School holiday activities for children in Roodepoort

Parenting experts say board games, outdoor activities and quality time spent with children gives them a stimulating educational experience that is very beneficial to their growing brains. Image: Supplied

With two more weeks to go before schools across the country re-open, many parents have run out of ideas to keep their children busy. While school holidays provide a much-needed vacation for learners, they can be a very stressful time for parents.

Parenting expert Nikki Bush has provided a list of convenient activities to keep your children occupied during the last few weeks of the holidays.

Not only do you want to keep the kids entertained, or at least engaged with something other than electronics, but you also want to do it on a budget. So, here are five budget-friendly tips that you can use:

1. Visit the library

The City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) is currently hosting a series of school holiday programmes at the Witpoortjie, Florida and Bramfischerville community libraries. These include activities ranging from discussions on human and children’s rights, story hours between 10am to 11am, and a safety programme which will be hosted by the Emergency Management Services for children between the ages of 6 and 14 years this Thursday. At these libraries, you can also borrow books, movies and educational music at no cost at all. Make a day out of it. Give your children a love of books — it is one of the best gifts you can give them.

2. Host a pyjama day

There is nothing that children love more than watching a couple of comedies and animated movies in their pyjamas. Not only would this help to keep them out of mischief for an hour or two, it also provides a much-needed bonding session for the family. Organise a pyjama day for your children and let them watch their favourite films while snacking on simple treats. These include anything ranging from home-made popcorn, to juice or a lolly or two. It will certainly buy you a few hours of peace. Here’s a list of the Top 10 films from Rotten Tomatoes’ Top 100 kids and family movies:

1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

2. Inside Out (2015)

3. E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

5. Toy Story 3 (2010)

6. Toy Story 2 (1999)

7. Up (2009)

8. Finding Nemo (2003)

9. Pinocchio (1940)

10. The Jungle Book (2016)

3. Play a board game

Board games are a great and comprehensive way to keep your children occupied indoors. Nikki said that puzzles, board games, and arts and crafts are not only fun activities, but they also impart skills such as creativity and logic. The whole family can also join in on the fun. She said they can also be a great way for families to connect. “Kids love a sense of togetherness with family members. Find those board games and craft kits stashed in a cupboard somewhere and get playing. It’s guaranteed to keep the kids busy and entertained for hours. But above all, these types of games mean uninterrupted playtime, there’s no need to rush with a board game, a deck of cards or a puzzle,” she said. Nikki added that these activities also helps six-year-old children prepare for school and stimulates their brains.

4. Create a Memory Book

Encourage the little ones to make a diary or scrapbook. They can draw pictures, take photos of special days and write about them. It will become a lovely memory book for them in the future.

5. Paint

One of the nicest ways to express your creativity is to use paint. Get large sheets of paper and lots of paint. Go mad and use your hands and feet — it’s liberating. To avoid any stress, prepare the area well and cover with plastic or newspaper. Have some water on hand to wash when you are finished.

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