Keeping the kids entertained at home isn’t always the easiest task and finding new ideas to motivate and engage them can require a degree in itself!
Whether it’s baking, being outdoors or getting crafty, their inquisitive minds need stimulation with some hands-on fun that inspires and keeps them busy.
With school holidays fast approaching here are some interactive activities that will expand their minds and keep them healthy and active. Even adults can get involved!
Baking it Fun!
Getting kids involved in the kitchen is a great way for them to learn something new, get a little messy and of course, spend some quality time with their older adults. Try some kid-friendly, fault-proof recipes like cookies, cupcakes or slices. For something savory give mini quiches a go. The best part? Something yummy to eat at the end!
Puzzles are a great way to get kids’ minds ticking! The Tupperware Shape-O is perfect for early learners, while older kids can challenge themselves with more complex puzzles. A fun activity that the whole family can take part in and chip away at. Also, who doesn’t love that feeling of completing a puzzle?!
Family movie night
After a long and tiring day, there is nothing better than relaxing on the couch with a bucket of popcorn and enjoying a family-friendly flick! With so many options available to stream, add to the adventure by having a themed night and getting dressed up as your favourite characters!
Outdoor scavenger hunt
Outdoor play is important and allows kids to explore their natural environment. It is also a great way for kids to obtain vitamin D from the sun, which is important for bone and muscle health.
A scavenger hunt will keep kids on the go for hours. Put a list together on your own or seek some inspiration online, the options are endless! Don’t forget the sunscreen and a bottle of water to keep hydrated.
Get creative with sensory play
Sensory play stimulates the mind, encourages learning through exploration and helps develop fine and gross motor skills. Get creative and a maybe a little messy by creating some coloured rice, playdough and slime! These tactile activities also support cognitive growth, problem-solving and social interaction.
Keep them from going hungry with snacks on the go!
Growing kids often get hungry between meals so fueling their bodies with healthy and tasty snacks is important to stimulate growth, their minds and keep hunger at bay. So how do you prepare for when you’re out and don’t have the pantry or fridge handy?
Here are some quick, easy and nutritious snacks and lunch box ideas that are easy to pack and are sure to be a winner for the kids and even adults!
- Savoury muffins
- Sultanas and trail mix
- Rice cakes or crackers with avocado
- Greek yoghurt topped with berries
- Fruit – Strawberries, blueberries, bananas and apples
- Carrot, cucumber and celery sticks with hummus dip
- Smoothies – Get creative and add coconut water, Greek yoghurt, frozen or fresh fruits and greens
- Make some yummy and easy pizza scrolls - 1 cup of Greek yoghurt and 1 cup of self-raising flour and knead. Then top with your favourite ingredients and bake in the oven
- Make your own muesli bars - Combine rolled oats, chopped almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, cocao nibs, chia seeds, dried apricot, rice malt syrup and melted coconut oil. Press into a baking tray and bake for 20 mins at 180
- Don’t forget to keep hydrated with a bottle of water