I’m SUPER excited to announce that the oh so incredible Alice Zsembery, author of“Real Kids, Real Play” is writing for Baby Berry Collective!! Her timing is perfect because she’s written a terrific guest post for us today all about 8 (free) energetic activities to keep your kids occupied at home over the winter holidays. So if you’re looking for ideas… then check this out!
Written by Alice Zsembery | Author “Real Kids, Real Play“
Love it or loathe it, school holidays are here! Yay! The kids get a break and you get a ‘break’… at least from making lunchboxes…
Winter school holidays can be a particularly difficult time to entertain the kids, without pouring your whole ‘rainy day’ savings into visiting indoor attractions or contracting the next nasty virus by braving it at the park.
Whilst the thought of a day at home with energetic children may leave you rocking in the corner for fear of the house being dismantled one brick at a time, there are many activities that you can do to burn off that energy and save money at the same time.
To help you out these school holidays when you just can’t handle another trip to an over-priced, over-packed children’s play centre, I have compiled 8 energetic activities from my book Real Kids, Real Play to wear them out…
Oh, it’s an oldie, but a goody…
Simply grab too oversized t-shirts, stuff a pillow underneath and away they go. (If need be, you can also tie a belt around their waists).
Top Tip: be sure to define the ‘safe play’ boundaries before the games begin!
2.The 3-legged race
Another classic; the 3-legged race. One for the older pre-schoolers and primary aged children, just line two children up next to each other, tie a stocking loosely around their joint ‘middle’ leg, stand back and watch!
The thing I love most about this activity is that it requires teamwork and communication…what better way to promote sibling co-operation?!
Another classic game and all you need is a pillowcase!
Whilst traditionally this is played with more than one child, it can also be undertaken as a ‘solo’ event… Just create an obstacle course and away they go…
Be sure to time it and encourage them to ‘beat their time’ in order to fully extend the activity.
Take turns at picking out an animal from a container and acting it out for the audience to guess.
Handy hint: for littlies, let’s forget the traditional charades rules and let them use noises to help convey the animal. And if they master the animals, how about having a go at professions? (think chef, policeman, acrobat, gardener)
This one is always a laugh…simply pop a tennis ball (or apple) in the leg of a pair of stockings, tie it around their waist and try swinging those hips to knock down the cups.
Who doesn’t love a good boogie? Find some energetic music and get dancing. Bonus points if you can achieve a dark room and disco lights (aka torches with cellophane over the light/fairy lights/whatever else you can find).
If you are looking for some energetic song ideas that won’t drive you completely bonkers, check out my Top 20 kid-appropriate adult songs here.
Ok, well it may not be quite snowing in most places, but all you need is some scrunched up paper and you have your own snowball fight. It sounds so simple but it will have the kids ducking and weaving for cover all over the house.
And at the end of the game, why not grab a basket and create a challenge; who can throw the most snowballs into the basket from a particular spot. There you go, clean up done.
Puzzles with a twist. Scatter the pieces of puzzle around the room and hold your child’s ankles whilst they walk their hands across the floor to retrieve each piece. Be sure that they return the pieces 1 by 1 to maximise the energy burnt.
Sounds utterly ridiculous. But it is definitely up their as one of my kids’ favourite activities!
Want more ideas?
And if you are looking for a few more entertaining ideas to keep the kids entertained for free at home, then be sure to download our guide:
About the Author
Alice is the founder of Jack and Lu’s: a company created with a simple dream of bringing back real childhood; where the toys were simpler, the items were fewer and the imaginations were greater. She is a busy working mum of 2 preschool aged children and has just released her new book Real Kids, Real Play – 150 activities to do around the home using household items. It aims to remind us of the copious educational and fun activities that our children can do around the home using everyday items – without you having to spend lots of money, time or effort. It is written by an exhausted Mum, for an exhausted Mum. And Dad. And Grandparent, And Carer. You can contact Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Facebook or Instagram
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