When you’re in a confined space for an extended period however, it’s sometimes hard to keep the little ones happy – and if they’re not, you won’t be.
Here are a few ideas for things to do during the holidays, plus some tips for keeping little ones entertained on the road.
The secret to successful holiday activities is to be prepared.
- Record yourself reading storybooks to keep everyone amused on long drives.
- Pack glue, string, paper, colouring-in books, cardboard, pencils and scissors. They don’t take up much room and can be used to create, record, build or scrapbook.
- Plastic, stackable storage boxes are your friends: use them for storing stationery, toys, shoes, clothes and treasures.
- Carry play equipment that’s versatile, inflatable or stackable, such as ropes (for knotting, swinging, tug of war), totem tennis and a glow-stick ring toss.
On the road
- Keep songbooks, audio books and CDs handy for singalongs.
- Be prepared to play endless rounds of I Spy, Road Bingo and round robin storytelling.
- Have some movies or episodes of the kids’ favourite television shows loaded onto an iPad or tablet to keep them occupied during longer journeys – this will give you a guaranteed length of time before boredom and arguments set in.
When you first arrive at a new park, go for a walk, check out the features and make sure the kids know how to find their way around. Set up the awning or awning to work as a spare room, and throw down matting to keep sand, dirt and water at bay.
- Take time each evening to plan the next day’s activities together.
- Read Australian children’s books, such as Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, and go looking for the characters.
- Grab some bedding and sleep outdoors.
- On rainy days, take an excursion outside and have the kids collect random items of interest: shells, stones, leaves, seaweed, driftwood. These can be used in artwork, to tell a story, or as props for a play.