Easter Holiday activities
If you are short on simple, ideas and activities to occupy the kids this Easter holiday, here are a few simple ways to keep them occupied.
Kids Like Helping – So let them help
Kids really like helping, well small children do. The bigger variety of kids think they can do it better and in their own way, without any interference.
Both present challenges. If you have chores to do, try to get the children involved. This is an opportunity for you to show them how to do stuff. Yes it will take longer for you to vacuum, dust, wash up, but they and you will both benefit from the interaction.
Keep the activities simple, not too time consuming and make them fun.
Big kids, can be more of a challenge. If joining in with the chores just isn’t an option giving them a schedule of chores that you would like to be done daily or weekly over the school holidays with a prize or some pocket money at the end of it, can work well.
Make sure that you put good ground rules in place. For example it may well be important to put a deadline in place for the chore to be completed. On no account succumb to doing the chores yourself, because you want it done right now and they are on a different time agenda.
Kids like parties
Hold a Tea Party/Supper Party. Giving children, or even teenagers for that matter, a focus for the day is a really good idea. For example hold a tea party, an Easter bunny picnic, inside or outside. The preparation for the party, is the key here. The party can involve preparing the food, baking, making invites, a party theme and might even include putting on a “show”.
It does not have to be a grand affair, it can just be you and the kids attending, along with a few dolls or teddy bears. You could even play some simple party games like musical bumps, dead lions or pass the cushion. (Pass the cushion requires no preparation unlike pass the parcel).
Teenage supper party
Teenagers organising their own little supper party, for you or their friends, can keep them entertained for hours. It also may encourage them to make dinner a little more often.
Go for a walk and make it fun
Family walks can be perceived as boring for kids, but taking a bike along, a simple picnic and playing a game along the way can make all the difference. Here are some simple ideas.
- Play hiding seek
- Look for different colour stones, or leaves
- Play I spy or scavenge for items which start with a particular letter
- Make a fairy house with sticks and stones in the hole of a tree
- Look for wildlife, and watch insects. Children are fascinated by these small creatures.
- Build a camp
If you are unable to go for a walk, you can do all these things in the garden or at the local park.
Have an Easter Egg Hunt
Buy some small Easter Eggs and hide them round the garden or house, for the kids to find. Alternatively have a treasure hunt and use Easter Eggs as the “treasure” at the end.
Have a daily egg hunt over the holidays, a good activity to keep the kids busy and limit the amount of chocolate they eat each day. And actually this works for all ages even Mums and Dads.