As all parents know, looking after children is a huge commitment. Aside from the basics like food and clothing, keeping your kids entertained can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. No one wants to just give them a tablet or switch on the TV – but coming up with fun activities that are also educational isn’t always easy.
Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of some activities that can be fun for all the family while still giving your little ones something to think about.
Take a family trip
Getting out and about in the fresh air is very important, and you don’t always just want to go and play on the swings at the local park. Consider planning a weekend trip with your children. Travelling is incredibly beneficial to children’s development, so squeezing in a mini holiday is a great way to provide them with new experiences.
You could opt for a woodland holiday nearby or even find some cheap flights abroad, depending on your budget and what your kids would prefer. A woodland break is a great educational opportunity as well as being more affordable, and there are activities you can do there for free, whilst trips abroad are a fantastic way to broaden their horizons.
Cook up a storm
Of course, it isn’t always possible to travel or visit an activity park. Weather and life can get in the way, but that doesn’t mean you need to give up and put on a movie. We know you might want to keep the kids out of the kitchen, but inviting them in to help cook a simple meal can be a fun, cost-effective educational activity (plus, you get help with dinner).
Choosing a kid-safe recipe to try is a great idea, as it helps them to follow instructions, hone their fine motor skills, and learn more about different foods. This is a fantastic activity that can be adapted for kids of all ages, and all kinds of cooking. Select a dish from another part of the world to add more chances for learning about other cultures in a really delicious way.
Embarking on a family adventure is easy with the help of purpose built activity parks. Experience the vibrant forests in a whole new way as you make your way through the treetop obstacle courses. This can be a great way to encourage physical activity in children whilst having plenty of fun. They may also host birthday parties and events, so if you’re lucky enough to be invited you could get the kids involved in baking a cake or other sweet treat to take along.
These are only a few possible activities, of course – there are many other options out there. But hopefully this has given you a few useful ideas to think about in preparation for the next weekend!