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21 Simple Activities to do with your child during the holidays

Holiday Activities
Here are 21 simple ideas for activities to do with your child during this mid-year break.

Don’t feel obligated to take the children to every latest movie, or sign up for every holiday programme.... Strive for a balance. You have SO much to share with your kids (and plenty of time to do it)!
 
1. Those Barbies / Babies / action men you bought them – let them play!
 
2. Pull out the big jigsaw puzzle (big enough to be an age appropriate challenge, not so big it is too daunting for them to even attempt) as a family jig where bits can be built / added over a period of days OR pull out smaller fun puzzles for them to build in one sitting. Younger kids: cut a couple of post cards in half and get your littlies to match the correct halves together.
 
3. Make a project – you've got the time! Get creative with your kids with age appropriate ideas in the FREE Holiday Survival Guide from Crafting Kids.
 
4. Play ‘Kim's Game’ over breakfast – select 10 to 15 (depending on age & ability) arb items (pencil, cotton, calculator, eggbeater, sharpener, button etc etc); place on a tray. Get child to look at the tray for a minute; remove a couple of items & see if your child can tell you what is missing.
 
5. Bake a cake / biscuits / muffins – take them to the next door neighbour if you are watching your waistline! Some suggestions for child-friendly recipes from Tots 'n Pots. 
 
6. Write a letter to granny (OR WHOEVER!), draw a picture and physically put it in an envelope & post it.
 
7. Pull out the baby photos / old albums / wedding album & page through together with your child, sharing stories, answering questions etc.
 
8. READ your child a story. Go to the public library … often!
 
9. Adapt your old varsity / college drinking games to drill those tables: one frog – two eyes – four legs – into the pond – kaplonk. Two frogs, four eyes, 8 legs, into the pond , kaplonk, kaplonk etc OR bottles & tops where you count & multiples of 5 = bottles & multiples of 10 = bottles: 1,2,3,4, tops, 6,7,8,9,bottles, 11, 12, 13,14,tops,etc, etc
 
10. Pull out the sand art. Join in the fun, do one, too!
 
11. Get some felt & wool & teach your child blanket stitch (or to knit / crotchet / french knit / make scuby wire key rings) 
 
12. Plant something new in the garden together. Grow beans in cotton wool. You have 4 weeks to watch them grow!! Grow a mealie seed at the same time & compare the differences.
 
13. Colour in a picture together. Download some colouring images here.
 
14. Have a picnic in the garden / Prepare a meal together. Teach them to set the table / butter toast / put a salad together / peel potatoes
 
15. Visit the SPCA (take a tin or two of dog food with you!)
 
16. Spring Clean the kids room(s) & take the too small to wear clothes & outgrown toys to an orphanage in the area.
 
17. Play board games – there is life beyond Monopoly – thank goodness!! Look out for toys made by Thinkfun – brilliant games for cognitive development.
 
18. Hang out the washing together / fold away the washing together – anyone remember the simple joy of “pulling sheets”???
 
19. Buy a country bunch of flowers – arrange them together & take them to an old age home / an elderly person you know.
 
20. Take sandwiches you have made together & some juice to a security guard in the area.
 
21. Visit 'Stuff for Kids' and find FREE Downloads for even more activities and projects.
 
HOliday activity suggestionsWith extra special thank you to Julia K, Tots 'n Pots, Laceys and Crafting Kids FREE Holiday Survival Guide.

 
What activities do you like to do with your kids? 
Share with the Moms Matter community below.

 
4 Comments so far:
Jenny on 10 June 2010
Wow! thanks for the great ideas. I hope this is going to be an on going thing not just once off.
Have fun with your kids they grow up so quickly

Thanks again
Jen
Kerry on 13 June 2010
My suggestion for the holidays is for a group of mums to get together and each mom takes all the kids for an entire day providing them with entertainment (i.e. jumping castles, sand art etc or what ever she feels up to) Each mother has a turn one day of the week and that way each mum has 4 days off a week without kids. Also, the kids get to “go out” without really being out but rather just away from home. I am planning to do this with some of the mums I know.

Hope this is helpful towards the loooooong stretch ahead of us.
Amanda on 13 June 2010
I think most moms want some kind of distraction for their kids for the extra long holiday ahead, but they don’t want something that gonna dig to deep into their pockets .So I have the ff. suggestions:
- Get together with moms in your area and spend the day at the park, or at one of the gardens- here moms can take turns to play games with them, they can also have ‘bring and share lunches’.
- If you cannot get your kids out of the house for any reason, my suggestion is to invest in some kind of a ‘swing /jungle jim ‘area-these really keep the kids occupied for ever(and they have good sleeps at night)
- I guess baking with them , and playing board games is some thing that we do often, but my kids really enjoy(even the adults)
Hope these are of some help!!
Carmen on 10 December 2010
Thank you a lot. This was just what i needed for this holiday!
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