The Eater hols are all of a sudden upon us,
accompanied by that mild sense of panic about how on earth you are going to
keep the kids entertained for two whole weeks without spending a small fortune.
Well panic no more – we (with a little help from Pinterest)
have come up with a few ideas to help you keep the little monsters under
control throughout the holidays (and weekends, and sick days, and evenings...)
- Easter Egg Hunt. Of course, you can’t
let Easter pass without an Easter Egg Hunt. No matter how old or young,
everyone loves hunting for treats. Whether you hide little eggs and just let
everyone run around trying to grab as many as possible, or take a more orderly
approach with clues to figure out where the eggs are hiding, this is sure to
keep them amused for at least 10 minutes!
- Baking. My go-to rainy day activity.
Kids of any age just cannot resist the chance to get messy, get mixing or at
least lick the spoon at the end. There are loads of recipes out there to try so
you can suit it to preference and dietary needs, and then you get to be as
creative as you want with decorating your creations.
- Nature Hunt. If we get lucky with some
sunny (or at least dry) weather, then grab those wellies and a bucket or bag
and see what you can find on a nature hunt. You could get them spotting flowers
or bugs, collecting sticks or pebbles, counting how many birds or butterflies
they see or finding different leaves.
- Read a Book. Sounds simple, but how
often do we get the time to sit down and enjoy a book with the kids? If it’s a
miserable day and you’re all stuck inside, grab some duvets, a hot chocolate
and a book you’ve been meaning to read with them for a while, and pile on the
sofa for some down time.
- Feed the Ducks. Another simple one, but
endlessly enjoyable for everyone. Take a day to go to the park and feed the
ducks. Incorporate a picnic and you’ve got a full day out in the fresh air. And
everyone will be completely pooped by the time you get home.
- Build a Den. One of my favourite
childhood memories. Grab all available clothes airers and dining chairs and
fling bed sheets and towels over them to create the perfect den. Furnish with
cushions, biscuits and a few toys or books and you won’t hear a peep for the
rest of the day.
- Get crafty. There are so many fantastic
craft ideas out there, and Pinterest is an absolute gold mine if you want to look
for some more, but here are just a few that I found...
- Scrap Books. Make a scrap book of favourite things. They
can revisit and add to it each holiday with things you’ve found on walks,
tickets or souvenirs of places you’ve been, pictures or stories they want to
- Miniature Gardens. Make a miniature garden. Get an empty plastic tray or flowerpot and create a tiny
garden with grasses, soil, pebbles, sticks etc. They can get as creative as
they want to – with mini washing lines or ponds if they’re on a roll.
- Musical Instruments. A maraca using a bottle full of
rice, a guitar made from cereal boxes, empty toilet rolls and elastic bands, a
cardboard drum and pencil drumsticks...and voila you have your very own band.
- A piggy bank. You could make a piggy bank from
almost anything – an empty box or bottle for example. Just cut a slit in it and
let the kids decorate it with paint, glitter, paper etc.
- Play dough. Make your own non-toxic play dough
to have hours and hours of fun with.
- Pom Poms. This one is maybe for older kids who can
sit down for more than 30 seconds at a time. All you need is two cardboard
doughnut shapes and some wool. (video here).
And if they’re feeling REALLY adventurous (or bored...either works) you can
make a pom pom rug with all the pom poms they create.
- Pasta jewellery. So simple, but so good at keeping
younger ones amused. Just empty out the contents of your cupboard in search of
lots of different pasta shapes for them to paint and loop string through to
make necklaces, bracelets and anything else that takes their fancy.