With spring break upon us, it’s always a challenge to find ways to entertain your kids without taking up your own time. Especially if you don’t have a trip planned or can’t get out of town, spring break could end up being a very long week for you and your kids. But with a little creativity and planning, you can easily keep your kids entertained this spring break without sacrificing your “me time.”
Turn the everyday routines into learning
It can be easy for you to turn something that your kids do every day into something more engaging and fun for everybody. For example, you can turn TV time into an interactive learning experience. So when it comes to watching TV, help your kids to make it an enjoyable time by finding educational programs that will help them learn. Some examples of great channels are Animal Planet and Travel channel. These types of channels always have something new and informational to watch. One thing you should remember to do is to ask your TV provider (or find one online, like www.saveontvdirect.com/) to make sure that you have all the channels that will enhance your children’s’ minds.
Give them a Project
A great and easy way to entertain your kids is to have a project ready for them to work on. It can be something as simple as organizing a room or more complex like building something for the house. When they have a goal in front of them, it will keep them busy and occupied, giving you time to yourself or allowing you to be a part of the project. No matter what the project, kids will always surprise you with their intuition and creativity. Try and challenge them to come up with their own ideas and projects as a way to learn in the process.
Create a Scavenger Hunt
You can easily keep your kids busy throughout their break by coming up with a scavenger hunt that they have to complete throughout the break. It can be as simple or elaborate as you want, and will give them something to look forward to every day. Scavenger hunts can be easy to plan. To make a simple one, think of different places around the house they should go, and what hiding places they can find clues in. From there, you can lead them around towards a small snack or money. For something more complex (i.e. that gives you some alone time), send them throughout the neighborhood looking for different items or clues.
Let Kids be Kids
While it can be fun to entertain your kids and plan out different things to do to keep them busy, at the end of the day kids will be kids. Make sure that you allow them some time to sit back and relax and do something lazy (of course, not too much). Giving your kids the relaxation they need helps them to unwind from school and will help them feel refreshed for when they return.
When it comes to entertaining your kids, it is nice to know that once they have something to do, it is pretty easy for them to be entertained. If you are looking for a way to keep them occupied to get some “me time” back, have a few activities ready that will both challenge and motivate them and will allow you to join in and participate when you are ready.