When the summer break from school arrives, parents all over the country must have plans in place to keep their children occupied on rainy days. Let’s face it, there is no shortage of them in this country. Keeping children occupied is an art form that is only achieved with experience. They often have a short attention span and so many creative ideas must be considered to keep them from driving their parents insane.
If you are a parent who is dreading the upcoming holidays, here are some ideas for keeping your kids occupied for a while if it is too wet for them to play outside.
Bake Some Delicious Cakes
Have you made any cakes since you were a child? The number of adults that haven’t is staggering. Lots of people have no idea of the ingredients or measurements because they left all of the boring stuff to their mom, instead choosing to play star wars with the electric mixer while waiting to be called into action once all of the ingredients were ready for them.
Here is a quick guide to jogging your memory.
125g Unsalted Butter
125g Self Raising Flour
125g Caster Sugar
2 Large Eggs
2 tablespoons of semi-skimmed milk
Place the sugar and butter into a large bowl and mix them together.
Beat the eggs before whisking them into the bowl to make the mix nice and fluffy. Add a teaspoon full of the flower to stop the mix curdling.
Use a metal spoon to fold in the rest of the flour. It is hard work and will keep the little ones occupied for ten or fifteen minutes.
Add the milk.
Divide the mixture evenly into cake cases or a cake tray.
Put the cakes into a preheated oven at 190 degrees centigrade or gas mark 5 until they have risen and are golden brown. It usually takes about ten to twelve minutes.
Decorate the cakes with butter icing and whatever else the kids choose to put on them. They are usually very creative with this task.
Decorate A Wall
Is your child’s bedroom plain and boring? Why not allow them to help paint a wall with you? We are not talking about plain old emulsion here, be a little more creative. Use water-based paints and stencils to create a masterpiece. Let their imagination run wild. After all, what is the worst that could happen?
Materials for making great cards are freely available on the internet or in shops these days so think about building up a good stock ready for the holidays. Cutting out and sticking makes little mess that is easily swept up at the end of the project. Encourage them to sit properly at the table and use scissors correctly. The child is happy to chat away while you both work together in creating some very imaginative cards.
Hire a Movie
When all is lost, and you have no energy left, there is sometimes no alternative but to watch a movie while you regain your strength ready for the next round of play. Make it a long one, and you may manage to steal a quick nap while the kids are engrossed in the film.
The summer break is a long one, and you will need to think of more activities. Try to have about twenty different things to do on your list so that you can choose from them when the children are getting bored. Hold your nerve and the break will come to an end. Then pass the baton once more to the school who are experts at engaging young minds. Your mission will be complete for another summer, and you will have a whole year to plan for the next one. You will miss this time when they have grown up, so make the most of it.