It’s school holidays in Johannesburg and as always the term went by in a flash. Keeping your kids entertained during the holidays can be a daunting task so we’ve put together a few fun activities to do in and out the home. The kids will be able to do some of the activities below on their own, if your at work and cant help your child minder should be able to or even better let Au pair Link find you a great au pair!!!
Paper mache is a great way for the kids to indulge in some sludgy fun and have something to show for it! Here is the recipe for a simple paper mache paste and a guide to making the above mask. You can find loads of other activities on sites like familycrafts.about.com familyfun.go.com/crafts or a quick google search.
A twist on the old collage! Collect some flowers and leaves from the garden press them and arrange on some card for a beautiful collage. You can encourage the kids to do many variations such as a painted vase containing the pressed flowers etc.
Using this amazing material is a never ending tactile learning experience for all children. When given play dough, toddlers are instinctively motivated to explore its soft and responsive sensory qualities. They squeeze it, poke it, squash it, pick it up and pat it down. The dough responds to each of their actions and the child is learning that their actions have consequences. Working play dough with their hands develops the child’s large and small muscles and aids eye-hand coordination. It helps to improve fine motor skills which is beneficial to daily activities. Using play dough is a calming activity. Children work their stress out through their hands, so play dough is not only loads of fun, but can be another useful way to help your children to release stress.
Click the link for a lovely play dough recipe. For some great variations, you can add glitter, essential oils or even sea or river sand! Most toy stores will have play dough sets that include rollers, cutters etc.
You have a couple options here, you could get a few cups from your local party shop for your pre schooler to build towers with. Or as we’ve discovered speed or sports stacking which is stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. It’s suitable for all ages and really good for eye hand coordination, right and left brain activation etc. Have a look at: http://www.speedstacks.co.za/ for more and do yourself a favour and do a You Tube search for some amazing video clips to give you a better understanding of the speed and skill involved!
Go outside with your child on a sunny day. If your child will stand still long enough, trace his shadow on the sidewalk or driveway. Have him change positions, then trace his shadow again. Make several tracings, then see if your child can fit his shadow back inside the tracings. You can also trace shadows of objects in your yard like trees, the car etc.
For a fun alternative, trace his shadow on a big sheet of newsprint or other paper. Let him finger paint his shadow or color it with crayons or markers.
Encourage club sport
Encourage your child to participate in a club sport, most will continue during school holidays & provide a break from home, keep your child fit afford them a chance to socialize with their team mates
Board games are an activity the whole family can get involved and bring out that competitive streak!
Take a trip to your local library, they’re getting out of the house and being encouraged to read. Most libraries have story hour which the kids will love!
Many restaurants have children’s play area’s leaving you to relax and enjoy your meal and keeping the kids entertained. For less a less expensive alternative quite a few shopping malls have play area’s surrounded by coffee shops.
Take them to the kids section at the gym, chances are they’ll find a friend from school and have a host craft and physical activities to choose from.
If you want to splash out with some mad funfor the kids hit a theme park like Gold Reef City or Ratanga Junction. Hope these ideas help!!!