How to keep your kids entertained during the holidays

Family fun

As much as we love having a break from the usual school runs, the school holidays can be a little stressful. Not only do you have to effectively manage your finances to ensure all those family-friendly activities are within budget, but you also need to find innovative new ways to keep the little ones entertained. Here, we look at some fun activities that are sure to fill the holidays with love and laughter.

Be creative in the kitchen

Family in the kitchen

An afternoon of cooking or baking is a great way to keep the kids busy as well as teaching them valuable culinary skills. Make sure they are involved from start to finish by letting them choose a recipe, asking them to read out the instructions and assisting at each step of the process. It will make sure they stay engaged throughout. Plus, you all get to enjoy some tasty treats at the end!

Do a treasure hunt

Treasure hunts are a fantastic fun-filled activity for the whole family. These can be done either indoors or out in the garden, so it can be enjoyed come rain or shine! If there are a few of you taking part, split into teams to start a little healthy competition. The first team to crack all the clues wins! The key to a successful treasure hunt is to understand the ages and abilities of the team members. Ensure the clues are difficult enough to challenge but easy enough for them to be solved.

Enjoy arts and crafts


Most kids enjoy getting their hands dirty, so what better way to keep them busy than arts and crafts? Stock up on paint, glitter glue, stickers (and whatever else you find!) and let their imaginations go wild. If you think they need a little structure, set them a specific task. This could be anything, from drawing a family portrait to creating a 3D object using papier-mâché. Top tip: place a large old towel down or cover your table in a cloth before the kids get started to reduce any damage from spillages!

Get gardening

Kids gardening

Gardening is the perfect way to get your kids out in the great outdoors and away from their addictive devices. Why not dedicate a specific area outside for them to get stuck into? Ask them to pick out some pretty plants at the garden centre and then help you pot them once you get home. Or if you fancy more of a challenge, try growing your own veg! This is a great way to teach your kids the importance of nurturing and looking after things.

The above fun, family-friendly activities are sure to keep both the kids and the adults busy during the holidays!

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Leyla Preston (595 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/