These days its not so easy to just pack up and have a traditional December vacation. Between restaurants, accommodation, and transportation, travel costs can add up fast especially when those costs are multiplied for a family. Some parents still have to work an only take vacations later in the year. Here are a few ideas to keep the kids busy and entertained an keep your sanity!..
This summer, plan a “staycation” and unwind within (or just outside) your own four walls.
- Camp in Your Own Backyard-Why not enjoy the great outdoors in your own backyard? Set up a tent and sleeping bags, make a fire in the braai. Cook some food on sticks, like dough for stick-bread, sausages and marshmallows with biscuits. Tell some stories and lay and your back and look at the stars. There are some cool star identifying free apps like SkyView and Sky Map.
- Acts of kindness- Teach your kids about giving back this holiday season. At the beginning of the summer, sit down with your kids and make a list of nice things you can do for other people: Bake some cookies and deliver theme to neighbours and friends. Make bedtime bags for less fortunate children. Fill them each with a stuffed animal, book or Bible, blankie and toothbrush. Take a look at some more ideas on my pinterest boards and be sure to follow Mumu and me.
- Make a movie– Sit down with the family and write a script and give each person a role. Think of fun locations and wardrobe. This will keep the kids busy to practise for their roles and get creative. At the end of the summer, have a premier party and invite friends and family to view your movie.
- Ditch the technology.-Put your cell phone away and limit email interactions to once a day so you can focus on your family and revel in your time off. Talk with your family before the staycation occurs and place some ground rules about the presence of phones and laptops. That means no video games for the kids, and no working from home from mom and dad. Take that time to sit and chat and play board games.
- Take a trip around the world- Without leaving home. Let your kids choose a destination they would love to visit. Do some research with the kids about that country. Watch a movie or documentary to learn more . Decorate a table in the them you chose, prepare some traditional food and learn a few words of their language
Even though you won’t be getting far away, sometimes just a change of scenery is all the boost you need! Happy holidays xxx