Most of my Photography work is on hold as from tomorrow since it’s Aberdeenshire schools mid-term break. Google what to do with the kids over the holidays and you’ll be met with a plethora of wonderful ideas of how to entertain the wee ones; from introducing elaborate craft projects to teaching them to abseil.
But what about those days when you just want to do normal stuff to keep them occupied? You’ve exhausted the usual country walks around Stonehaven, Laurencekirk and the rest of Aberdeenshire (or the North East weather means you don’t want to go out) and you need some quick ideas to engage them (and save your sanity). What then?
Here are 5 Walter family favourites to ease you into the holiday…
1. Take them on a train journey
I know, hardly very exciting. But honestly- they love it. I took my 3-year-old on a train journey from Stonehaven to Aberdeen and she absolutely adored the whole adventure.
She spent the entire journey with serious little clasped hands, looking out at the countryside whizzing by- she’s even convinced that she saw hippos.
Choose one simple task. Go to 2 or 3 shops close to the train station, have juice and a snack at Union Square, or even visit The Science Centre in Dundee (it’s right behind the train station). Choose a day where journeys are frequent (checking for disruptions before you leave) and go for it!
2. Cheat at baking
This world is full of talented parents who bake with their children. A lot of my good friends are at it. I don’t do that. If you’re like me and baulk at the thought of getting out the flour while trying to locate an adequately shaped oven tin (is that even what it’s called?) then cheat.
Pick up a few packets of cake mix that you just add butter and water to. Like these. Give the children a bowl each and let them have a go. The lack of effort needed means it really doesn’t matter if it all ends in an Epic Fail. For the teacher in you, set the timer and show the wee ones how to measure quantities and you’ve got numeracy covered!
3. Have a picnic lunch in the living room
This is something we do often. Lunch is much more fun (and is somehow more likely to be eaten) when we have one of our indoor picnics.
You could use a nice picnic blanket, but more often than not, we just pop two big beach towels down on the living room floor. My kids love to have their lunch in lots of little bowls that they can choose bits from. When done, the towels get chucked into the washing machine. No biggie.
4. Build a fort
Do you remember when your mum would make you a tent out of 2 chairs, a sheet and some cushions? For me, it was the best!
My children have their own tents in their bedrooms (don’t they all these days?) but there’s still something very special about a makeshift den. Let that nostalgia wash over you! (And enjoy a hot cuppa while they play…)
5. Let them have screen time
Despite popular media advice, I’m a firm believer in allowing children occasional screen time. Ipads, games consoles and the telly are wonderful. Many a special moment has been shared with all four of us snuggled under a blanket in front of the TV.
So that’s our Walter family no-effort guide to spending days off together. I would love to hear what family fun you get up to during the holidays.
Enjoy your break!
Disclaimer- we do the Pinterest stuff too. Sometimes.