Oh no! its that time again! I really dislike having to change my whole routine for school holidays, i have to pay a babysitter, or work from home (my employer is fantastic like that!), and generally try and keep the kids from going nuts with boredom. During the summer its fine because they can play outside at parks, bike, swim, and go to camp. During any other season, chances are its to cold to do a lot of those things, and its often windy or raining.
So, what do you do? Well heres a few ideas I came up with for my kids.
Game Consoles: they don’t have to guns and sit down games, my children currently favour Kung Fu Ragdoll on the PS3 which involves shaking the controller, and apparently a lot of jumping up and down, tongue out the side of the mouth and often screaming. Keeps them amused for hours. I’m not overly fond of them sitting down much so we also have a WII which has tons of games that involve action and movement. Not to mention Rockband/Guitar hero which both involve drums, singing, and guitar!
Creativity: If you havn’t found it yet, check out instructables.com , where you can make easy fast entertaining things like an LED stuck to a battery (aka throwies) , to building your own Yurt. In fact they even have their own category specifically for kids! http://www.instructables.com/kids
Geocaching: If you have a GPS device and its a nice day, try http://www.geocaching.com/ . Sign up, put your address in the finder and look for Geocaches nearby. They give you the GPS co-ords, you go to the area and then the hunt for the geocache is on! its somewhat like a treasure hunt, only world wide. Once you find the cache, its usually a plastic container, you can sign the log book, log it on the website, and if it contains “trinkets” you can take one and put something else in its place. Geocaches are usually around the most scenic places in the world and include lovely strolls through areas you probably never noticed before. This also makes a long journey down New Zealand fun when you stop every hour or two to find caches! You can even start a few of your own caches! Check out my photos taken whilst Geocaching http://www.flickr.com/photos/wishes/sets/72157622353424642/
Here are a few other awesome DIY items you can try:
Create your own Sun in a Jar http://lifehacker.com/5315357/create-your-own-sun-jar-lifehacker-edition/gallery/
Duct Tape Wallets :http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Duct-Tape-Wallet
Diet Coke and Mentos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKoB0MHVBvM – however you may want a nice sunny day for this and some old clothes, and PROBABLY want to do it outdoors!
DIY things with solar panels http://lifehacker.com/5314498/top-10-diy-projects-that-harness-the-power-of-the-sun
And should you have a computer setup for every child in the house, here are some excellent non-social networking websites
http://www.brainpop.com/ – Addictive educational games for kids. They wont realize they are learning whilst playing!
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/ – NASA have space related fun things to do
http://www.exploratorium.edu/ – explore the Museum of Science and Human Perception Online!
Last but not least, go into your cuboards and drag out those board games. Cranium, Monopoly, Trivial Persuit, and the new favourite Hannah Montana game with CD (it makes you dance and sing!)