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How to Keep Children Entertained During School Breaks

1. Have A Baking Competition

Baking is both fun and educational for kids. Along with helping them understand how food is made, it also provides them with hours of entertainment. If you have a large group of kids to keep busy, you can even have a bake-off. Having them compete against each other will make the experience even more fun and exciting.

Gather all of the supplies that you will need including a spatula, measuring cups, a wooden spoon, and a mixing bowl. Then, pick out some easy recipes that they can try. Chocolate chip cookies are always a great option, as are simple cakes. Once everything is ready, they can jump in and get started. Keep in mind, however, that supervising them in the kitchen is a must.

2. Set Up A Crafting Station

Crafting is another excellent way to keep kids busy on a rainy day. Make a crafting station on your kitchen table or in an out-of-the-way area of your house. For easy cleanup, put a plastic tablecloth on the table. Then, grab as many craft supplies as you can. Some ideas you can start with include construction paper, colored card stock, buttons, poster paint, finger paint, child-safe scissors, glitter, and pipe cleaners. Have the kids make a piece of art to display on the refrigerator. Alternatively, having them make masks is another fun project.

3. Plant Something In The Garden

If the sun comes out, it is the perfect time to start working in the garden. Most kids love gardening since it gives them a chance to get their hands dirty and to watch new plants grow. During the spring, it is the ideal time to plant spring bulbs or to reseed your grass. Pick up some small trowels for your children and have them get involved. Try having them plant some bulbs. As the season goes on, they can then watch them grow and bloom.

4. Plan A Picnic

Going on a picnic is an excellent way to spend time with your family. You don’t have to worry about creating extra waste if you use a wicker picnic basket or some other type of reusable box. Bring along a blanket to spread out on the ground, as well. Your dishes don’t need to match. In fact, having mismatched dishes can make the experience even more fun. Pack food that is easy to eat without a table. Some examples include sandwiches, sausage rolls, and fresh fruit. For dessert, chocolate nibbles are a great option. Don’t forget the drinks and napkins, as well.

5. Have A Sleepover

Having a sleepover is not only fun for your kids but it also gives their friends’ parents a break. If you don’t have bunk beds or a sofa bed, pick up a few inexpensive air mattresses. Other options include using cushions or blankets. Beanbags will even work for young children. When making food for the sleepover, opt for sugar-free snacks like carrot sticks, hummus, fresh fruit, or popcorn. This will help keep the sleepover from getting too wild by eliminating sugar rushes.

6. Host A Treasure Hunt

Putting together a treasure hunt can be a lot of fun. If the weather is nice, you can do it outdoors. Otherwise, you can also hide treasure inside your house. When writing the clues, make them challenging to decipher. Just avoid making them too hard. Otherwise, kids will get frustrated and give up. Choose a fun prize that they can receive at the end of the hunt.

7. Light up Toys

Light up toys are a little bit different and something that will entice children to have fun. Premier Glow has a great selection and could be a great way to keep kids entertained.

8. Give Yourself A Break

If you have given all of the ideas above a try and are still feeling a little overwhelmed, try having someone else take care of them for a bit. You can either hire someone to watch them or drop them off at an activity or event that is designed specifically for kids.


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