Five ways to get your kids off screens and off
Instead of wasting their time with TV shows, streams, games, phones, etc., it might be a good idea to try to get them out of the house for a bit.
Here are five fun and creative ways to keep your kids busy during the school holidays:
- Plan nature walks and hikes
Depending on your child’s age and fitness level, you can plan for light to moderate walks and hikes. If you are in an area close to a nature reserve, a mountain or certain parks, you could go for a walk with your family. If you’re not near such a place, a walk around the block will even do wonders for you all and give your child some fresh air and a break from screens.
- Go to the bush
If you can afford it, plan a family bush vacation. There’s no better way to keep children away from their devices than physically away from them or in an area that encourages disconnection. Kruger National Park is a great choice for families as children and adults alike will be captivated by the animals, the smell of the outdoors, and the wide open spaces. If you need a magical place to stay, Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge offers family rooms in the earthly chambers called Bridge House. These rooms are suitable for families with children over eight years old. Not only that, but anyone under 12 only pays half the price of an adult. In addition to what Shalati has to offer, families can also head to the nearby Kruger Station area, which has tons of activities for adults and children.
- Enjoy your own garden
If you have an outdoor space in the form of a garden, you can make the most of these school holidays. Have the children make bird feeders and fill them when they are low. This not only allows children to get outside, but also to be enthusiastic about doing their part for nature.
If your yard isn’t too kid-friendly right now and needs a little TLC and cleaning, you can enlist the help of SweepSouth Field Services. With help from SweepSouth and using garden services booked through the app, you can get your garden ready for kid-friendly adventures in no time. Alen Ribic, co-founder of SweepSouth and father of three, notes that even if your garden is small, you can make it a fun and enjoyable space for the whole family if you have the right kind of help.
You can give your child vegetables and plants to start an outdoor garden and teach them how to take care of it during the holidays.
- Sign them up to volunteer at an animal shelter
This one is more for older kids who probably need the screen break more than their younger siblings if we’re being honest. Animal shelters always need volunteers to do housework, walk animals, help with playtime and more. You can sign up your child to volunteer with one of these organizations, especially if they are an animal lover themselves. Various reports also suggest that when children are exposed to pets and animals, it can contribute to confidence and self-esteem. It also teaches responsibility and can help teach empathy.
- Set outdoor play dates with other parents
The advantage of school holidays and being a parent is knowing that there are hundreds and thousands of other parents who are going through the same thing as you. Most parents wonder what to do with their children during these school holidays. So why not organize play dates and outdoor activities together? Every day could be a different parent’s responsibility to find something fun. And it doesn’t have to be all day either. It could be an hour-long scavenger hunt in someone’s backyard, a picnic in the local park, a walk along the beach with other parents and children. , or even a creative, messy play day where kids can do arts and crafts and are encouraged to get messy.