You may be one of those parents who dreads their child going to school and misses them every second they are away, or you may one of the ones who waves them off in the morning with a leap of joy at the thought of a bit of time to yourself.
Whichever type of parent you are, it is good to plan ahead a little bit and decide what you will do with your kids in their school holidays. It can be a bit daunting, the prospect of two whole weeks of trying to keep your children entertained and happy, well fed and stimulated, without the help of teachers or the hordes of your child’s friends!
Things to do with kids Easter holidays doesn’t have to be expensive, grand gestures or pricey new toys. Studies show that kids are actually happier when they are allowed to exercise their own imaginations, using fewer toys and more of their own creativity.
Also, spending time with the people who love them the most is vitally important, so even if you do nothing else make sure that you are present, and engaging with them, not your phone. It can be this simple!
You can have a lot of fun with your kids for very little expenditure, so read on and discover things to do with kids Easter holidays that won’t cost the earth and won’t leave you feeling too frazzled.
Things To Do At Home
Easter Egg Hunt
This has to come top of the list, because let’s face it, who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? And a treasure hunt where the prizes are chocolate is even better! You can do an Easter egg hunt indoors, or hide eggs around the garden, or even combine the two. You could leave little clues, and turn your children into miniature Sherlocks, or you could just hide eggs randomly about the place, and watch them try to find them. Then, of course, you will have to deal with the sugar high!
If you have a good outdoor space, make use of it in the holidays. You can play all sorts of garden games outdoors, from dodgeball to hide and seek to creating the ultimate obstacle course – the world is your oyster (well, your garden is – but you know what I mean!)
It’s never too early to get your children interested in cooking. They will love the measuring of the ingredients, the mixing of everything together and the licking of the bowl (this is potentially the best bit – just beware of recipes that use raw egg). Then there’s the added bonus of being able to eat their sticky, sweet creations afterwards!
Arts and Crafts
Perfect for those rainy holiday days. Put your kids in old clothes, spread newspaper over the floor and get the paints out! Or you could spend a morning making play doh – it’s a very simple recipe which just needs a few ingredients:
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1-5 cups boiling water
- Food coloring
Mix the dry ingredients together, add the food colouring to the boiling water then slowly add this to the dry ingredients, stirring constantly until it combines into a sticky dough. Allow it to cool, them remove from the bowl and knead until all the stickiness has gone and you are left with a smooth, elastic dough.
Things To Do Out And About
Easter Egg Hunt
This has to be included on both lists, as there are some really fantastic Easter egg hunts arranged by various organisations, town councils, play groups and many other institutions. Just have a little browse around your local area and you are sure to find something that will entertain your kiddies for a few hours.
You can make things more interesting and unusual by adding a treasure hunt onto the Easter activity mix. Why not to give your children these metal detectors to try out?!
This is a great day out for both parents and kids. Children will love the experience of feeding baby sheep, petting bunnies, catching sight of beautiful birds they wouldn’t normally see – and most petting zoos also have a dedicated play area, so even if the animals haven’t met with their approval, the park definitely will!
This is a fail safe way of keeping the kids engaged and amused on the Easter holidays. Aquariums are fascinating places and for the most part they are set up with kids in mind, so there will be a huge array of things to look at, learn about and interact with.
If you and your family are able to, getting out into nature for a few days is a wonderful thing. You don’t even have to rough it; most campsites have fantastic facilities so you can keep clean and comfortable even though you’re sleeping in a tent. Of course, if you fancy the more rustic, rural type of camping these options are also out there. Here is a good camping packing list if you need one + a list of camping games to try.
You can make up your own “wild animal” hunts; just make a list of things you want your kids to notice in the fields around them and send them off to find them! Two cows in a field, one black dog, a ladybird – the things you want them to find are completely up to you and should be based on your locality, and you will find that they love the challenge and will charge off looking to tick off all the things on the list.
Whether you are work full time and view the Easter holidays as a chance to have a bit of time off work and reconnect with your kids, or whether you are a stay at home parent who just wants to make their school holidays a little bit more special, there is a lot you can do to make the Easter holidays more fun.
Spending time together as a family, whether you’re a single parent or a nuclear family, is very important. Good experiences will stay with kids forever, so making sure their holidays, the times they spend with you, are fun and exciting, is important. You don’t have to spend a fortune, just spend your time, and you will find that things to do with kids Easter holidays is not only easy, but also lots of fun.