With the excitement of Christmas over for another year – and nearly a week to go before the fun of New Year’s Eve – chances are your kids are starting to get a bit bored.
Here are some great ways to keep your kids occupied during the lull between Christmas and New Year.
Don’t throw away (all) the wrapping paper or empty boxes. Instead, make like a Blue Peter presenter and get cutting and pasting. Try not to worry about the mess – dress your kids in old clothes and put plenty of newspaper down and let them create! It’ll limit the time they spend glued to the TV, tablets or consoles, too.
Go ice skating
There’s nothing like fresh air and exercise to stop your kids feeling at a loose end.
Why not find your nearest ice rink and take them for a session of festive ice skating. And if you don’t fancy a numb bum from falling on the ice, grab a cuppa while they zoom around!
Sort a festive playdate
Don’t assume all your friends are away. Many will be at home, reluctant to call or text for fear of interrupting family time.
Don’t be shy – go for it! The kids will be delighted to see their mates and you’ll have other parents to chat to as your little ones screech around the house at full pelt. Just remove their new favorite Christmas toys to avoid a don’t-want-to-share meltdown.
Play hide and seek
Enjoy seeing the different hiding places your child finds while playing a game of hide and seek.
If your kids are younger, you can even get their toys to join in.
Have a treasure hunt
You can have fun coming up with clues and hiding them around the house and garden. Making sure you have ‘treasure’ at the end of the hunt to keep them focused (a good way to use up the many, many chocolate coins they’ll have received …).
A little screen time is OK
On days when the weather is rubbish, no-one’s around or nothing is open, pop on a film.
Just be aware that too much screen time can affect a child’s sleep, so limit it to no more than an hour for children aged two to five. For children over five, screen time should be limited to two hours a day.
And while they are watching a movie, you can have a much-needed cuppa. Phew!
Go to the park
If the sun manages to poke its head out over the break, get outside and visit your local park.
The kids can have hours of fun and burn off all their energy.
And the best bit, it’s totally free!
Build an indoor fort
Seeing as it’s hygge season, why not snuggle up with your little ones inside a blanket fort.
They’ll love putting it together, and once it’s ready, you can sit inside and watch a film together.
Go for a winter walk
Take the kids to your local woods for a day of walking and exploring. You could even make a nature trail list before you go i.e., a large leaf, a colored stone or an interesting shaped stick, and tick them off as you find them.