Ummm, serious question: weren’t the school holidays only, like, five minutes ago?
It sure feels like the Easter Bunny just hopped off, and we were lamenting the end of the first term.
But in the flashest of flashes, half a year of school is done, and soon, the little darlings will be right back by our side, asking “what can we dooooooo?” as they follow us around the house relentlessly.
It’s a scary prospect for the under-prepared parent. How to keep them engaged, entertained, and challenged for two weeks (all while we’re getting our own work done and trying to keep the house from looking like everybody has been lounging around it for approximately 257 days straight).
The juggle is most definitely real, but here are some fun activities to keep the kids busy and give us adults at least a few days grace before hearing "I'm bored".
1. Veggie patch kids
There’s a chill in the air and Jack Frost often pays a visit, but the cooler climes can be the ideal time to plant some leafy greens and tasty veg. Put on a coat, some gardening gloves and get out in it for a payoff that could include a hearty minestrone soup (when it’s time to pluck them out of the patch, of course).
Plant lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, peas, beetroot, carrot, celery, radish, spinach or cabbage in DIY planter boxes or pots, and have the kids help you make little picture labels, so you remember what has been planted.
Unexpected bonus: sowing and harvesting their own garden goodness means they’re more likely to try a vegetable they haven’t sampled before.
2. Knowledge is power
Always inquisitive about the world around them, my children will be learning with the help of the YouTube Kids app – a more contained environment that makes it simpler and more fun for them to explore new topics online and be entertained, all at the same time.
Guided by us, the kids can choose their own adventure on the app, which leads them through informative and exciting videos that help them make new discoveries.
YouTube Kids is its own app, built solely to create a safer environment for kids of all ages to encourage curiosity by watching content from Australia, and all over the world.
My son has started footy this year and loves to practise AFL Auskick drills alongside the stars of the game who take them through skill tests from their own backyards.
Younger children will love the singalong songs from the Aussie Bounce Patrol team, with actions to get the moving while they hear nursery rhymes and catchy tunes to practise the alphabet or how to count.