There is so much to look forward to in September! School holidays for the kids, and the fact that Spring has sprung means slower mornings, no packing of school lunches, and the chance to enjoy loads of activities with the kids. What could be better?
You can make the holidays even more special by planning lots of fun things that you and your kids can do together. However, it’s important to add in some downtime, so that everyone gets a good rest before school starts up again! After all, that’s the point isn’t it?
Making and Baking:
Most kids love baking and cooking when they can really help out, get stuck in and then enjoy their spoils afterwards! Choose some interesting recipes that are simple and delicious, and get the kids into the kitchen. For a deceptively healthy treat in the warmer weather, try out these Scrumptious Strawberry Rooibos Lollies made with Tea4Kidz that you can make, freeze, and then enjoy together, whilst relaxing on a picnic blanket in the garden!
If you are lucky enough to live close to the coast, plan a beach visit either at sunrise or sunset to have another outdoor adventure. Let your kids run in the sand, make sandcastles, splash in the waves, collect shells, and enjoy the marvels of the beach. The bonus to enjoying a sunrise or sunset is that you don’t need to worry about it being too hot, or your child’s skin burning.
For those of us not lucky enough to have access to the beach don’t despair! You might have a pool at home, at a friend’s house, or a public one nearby. Pack up your towels, swimwear and snacks, and head down to the water. Be sure to apply and reapply sunscreen as it can wash off when swimming. While water is the best fun, it can also be very dangerous. You must watch children at all times, and teach water safety as much as possible to avoid potential accidents. If your child is unable to swim yet, the Spring school holidays might be the perfect opportunity to teach him or her to swim. Become water safe – either by contacting a local swim school or teacher or researching how, and teaching them yourself. There are some great video tutorials on teaching children to swim here.
Spread Some Love:
Encouraging empathy, compassion, and social responsibility can be a lot of fun and extremely rewarding for the entire family. Do some research on old age homes; orphanages and animal rescue organisations in your area, and find out where you and your child can volunteer to help. Ideas include visiting and reading to the elderly, raising funds for charities with a cupcake sale in your area, helping out at an animal rescue shelter, or donating toys and books to an orphanage. This will bring a lot of joy to you, your child, and the recipient of your generosity.
Share Your Past:
Children often love to hear about when their Mom or Dad were ‘little’ like them. This includes what life was like, what you ate, said, did and where you lived. If you grew up fairly close to where you currently live, you can take your child on a trip down ‘memory lane’ and take them to see a house you lived in, a school you went to, the park you played in, or where you got married. Don’t forget to take snaps of you and your child in these ‘historical’ spots for some lovely family memories. You can also pull out old photo albums to give them a glimpse of some of the special moments you had as a child.
As you can see, staying active and interesting when school is on holiday needn’t be boring, complicated, or expensive. Share your favourite activities with us, so we can all make ours memorable with special family times.
Spring has sprung and school holidays are here! Make the very most of them with fun activities for more memorable holidays.