The holiday is here! and the children get to spend the Easter break at home. While the children are definitely excited, you might be thinking about how to entertain your bundles of joy and energy.
So your child doesn’t start talking like spongebob at the end of the day because you’ve been allowing them to watch too much TV, we have a few suggestions on how to keep your child busy this holiday.
Don’t get us wrong, there is nothing wrong with the occasional screen time, however, when they are glued to the screen all day then we have a problem. While you do want them to enjoy their break, you should not leave them unsupervised.
Here are a few ideas on how to keep your child busy this holiday, you can choose whatever works for your family.
1. Try a new hobby
While they have the time on their hands, let them try out a new hobby. It could be sports, learning how to play a new instrument or learning to bake, it could also be something they’ve been talking about for a while. Try not to enforce anything on them so you don’t put a damper on the excitement – ask for their opinion. Sign them up for a short course or get them a self-help book and see how it goes.
2. Plan a play date
Children love play dates! Have your child visit their friends or cousins or have their friends come over to the house. You can also organise a “movie day”. They can either see a movie in the house or go out to the cinemas with their friends. Be sure to monitor whose house they are going to and what activities they will be getting up to.
3. Sign them up for Easter Camp
Let them go and hang out and meet with children from other schools. On the plus side, they could pick up other skills like sewing, cooking, chess, scrabble etc. Camps that encourage a variety of skills is a great option.
4. Bedroom Makeover
Let them redecorate their own rooms for the week. Make the materials available (don’t give them paint if there’s no supervision) and let them try out their creative side.
5. Visit the Library or buy them new books
Let the kids visit the local library, we have a few in Lagos and do some reading while you are there. You can also just buy them new interesting books and let them read it while you are away, then discuss it when you get back. Give your children a love of books, it is one of the best things you can give them, it opens them to a whole new world and helps them learn. Note – you definitely want to check the content of the book before giving it to them.
6. Visit interesting places
This is a great time to visit interesting places. Read this article on top kid-friendly spots in Lagos you can visit this holiday. However, if you are thinking of travelling or a change of scenery, we recommend a staycation or visiting outside the country. So far, Travelstart is the one place you can get the best travel deals with amazing discounts for you and your children. You can check it out here.
7. Learn Online
Children today are digital natives, we cannot fight this. Help them to turn their screen time to learning time. There are many free resources where your child can learn online, they can learn to code on scratch. Sites like education.com offer free worksheets to learn math, English and more. Older children can learn new skills on sites like Coursera or Google Digital Skills for Africa.
What does your child love to do? Encourage them to give it a go or let them focus on it this midterm break. You never can tell if your child is the next Celine Dion, Woke Soyinka or Pinki Debbie.
8. Give them a break
Dear 21st-century mum, “All work and no play makes Ife a dull girl“. We are sure you hear this a lot, well it is true. Playing fosters learning. This is time for them to play and relax, let the children stay at home. They can wake up when they want, go to bed when they want. Just like us, they need a break once in a while. Also, with all the activities you might have planned, they will definitely need down time
While you let them take a break, you still need to keep them active. Wait… We are not trying to confuse you. For example, it is a bit sunny during the day, so they could still take a walk in the evenings or go swimming. Oh yes and do not forget to stock the house with more food!
Let us know what you think. How would you prefer to keep your children busy during the holiday?