It doesn’t have to be summer break to have the kids running riot. It doesn’t matter whether you have your own brood, or whether you are looking after a pal’s little darlings, the chances are that at some point in your life, you will encounter a group of banshees going wild. It can be hard to tame kids that have seemingly lost all sense of reason. However much it looks like they are possessed, the chances are that they are just bored. Being a parent, a babysitter or the favorite aunty sounds like it should be fun, and it often is, but at other times it can be really hard work. It’s up to you to keep the kids in your care engaged and occupied with whatever you have planned.
Planning activities for kids in the twenty first century isn’t easy. You want to keep them away from their tablets and social media, but succumbing to their incessant whining for Facebook time is all too easy. Instead, you need to knuckle down and plan some activities for the little cherubs that you are looking after. From toddlers to teenagers, the youth of today thrive on routine and new experiences. It’s up to you to provide them. Don’t allow them to sneakily get out their smartphones and enjoy partaking in new experiences together. Take a look at how you can keep the kids occupied to stay sane.
The antithesis of being cooped up indoors playing the Xbox or uploading Instagram images is heading outside. You cannot simply announce to your offspring that you are heading to the great outdoors. You need to have a plan. You might like to head to the local theme park to enjoy a day on the roller coasters, the teacups and the pirate ship. Going on an adventure to a theme park isn’t an every day event, but it does make plenty of happy memories. Lots of ‘firsts’ can be achieved at a theme park. Perhaps your little ones have never had a go at a penny arcade, have never gone on a flight simulator, or have ever ridden the ghost train.
Visit a Park
If a theme park is a little out of your price range, consider a trip to the local park. You could all whip on your bike helmets and hot foot it down to the park on your bicycles. Taking a picnic or a disposable barbecue, you could make a day of it. Take a football or frisbee and you could have an active afternoon having fun with the kids. Being active for fun might be unusual for your kids. However, they will do anything to spend some quality time with the adults in their lives.
Sports with friends
Sometimes, local schemes will be running in your region, especially over a school holiday. There’s nothing better than your kids signing up with their pals and enjoying the delights of professional soccer tuition, football training or tennis practice. They could enter tournaments and enjoy daily sessions with their coaches. Spending time with their pals is always fun, and can help boost their confidence. They can learn leadership skills and teamwork capabilities through playing team sports.
All kids are creative, although some unleash this side of them more readily than others. If you want to get crafty with your brood, you need to set up some decent art workstations. Perhaps you fancy a day of candle making, making models, designing greetings cards, or painting portraits. You could even partake in some mammoth art, whipping out some large pieces of paper in the garden to do some body mark making. This can be huge amounts of fun and lets your kids channel their energies in a more artistic and creative way.
Some children adore all things crafty, and will enjoy making a model plane or having a go at making their very own jigsaw. Others need a little bit of hand holding. This is usually down to a lack of confidence. With a trusted adult, you can help them find their individual artistic flair.
Sometimes the weather is shocking and we can’t get outdoors. While dancing in the rain can be fun, you don’t want the kids to catch a chill. Staying indoors is synonymous with boredom for kids, so it’s up to you to make it exciting. While you might think that computers and all things online need to be banned, consider downloading Steam for Mac to open up a different world of gaming to your kids. They don’t have to head online and play the same mind numbingly boring stuff. Instead, they can enjoy playing some of the most exciting PC games of all time such as Half Life. You might even want to show off your own gaming skills and compete with them in a winner stays on sort of round robin.
Alternatively, you could whip out the old school board games. Don’t be surprised if the kids in your care look at you as if you’ve lost your mind when you whip out Mousetrap, Scrabble or Monopoly. However, this is only because they have never played these games before. A game to them is something visual, on screen and with WiFi connectivity. Encourage them to play your old school games. They will be surprised at how much fun can be had with a board game, some pretend money and a need for strategy. You could even play in teams or have a game of adults versus kids to bring a friendly rivalry to the rainy day games.
If games aren’t their thing, food probably will be. Think about baking a cake, making cookies or rustling up a feast for dinner and following a recipe together. You might be surprised at just how amazing your kids are in the kitchen.
The kids that you are looking after won’t enjoy every activity you have on offer. However, the chances are that they will appreciate the effort that you go to. You may need to tweak activities for different age groups but the motivation will stay the same. You need to harness the energy that your kids have and channel it into something productive, healthy, safe and fun. If you can get involved with the games and activities too, this is fantastic. Kids love having the adults in their lives with them, and will enjoy your company. Use this guide to help you stay sane while keeping the kids occupied.