Well here we are, day one of the school term break. Can you sense my joy? The excitement bursting from e.v.e.r.y. little letter in this sentence? Of course you can. NOT. However I have resolved to make this short holiday break as entertaining as I can for the kiddies, so that I am not met with cries of boredom (and they start bugging me!).
So the plan is to do at least one activity each day that engages the kids some how, either with each other or the activity. Oh and there is also the Autism factor, so activities around this joint really have appeal to get any play at all. And you also have to think about the fight factor, we may have to instigate separate activities and different corners of the property to quell the warfare.
Stuff we might do, that you may like to:
- Shopping Bag kites – a bit of string through both handles of a plastic shopping bag, teamed with a windy day and room to run. Keeps my monkeys happy for a good hour.
- Sensory Play – we have a big container of corn kernels, the kids love to put their feet in them and feel the seeds. They spend ages tipping them into containers and just swishing their hands around in them.
- Cooking – not a task for the faint hearted, especially with this many minions. But we will try. Pizza is a good one to do at our place, except they eat most of the topping before the pizza hits the oven.
- Treasure Hunts – terrific for engaging the big kids that start all the fights with the little kids.
- Sweeping Up – yes sweeping, my kids love brooms and well I have a house full of tiles – quick kids lets race those brooms!
- Empty cardboard box cubby houses – I’ve been keeping big boxes aside for when rain halts play, when short of boxes you can make an excellent fort from the lounge cushions.
- Play Shop – great for maths. The kids pretend the kitchen is a drive thru and they buy their lunch with whatever we got on hand to substitute in for money.
- Papier mache and balloons – this is an outside activity (definitely) and later you get to paint the creations which are usually much more loved and cared for than any toy, at least for a day anyway.
- Pasta Necklaces – another sensory game – and good for motor skills too, thread macaroni pieces onto thin elastic which Mummy then gets to wear all day!
- Colour sorting – pegs are good for this. Using a few plastic bowls get the little one to sort them into their colour, my little OCD men love this one.
- Hallway Bowling – keep some plastic milk bottles aside, say about six of them. Line them up at the end of the hall, hand the kid a ball and let ’em loose.
So there is just a few things I’ve thought of, and when all else fails there is also ABC2 on telly 😉
What do you do with your kids on their school breaks? I love to hear your ideas 🙂