Boredom busters for the school holidays

It’s Christmas school holiday time. Yay!

A time for students to wind down from study, sleep in … overload on festive treats … and Christmas gifts … and TV … and video games … and then … be very “boooooored.”

Luckily, we have some great boredom-busting tips to keep your children entertained throughout the holidays.

1.  Build an obstacle course in the backyard.

Building an obstacle course in the backyard is a great way to keep the kids entertained. Photo: iStock

Building an obstacle course in the backyard is a great way to keep the kids entertained. Photo: iStock

A really great obstacle course can involve pool noodles (which make great hurdles or arches to crawl under) and hula hoops for a giant ring toss or to kick a soccer or football through.

You might also have fitballs which can be used as part of the fun.

Get the kids to time themselves around the course and invite their friends over to take on the challenge.

2. Sketching for fun

Sketching unlocks the creative mind over the holidays. Photo: iStock

Sketching unlocks the creative mind over the holidays. Photo: iStock

For those children with art in their hearts, a sketch book, set of pencils and trip to the local park or botanic gardens could be just the ticket to keep them entertained.

Get them to pick a scene they like and sketch it, or choose a flower or leaf to focus in on as part of their drawing.

While the kids are sketching, you can be enjoying a relaxing afternoon at the park reading a book, or even joining in the sketching fun.  

3.  Bake delicious treats

Baking treats at home keeps everyone involved. Photo: iStock

BAKING TREATS AT HOME KEEPS EVERYONE INVOLVED. PHOTO: ISTOCK

Home-baked sweet or savoury treats always seem to taste better than supermarket versions.

It’s also a great way to keep the kids entertained over the Christmas break. Not only will the kids have fun in the kitchen making their culinary masterpieces, they’ll also be able to decorate and then eat the results of their hard work (under the watchful eyes of mum and dad of course).

4.  Make a movie

Making a movie is fun and everyone can watch the premiere. Photo: iStock

MAKING A MOVIE IS FUN AND EVERYONE CAN WATCH THE PREMIERE. PHOTO: ISTOCK

If your kids have access to a smartphone and movie making apps, they can flex their creative muscles by putting together a holiday movie.

Pets and favourite toys can play the leading roles, or even better, they can make some starring actors and actresses with a craft project.

Not only will it keep them amused for many hours, they may even come up with a great idea for the next big blockbuster!

5. Get Crafty

Candle making is one of the crafts holidaying students can have fun doing. Photo: iStock

CANDLE MAKING IS ONE OF THE CRAFTS HOLIDAYING STUDENTS CAN HAVE FUN DOING. PHOTO: ISTOCK

There’s nothing like a good crafter-noon, or crafter-morning, for that matter to keep everyone having school holidays fun.

With more time on their hands, it can be a great time of year to learn how to knit, loom or crochet (delightful scarf for the upcoming colder weather anyone?).

Or how about putting together a special scrapbooking project for a lovely gift?

Or perhaps candle making is more your speed?

Whatever the project, there’s something fun and creative for students of any age to enjoy.

 

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