As a parent, whilst you will obviously understand them wanting to recharge the batteries and fully rest ahead of the next term, you won’t want them lying about the house doing nothing for the entire 14 or so days.
They should be kept active so perhaps treat them to a couple of days out to a nearby theme park or down to the local beach. Not forgetting that there’s plenty you can do in and around the home to keep them busy such as the following:
Play sport in the garden
When you can’t make it to the local park to keep your child fit and healthy or it’s easier to stay at home, utilise your garden as much as you can and perhaps install a set of football nets, cricket stumps, buy a Frisbee, a swing ball pole, basketball net etc. Just be sure to keep your eyes on them though as you don’t want any irate neighbours complaining about noise or a stray ball smashing one of their windows!
Read in the conservatory
Children love reading a good book, especially together with their parent. It’s a great way of keeping their mind stimulated when away from school and even better when you both act out the characters as it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to their face. The warmth generated inside a conservatory at this time of year makes it the ideal place to settle back in a comfortable chair whilst re-enacting a Roald Dahl classic or one of the Harry Potter books.
Get in the kitchen
Prepare them for adult life (as they won’t always have their meals cooked for them) and cook some tasty treats in the kitchen. There are numerous recipe books around with quick and easy dishes perfect for the kids to make with mummy and daddy. Be sure to share your culinary delights with the rest of the family though.
Showcase their artistic skills
Grab a pad of paper and all the pens, pencils, felt tips and marker pens you have so that he or she can scribble or draw anything that takes their liking. Allowing them to express themselves through art may produce results you weren’t expecting and who knows, you may have a future winner of the Turner Prize on your hands.
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