It’s another holiday season. Or you could say it’s another season of disturbance. This season comes with a mixed feeling of joy as you watch your kids put their energetic spirits to play, as well as a feeling of worry as their plays have no limit, resulting in disturbance. This can be stressful, really.
Check-out this 9 tips to get everyone gainfully engaged at home and, perhaps, meet at a mid-point of happiness
1. Create a Treasure Hunt
Make a treasure map with clues to find some treasure you have hidden somewhere at home. It doesn’t have to be expensive or big. It can be a treat. It is always exciting to find treats.
2. Create a Summer Diary
Encourage your beloved cuties to keep a summer diary or scrapbook. They can take photos on special days and write about them. This will become a lovely memory book for them in the future — and also keep them busy for some hours in the present. Encourage them to write a story about their favourite cartoon character.
You can give them some options to pick from among the many cartoon characters. This will help them to develop their writing and storytelling skills. That could be another Soyinka or Achebe in the making, you know.
Distract Them with Educating and Entertaining Cartoons
It’s not healthy to expose kids to all kinds of TV content. Now that BBNaija is ongoing, it’s certainly not appropriate for kids to watch. Plan a screen time for your kids, but also choose what kind of kid’s programmes they watch. We have helped you to collate some channels where your kids can get entertained and learn same time. Affordable pay-TV platform, StarTimes has a kiddies’ fun space with amazing programmes.
Starting from N1,850 monthly, your kids can access cartoon channels like Cbeebies, JimJam, ST Kids, Nickelodeon, Toonami, Baby TV and Pineapple TV. So, you can install StarTimes decoder in your children’s room whilst you enjoy your favourite programmes in the other room. But always keep an eye on them.
3. Cooking and baking
Once a week plan a cooking or baking day. Involve the kids in the process from the beginning — let them choose what they want from a selection of recipes. If the child can read, get them to read from the recipe book. Step by step, help them to work through the instructions. Try to avoid the temptation of doing it yourself.
One of the nicest ways to express your creativity is to use paint. Get large sheets of paper and lots of paint. Go mad and use your hands and feet — it’s liberating. To avoid any stress, prepare the area well and cover with plastic or newspaper. Have some water on hand to wash when you are finished.
One of the ways to make enjoy this task is by asking them to paint the pictures of their favourite cartoon characters. Don’t forget that a platform like StarTimes has about seven cartoon channels, bringing your kids’ favourites daily.
5. Play Date
You can let their friends visit on some days. This will be so much fun for them since it has been a long time they last saw each other. You can decorate their room for their special day or set the playground for them. Trust me, you’d want to be a part of the fun activities they’ll have.
You can all go sightseeing for a whole day. You can make this more fun by letting the kids pick the day and place to go to. Kids love adventure! Besides, this will help them learn about the environment first-hand.
7. Go Shopping
Is there something else that can be more exciting than adventure? Shopping! Probably because it’s also like an adventure. Take them to the part that gets them the most: the candy aisle. If you’re struggling with keeping your kids in sight, you can make it challenging by proposing to gift the most well-behaved child their favourite snack.
8. Build a Playhouse
This can be really stressful, but it’s worth it. You can buy some wood and paint and start building a playhouse for your babies. This will help them have practical knowledge about building. And it will have an exciting effect on them, especially if they didn’t have one before.
9. Career Day
This might just be the most exciting. Children love to talk about what they want to be in the future, so giving them an opportunity to look and speak like their future self will be awesome. Take them shopping and buy the appropriate outfit for each of them.
This should be done a day or two before the D-Day. On the career day, sit back with fulfillment as you watch your little doctor, engineer, or pilot running around the house. This will create magical memories for them.