Activities to Keep Children Busy During School Break
June 22, 2018
I don’t know about your children, but mine tend to get bored easily during Christmas and spring breaks as well as summer break. Boredom leads to lots of whining and loads of trouble. It’s times like those that make this homeschooling mommy want to schedule school all year round. The problem with that is I NEED A BREAK! Skipping break is a punishment for me just as much as it would be for them.
I need time to catch up on all of the other things that get placed on the back burner during our school year. I need a break from grading, paperwork, record keeping. Homeschooling knits us close together, but I need time with my children without any hindrances or pressures this world tries to heap on us.
Let’s face it–every endeavor in this life takes some sort of effort especially if you want it to be successful. With a little planning, your children can have the excitement they need while you get the vacation you so desperately deserve!
A few things you’ll need to remember: there will be times when you’ll have to let go and let the children make a mess. Have them help you clean it up, but allow them to just be children and have fun. Also, be sure to consider the age appropriateness and level of maturity of your children for each activities. Now, check out these awesome activities to keep your blessings busy:
Let your children build a fort over furniture.
Have a camp out in the backyard or inside your home complete with flashlights, pup tents, campfire or microwave s’mores.
Bake cutout sugar cookies and decorate with sprinkles or icing. You can even make it educational by using alphabet or number cookie cutters and spell or perform math with them, or make a map of your state with the dough.
Keep old broken appliances and electronics. Be sure to check them for any safety precautions, remove old batteries, etc. Let children take them apart and put them back together (this was a favorite and very educational past time of my son).
Fill a jar with random acts of kindness written on small pieces of paper. Let the children choose one for each time you go out of the house. Download your freebie random acts of kindness and notes below.
Have a Lego building challenge choosing themes for the projects like holidays or a topic you are learning in school.
Volunteer at a nursing home or children’s hospital.
Volunteer at an animal shelter.
Plan a sleepover with another family and trade off the following week, giving both sets of parents a break.
If you have to run errands or take care of things during your break, take the children along but plan ahead by making a way to involve them in the process. For example, allow them to help with grocery shopping by letting them grab things off shelf, push cart, or scan items at the self checkout. Allow them to make and manage the shopping list. You can even teach them couponing.
Make popcorn, rent or stream movies, and have a movie afternoon.
With a little planning ahead, you can plan an exciting activity each day. Depending on the age of your children, many of these can be done without much involvement from you. That means you can utilize these activities to keep your monkeys busy while you enjoy a productive and hopefully restful break!
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