With school holidays just around the corner, parents are probably already pulling their hair out thinking of ways to keep the young ones entertained. Fear not, because The Weekly Review‘s 2017 Startup Stars winner KidsCo. Australia is here to save the day.
The fast-expanding KidsCo brings educational and fun school programs right to your workplace, taking all the fuss out of entertaining the kids while you’re in the office.
Designed and run by teachers, the first-of-its-kind curriculum ranges from dance, drama and mindfulness to sport and fitness, as well as a focus on science and experimentation and art and crafts.
But if you are lucky enough to have some time to spend with your kids over the school holidays, KidsCo’s Adrian Rokman and Laynton Allan also have some fun and inventive activities you can try at home.
1. Volcano explosion
Chemical reactions in your kitchen make for real-life learning. Combine household ingredients including baking soda, dish soap, food dye and vinegar, count down from 10, stand back and wait for the ka-boom.
2. Time capsule
Kids can write down their favourite food, toy, movie, friends, what they want to be when they grow up and a piece of wisdom for their future selves.
Work together to store it in a safe place or bury it in the backyard – just remember where you bury it, because it should stay closed for 10 years. Signing with a handprint or including the front page of that day’s newspaper (or a copy of The Weekly Review) is a fun option.
3. Aeroplanes and targets
Making paper aeroplanes guarantees hours of fun. Create targets to fly through and runways to land on, and when they’ve mastered it, have your child teach the neighbours how it’s done – this is a great confidence booster. The activity works well indoors or outdoors.
4. Life-sized board game
Everybody loves a board game – why not let the kids create one of their own? Little ones can colour in, and bigger kids can create the questions or challenges.
Bring in a sport and fitness element by swapping the numbers displayed on dice or currency (Monopoly money is great) for physical movements (push-ups or star jumps, for example).
5. Treasure hunt
Organising a treasure hunt around the house is super simple and heaps of fun. All you need is 10 cards, each with a clue to discover the next. Engage the kids by basing the hunt on a story or theme, and have a prize or treat at the end. Take it to the next level by jumping on a tram or train and exploring the city.
6. Create a kite
Spring has sprung, so get outside for some old-fashioned kite flying. Experiment with different materials and test what flies best. All you need is a plastic bag, string, two sticks, scissors and ribbon.
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7. Re-use, recycle, re-invent
Construct bridges from pizza boxes, photo frames from icy-pole sticks, make a bird feeder from a milk carton or a water planter from a two-litre plastic bottle. Hand over the creative duties over to the kids and let their imaginations run free.
8. Healthy fruit roll-ups
With a parent or caregiver’s help, blend soft fruits such as mango and strawberries or boil firmer fruit such as apple or pear. Pour onto a baking paper-lined tray and spread in a thin layer (5 millimetres). Cook at 100 degrees for two-four hours until it’s dehydrated. Slice into strips and roll up.
9. Egg throw painting
This activity engages kids of all ages (and adults as well). Some eggs, paint and a canvas is all you need. Gently crack the top of the shell to remove egg, rinse, dry and fill with different coloured paints. Seal the top with a tissue and get cracking.
10. Cosmic Kids yoga
At the end of a busy day, yoga is the perfect way for kids to wind down. These kid-friendly online yoga classes from instructor Jaime feature fun stories using yoga poses. Reduce stress, increase concentration and build confidence. Head to cosmickids.com to check out the videos.
- KidsCo will post instructions for the activities above over each day of the school holidays (September 25 – October 6).
- Head to instagram.com/kidsco_au or facebook.com/KidsCoAustralia