5 Best ideas to Keep Kids Engaged during Short School Breaks!
The onset of the second half academic year brings lots of short school breaks. Especially if you are based in Maharashtra, these small breaks can be extended for five days to a week long. Ganpati festival holidays, long weekends, Krishna Jayanti, Diwali vacation. Commencing from August till October end, festivities and short breaks keep children homebound. Children at school have the disciplined time frame for activities and sports. During shorts as their energy and time does not get utilized, they get restless. Making it difficult for us to manage them! Here are few ideas to actively engage kids during short school breaks.
Take them on a Movie Date –
Children love going for movie dates with parents or friends. Watching a movie on the big screen and a bucket of popcorn is something we all love. Especially when you take them to a 3D or IMAX theater for ‘their favorite flick’. I recently took my kid out for the latest sci-fi movie ‘The Antman and The Wasp‘ at IMAX Inox. She thoroughly enjoyed the movie and experienced never like before IMAX screen at INOX theaters, Inorbit Mall, Malad. The large screen and sharp focus, Atmos surround sound, comfortable seating, are few of the features that made our movie watching experience amazing.
Her favorite was shrinking and enlarging of Antman in the movie. Taking kids to age-based movies is advisable, as it teaches them newer things. Like in this movie she picked up some science terminologies and wanted to know further details. Make sure you pick the right theater and prior book the tickets to make it a happy experience.
Engage Kids Activities like Treasure Hunt aka Cupboard Cleaning
There is nothing good as delegating the task to kids, they get super involved and complete it as a challenge. Yes, and please don’t judge me here 😉 This is a fun activity and keeps children engaged for some time. Their active engagement in keeping stuff well placed is commendable. But you as a parent have to be patient if getting this work done by them. DO not call it – clean your cupboard task, instead use fancy terms like ‘pirates coup’ or ‘treasure hunt’ etc.
Gardening – Teach them ‘Love for Nature’
Let them play/ act green warrior for a while. Children enjoy spending time with nature, give them a water container and gardening toy shovel. Explain to them how to take care of plants and delegate it the task in school holidays. I have seen my daughter sitting beside plants and talking with them many times. They get responsible towards the plants and imbibe good habit of preserving nature. It will help them in better and sustainable living in the future.
You can also utilize this activity by explaining, ‘How plants make their food, and water cultivation, rainwater harvesting etc.’
Get Crafty – engage kids in creative activities
Bring crafty kits or DIY kits at home. Let them bring their creative side out and get wild with imagination. There are many ways to engage kids in creative ideas; like drawing, coloring, portraits, and crafts. Encourage them to do it all on themselves, bring in a theme based learning. For example – if you explained to them about marine life, ask them to draw underwater or color marine.
Craft kits are fun, and you too can join the fun and create something exciting with them.
The best way to keep kids occupied for hours – give them activity boxes. Activity boxes bring challenges for kids to understand and ‘solve it yourself’ stuff. There are a lot of options to pick from when it comes to activity boxes for kids. All you as a parent need to check is age criteria and usage advantage. Keeping kids involved in creative and engaging activities is necessary, as they tend to get bored sans school.
There are many easier options to keep them occupied, like Television or gadgets. But as a mother, I have permitted only a limited screen time to her. Board games, indoor activities, swimming session at the pool or going out on a short trip these things bring change and as well fill them with fresh energy.
With growing children, it’s important to engage them in mindful activities. It serves two purposes – One kill the time and secondly drain the excess energy. So, next time when you foresee an extended holiday or school breaks – pull up your socks and get creative.
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