Keeping the kids entertained and yourself sane these holidays requires some forward planning. Here are my 3 top tips for kids Activities.
Investigate Free Or Low Cost Kids Activities
See my list of twenty top free kids activities to entertain the kids here. Alternatively do some surfing to see what is happening in your area. Local government and councils, as well as other organisations and charities, often put on free or low cost activities (such as SureStart in the UK).
My kids want snacks all the time and I was getting tired of scrabbling around to satisfy them. And they never need a snack when I have a minute, they want a snack when I feeding baby or on the phone. So I decided I needed to get organised. I emptied out one of the crisper drawers in my fridge and designated it for snacks. One evening a week after the kids have gone to bed , I peel a bunch of veggies and fruit and put them in individual bags. I throw in some healthy cereal bars, dried fruits and hey presto instant stress relief. Now when the kids need a snack I tell them to go pick one from the snack drawer. They feel great getting it themselves and I don’t have to stop all the time to hand out more snacks.
Mealtime Prep Entertainment
It seems like my kids can happily entertain themselves for hours until I need to make dinner. Then they suddenly want all my attention. So I decided to give distraction a go. One night I handed out a bowl of rice and various cups and other receptacles and the scales. I told them to fill 5 cups/bowls with rice grains so they all weighed the same. 20 minutes later they were still busily transferring rice and I was able to make dinner. Some nights I throw a handful of straws on the table with sticky tape and they make animals and castles. Another time I gave them spray bottles of water and cloths and they “cleaned” the glass doors. The kids will have fun and you will get dinner made.
It takes a little planning but it is worth the extra minimal effort for a calmer, happier household.
What are you doing to make your life easier?
Don’t forget to enjoy your day.