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Beat boredom these school holidays

These school holidays will look a little different for most of us. Practicing social distancing and being limited in where you can go may trigger some frustrated behaviour from our children.

In order to get through these trying times, it might help to have a daily schedule so that everyone knows what to expect, including allocated times for some household duties, daily exercise and a designated time set aside for reading.

Creating some new adventures at home will help kids beat their boredom by changing up their daily routine. You can even have a little brainstorm together and see what else you can come up with. Here are a few ideas to get your started:

Virtual field trips

Children can visit places around the world without leaving their homes. Through virtual tours, they can visit other states, countries and even other planets. Some examples include: Buckingham Palace; Great Wall of China; The Statue of Liberty; The Whitehouse; Anne Frank House; and Mars.

Visit Freedom Homeschooling

More ideas for awesome virtual tours

Zoo live streams

Live stream cameras from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Zoo allow you to watch your favourite animals.

Adelaide Zoo allows us to hang out with Wang Wang and Funi.

Free audiobooks

Free stories for all ages can be streamed on desktops, laptops and tablets and available in six different languages from Audible.

P.E. with Joe

This is an online daily fitness class that leads children through 30 minutes of jumping jacks, mountain climbers and other sweat-inducing moves.

Try P.E. with Joe and other family workouts with Joe Wicks

Gardening

Start a vegetable garden or get children to grow seedlings in an egg carton with a how to from PBS.org.

Enjoy a movie night under the stars

Watching adventure movies and documentaries is a great way to while away a few hours. It’s also one of the best ways to get inspired for your next challenge, getaway or outdoor endeavour. Make an evening of it by setting up your TV, laptop or projector out in your backyard. Get the corn popping, bring out your warmest sleeping bag and enjoy getting inspired under the stars.

Cook your dinner over a campfire

You don’t need to be out in the wild to enjoy outdoor cooking. In fact, campfire cooking in your backyard means you can try new recipes and cooking methods without too much prior planning. If you’re worried about ruining precious food supplies then why not just try making some bread on a stick? It’s fun, uses very few ingredients and it’s very difficult to get it wrong. The kids will love making it, too.

Here’s how to make campfire damper, and a few more camping recipes to try.

Camp in your backyard

Avoid cabin fever by getting outside and setting up camp in your own backyard. Do it properly (pack some snacks, organise your camp kitchen, get your stove out, bring all the essentials etc) and you’ll not only fill lots of time getting things organised, but you’ll also feel like you’re going on a mini adventure. Even one night out of the house will do you the world of good. If you enjoy it then why not make it a weekly ‘trip’? The kids will love it and having something to look forward to will do you all good.

Other school holiday activity ideas include cooking, a scavenger hunt, indoor fort, board games and brain games, family tree searches and a paper aeroplane competition.

Planning activities for children at home is a fun way to break up their day. Keep in mind that you don’t need to completely fill their day, or come up with all the ideas to keep your children busy. A little imagination can go a long way.

Happy holidays. Please don’t hesitate to share your ideas with us by email.

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  • St Andrew’s School is a South Australian independent, co-educational specialist primary school providing excellence in education from playgroup through to early years and on to Year 7. Principal Deb Dalwood – an International Baccalaureate School – UNESCO Associated School.