The pandemic has changed parenting: the shift towards home working, enduring for many even as the rules barring travel recede into the past, means that mere supervision is less of a problem in the summer holidays. You can – especially if you’re sharing the work with a partner – at least make sure your kids are supervised and aren’t going to injure themselves during the long school break. But that just means a greater challenge presents itself: how are you going to keep them stimulated, adventurous and busy?
Today, Treasure Trails is here to help with a few ideas for stimulating summer holiday adventures inside the home.
Scavenging and Treasure Hunts
A treasure hunt or scavenger hunt is the perfect activity for kids on a summer day. You just need to write a list of things to find around the garden and they’ll be able to spend hours on the hunt. If you award points for the best thing (be it a snail shell, flower, seed or stone), you can extend the length of time it keeps your children amused as they search and compare for the very finest example of each item on the list.
It’s also easy to adapt this as an indoor activity for rainy days – just make your list of treasures things you know the kids can find around the house.If you want to limit the potential for damage to home and garden, you could ask for pictures of the treasures on the list, rather than items themselves. In the age of tablets and smartphones, hand-held picture taking devices are easy to come by – and your kids can probably work them better than you!
This requires more direct supervision, especially if knives, hot water and flames are involved, but it can be very rewarding. Children take to cooking very naturally because it’s messy, tactile and delicious!
The summer holidays are a great time for trying new recipes and even if your children aren’t old enough to cook by themselves, they can help choose recipes, shop for ingredients, and measure out what you need. Giving them some cookery books and asking them to choose what to make for dinner is a great way to involve them in the process and keep them busy for a while, while you work.
The summer holidays come at just the right time to get your kids involved in projects in the garden. You can shop for seeds together (look for plants that you can sow immediately that will flower before the end of the summer) or buy pre-grown vegetable plants they can water and enjoy the harvest from like tomatoes.
Giving each child a patch of garden or some pots and some spending money at the garden centre is a great way for them to express themselves and start to take responsibility for things.