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10 things to do these school holidays

Posted by National Skin Cancer Centres on Sep 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The school holidays have arrived and it’s a great time for families to take a well-earned break and spend time together. The weather is warmer and the outdoors beckon but you might find it challenging to fill the long days with enjoyable activities for your children or grandchildren. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with 10 ideas to keep the kids entertained these school holidays.

1. Have a picnic

Picnics are an easy way to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air at a nearby park or beachfront. Find a shady spot and spend a lazy lunch eating sandwiches with the kids.

backpack-1836594_1280-12. Go for a walk

Make a day of it with a long walk on a hiking trail or just spend an hour or two discovering new places around your neighbourhood. Remember to wear appropriate clothes for the weather, as well as good shoes, sunscreen and a hat.

3. Hunt for treasure

If you want to stay home, try hiding some lollies, toys or other small prizes around your house or yard and give the kids a list of items to find. This could keep them occupied all afternoon!

4. Discover a new playground

Kids love to play with other kids and public playgrounds give you the chance to meet other parents and carers, too. Take the kids to their favourite playground or find somewhere new, but remember to apply sunscreen before you leave the house.

5. Start a holiday sport

Gets the kids moving with a holiday sports program. They will have fun with other kids, learn new skills, and come home exhausted (hopefully)!

6. Head to the beach

The weather is ideal for spending a day at the beach! If you don't want to swim, you can go for a walk on the sand or play beach sports like volleyball or cricket. It’s essential to wear sleeves, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen so that no one comes home with a nasty sunburn.

Resources image option 27. Read a book or write a story

If it’s an indoors kind of day, encourage your kids to start a new book or read along with them. Better yet, they might want to try their hand at writing a story themselves! You never know where their imaginations will take them.

8. Tidy up

It may not sound like a fun holiday activity, but kids have more time during the school break to clean their rooms – and it's probably long overdue! Turn it into a game by starting an egg timer and try to put away everything on the floor before the alarm sounds, or promise them a prize if they can clean their whole room in a day.

9. Play some board games

Board games are a great way to engage your kids’ minds, entertain them for hours, and encourage family bonding. Find an age-appropriate game for the children and get competitive!

10. Bake together

The kids are always asking for a treat, so why not encourage them to make one themselves? Bake up some cookies, cakes, or other sweet treats to teach them new skills in the kitchen. Keep a close eye on their wandering fingers and, most importantly, have fun!

 

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