies with a mug of hot chocolate. Have the kids decide what they want to watch, or choose a theme for your movie marathon. Tried and trusted, this is always a winner.
Have an indoor picnic
Who says picnics are just meant to be outside? Lay down a blanket in the living room and get some of your children’s favourite snacks together. Clear the area and play a good old game of hot potato or musical chairs. Have them lie flat on their backs and let them describe the “animals” they see in the “clouds”.
Just because they can’t be outside, it doesn’t mean the kids can’t have fun inside. Try out these activities and let us know what other suggestions you have for cold and unseasonable weather.