With the working parent’s busy schedule, coupled with a hectic school program for the kids, holidays provide a great opportunity for the family to bond. That can, however, turn into a nightmare if you have no activities planned for them. You are not also on holiday, remember?

Even if you were, you would still need some alone time away from them. Keeping them occupied the entire holiday period can be a daunting task for any parent, especially if finances are involved. You also don’t want them spending the entire day locked up in their rooms on social media or computer games. With cooperation from your kids, you can ensure they have a fantastic holiday that doesn’t affect your productivity at work either does it alienate them from you.

Here are some fun activities to keep your kids busy during their holidays:

Kitchen duties Once in a while, let the kids get involved in the kitchen even though it is a dangerous place for them to be in. guide them on how to do the dishes, or cleaning around. Over the weekend, you can let them help in preparing their favorite meal. Help them work through the instructions step by step.

Building a garden This another one of the most productive ways of spending the holidays with the kids. Hive off a piece of the garden for the kids and let them plant fast-growing plants such as flowers and lettuce. This gives the joy of having produced something for the family. The garden can also turn into their playground. Take care not to dictate to them what to plant in their garden, it ruins the purpose.

Indoor camping You can use blankets and bed sheets to build tents indoors and let them inside with a torch and maybe a picnic. This helps in keeping them occupied while you get your quiet time in the house.

Just chill The entire holiday doesn’t have to be spent doing this and that. On some days, just let everyone chill. Watch a movie together. Read each other stories. Listen to shared favorite music. Take lazy afternoon naps together. Whatever it takes to just wind down and let your guards off. Maybe play Retro Gameboy together.

Garden picnics A blanket out in the grass and a plastic container for the food, maybe a cooler too, is all you need to enjoy an outdoor picnic in your garden and bond with the children.

Treasure hunts Having the kids move around the house and garden looking for treasures is not only rewarding to them but also gives you little breaks from them to do one or two here and there. Treasure hunts are also an opportunity to surprise them with a gift they had been barging you about.

Make a scrapbook  Take time and create a scrapbook of their favorite memories with them. Have them write about the memories the moments captured bring and mean to them. You will keep them busy and at the same time create beautiful memories for when they are grown up.

Nature walks Nature walks help the kids to both relax their minds and also explore the world. Whether along the beaches or in the nearby forest, nature walks are always adventurous. They can also get to see some plants and animals they learned about in class.

Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.