If the holidays quickly approaching and you are planning on spending it at home, you can still have plenty of fun and keep boredom at bay. Organisation is the best weapon you can use to beat the boredom.
Since not everyone gets to go on an expensive holiday travelling elsewhere, you can use your creativity to make your holiday just as fabulous.
Scavenger Hunt – Hosting a scavenger hunt where parents hide various items in the backyard and give children a list of things to find is a timeless way to pass time outdoors. Letting them find little treats will make it even more exciting.
Parks, Beaches, and Picnics - Heading to the park with arts and crafts supplies that are not too messy is a great way for children to copy things they see and allows the little artist to come out. They will be so proud of what they have drawn or painted and it makes for a creative, fun outlet. Planning a picnic on the beach or playground on a fresh dry day is another great way to keep kids entertained and happy for an afternoon; especially if you let them take part in making the picnic food the day before – another great way to keep kids busy.
On Being Prepared – If you use the old adage about being prepared, you will find yourself less stressed during holiday time and ready to take charge of some fun. Spend some time prior to the holiday shopping for bargains on arts, crafts, and plenty of colourful paints, markers, and crayons. Make a list on index cards of crafts your children can create and pull them out as secret weapons against boredom.
Something Old is New Again – Do not be afraid to revisit your childhood for ideas on what you can do during time off. Games that you frequently played as a child may be old to you; however, they will be brand new to your kids when you first introduce them. Some children today are not even aware of outdoor games such as tag and hide and seek.
Include the kids – Do not try to be a superhero. Include the kids thoughts and ideas into the equation. You may have one child who loves academics while another adores art. Let them get involved in the process and put their two cents in the mix. Before you holiday sets in, have a kids council meeting and let each child come up with an idea of their choice for holiday fun.
Do Not Throw Away Anything – You may have the urge during spring cleaning to throw lots of stuff out; however, think twice. An old collection of buttons or some simple pillow cases can create something new in the arts and crafts department or even used for making of doll clothing.
Be a Bargain Hunter – Every once in a while you will come across a sale bin after a holiday or season has ended. Be smart and pick up arts and crafts items for next to nothing and save them for the boredom blues.
Sally writes for Falmouth.co.uk the official website promoting the Cornish seaside town of Falmouth. For help finding accommodation, places to eat, jobs or to simply find things to do in Cornwall visit Falmouth.co.uk.