The six-week break if often met with dread by parents. You have to entertain your little ones for the summer holidays, and you can often get stuck for ideas. It can end up costing a fortune if you have to keep taking them out in the car, and having to pay admission fees. However, there is plenty you can do to keep them entertained in your home that won’t break the bank. Here are seven ways to keep the kids busy during the six-week break, without leaving the house!
Have a baking day
One way to keep the kids busy during the six week break without leaving the house is to have a baking day. Kids will love getting involved in the kitchen, and you can make some delicious treats together. Give them all something to help out with to ensure they all have some fun. You need to make sure they have aprons on before you start cooking, as they are likely to get messy! You should find some fun recipes for cakes or biscuits to make. I have suggested some before such as these dinosaur biscuits which are easy to make. Once you have finished baking the delicious treats, you can all sit together and eat them. The kids will learn some basic cooking skills and will have a lot of fun. You could also make some pizzas to enjoy. They can create their own with their favourite toppings. Add some unusual toppings as well to make it even more fun. You can all enjoy the pizzas together once they are cooked!
Have a crafts day
Another way to keep the kids busy during the six-week break without leaving the house is to have a crafts day. You need to put a cloth on your table to ensure it doesn’t get marked during the process! You then need to decide what you are all going to create. You might want to get the paints out and let them create something fun. Or you could get the kids to make some cards which you can give to a family member. You could make some paper jewellery which they could give to someone as a present. Remember to get all the necessary materials you need before you start. You can find a lot of craft essentials online such as Glue guns from Glue Guns Direct. Your kids will have a lot of fun doing crafts, and it will keep them quiet for an hour or two.
Have a day in the garden
You can also keep the kids busy during the six-week break without leaving the house by having a day in the garden. A lot of kids stay inside and play, rather than go outside and get some fresh air. Therefore, the summer is the perfect time to make use of your garden. You could get them to help you with some gardening. Let them water some of the plants, or help you to plant some seeds. You could also do some sports in the garden such as some netball or a game of footy. You could also have a picnic outside in the garden. Get some great snacks and all sit outdoors in the sun. Being in the garden is also good fun if you have a pet. Let your dog have a run around with the kids to keep them busy and the pet entertained. You could also get the paddling pool out if it’s a hot day. They will have fun splashing around in there for a couple of hours!
Have a playdate
Another great way to keep the kids busy during the six-week break without leaving the house is to have a playdate. Arrange with one of the other mums about having their kids over for the day. It will ensure your kids have a lot of fun without having to spend lots of money. They can play with the toys together, and you can cook them some lunch. By having their kid over, the mum might invite your child over there so it will keep them busy for one day during the summer break!
Have a movie day
You can also keep your kids busy during the six-week break without leaving the house by having a movie day. The cinema is just so expensive now that you will only be able to afford to go once or twice during the summer break. Therefore, you should bring the cinema to your home by getting a great movie or two in and some tasty treats. Bring the pillows and covers down and then you can all snuggle together while watching the film. Shut the curtains to make the room dark and it will really feel like you are at the cinema!
Have a dress up day
Another way to keep the kids busy during the holidays without leaving the house is to have a dress up day. You can find some great costumes for them to dress up in, and it’s a great way to build their imagination. You will get some great silly pictures which you will be able to keep forever. You could also make a story together which then they could all act out. As it says in this feature, you can all write a paragraph, and then put the story altogether to have a great laugh! It doesn’t have to be original; it can be a twist on a traditional fairytale!
Have a games day
Another excellent way to keep the kids busy during the six-week break without leaving the house is to have a games day. You can all play on the Xbox or Playstation together, and it will kill some time. You could get some old board games out that you can play together. Games such as Monopoly and twister are fantastic for the whole family to play. It will give them a chance for some friendly competition and will provide a lot of laughs.
You can also get the play dough out if you want to keep the kids entertained for an hour or two. Just prepare to get cleaning after as it does get everywhere!