Keeping the family entertained during school holidays can be a challenge at the best of times, and with the extra layer of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions thrown in for some, we’d all be forgiven for reaching for digital screens as a solution. But, if you’d prefer to keep the family offline, we’re here to help with some of our favourite go-to activities that are 100% screen-free, 100% creative, and 100% guaranteed to help keep everyone entertained – even if you’re stuck indoors at home these school holidays.
1| Cute & Mindful Colouring with Our Free Downloadable
Combining mindfulness with colour is one of the most positive pairings we can think of when it comes to at-home activities kids (and adults!) will love. There’s no end to beautiful colouring books around these days for the young and the young at heart, and the best part is that taking a moment to focus on colouring inside the lines and creating a beautiful picture can be so beneficial for your wellbeing as well. Being truly mindful in these types of activities can not only increase self-awareness and improve focus, it can also improve relationships, reduce stress and lots more. Plus, colouring in is so fun!
At kikki.K we love colouring in so much that we’ve even created a FREE downloadable for you to print out and colour, featuring some of our much-loved characters from our Be Kind Collection – yay! So, grab your Colour Pens, Markers, Highlighters, Pencils, Crayons, Paint – whatever you wish – and get colouring with the kids.
2| Get Crafty with a little DIY
There’s no denying that our DIY Albums are an all-time favourite among kikki.K guests and teams alike. From creating photo albums, story books and recipe books to using them as an art book, games book, scrapbook and more, our DIY Albums, combined with a few more DIY items (such as Stickers, Markers, Decorative Tape, photos etc) are the perfect solution to school holiday boredom. Let the kids (or you!) decide how they want to use theirs and then let their creativity soar!
For a little inspiration, be sure to check out our DIY Album Blog, which is full of creative ways to use yours!
3| Putting PenS, Pencils, Markers and More to Paper – Make Journaling Fun
Okay, so journaling may not be the first thing you think of when trying to come up with fun activities for the school break, but believe us when we say you can make it fun!
When we think of journaling we often think of deep reflection, working through challenges and recording thoughts and ideas to help us clear our mind and find clarity. And while all of this is exactly what putting pen to paper is all about, there’s no reason you can’t have a little fun with it and add some flair for the kids. Here are some hot tips for getting the kids to journal and enjoy it!
- Encouraging kids to write down their thoughts, feelings and ideas each day is such a great way to help them grow and reflect. But don’t restrict journaling to just writing words. Encourage pictures, stick in images, add stickers and use colour. Tell a story and make it entertaining.
- Use fun journaling prompts such as:
– Describe and draw the funniest thing that happened to you this week
– List all your best friends and draw what you love about them
– If you could be any creature – alive or extinct – what would you be, and why?
– If you could have any superpower in the world, what would you choose? And share why you choose that?
– Tell me about your favourite food. Draw pictures if you like.
– Where is your favourite place to visit, why?
– Who would you most like to meet and why?
– Write a story about how you’d survive if you were stranded on a deserted island.
- For older children, our Sentence A Day Journal is a great place to start as well. There’s a thought-provoking prompt each day so they can get excited about jotting down their thoughts, dreams, inspirations, goals and more.
- Choose a Notebook, Notepad or Journal that will inspire creativity as well, and use a range of Pens, Pencils, Markers, Paints, Crayons and more!
4| Get Creative with our Paper Lover’s Books
If you’re familiar with our Paper Lover’s Books you’ll know they’re full of hours of DIY fun for all. Featuring gorgeous colours and designs as well as instructions for creating personalised gifts or DIY crafting projects, there’s no end to the fun you can have – and the kids will love it! Including gorgeous notepaper, patterned paper, envelopes, greeting cards, stickers, tags and more! They (and you) will love creative projects from scratch, and can even give them as gifts to their teachers or friends when they head back to school.
5| Planning FOR 2020 PART TWO – But Make it Fun (Yes, You Can!)
Again, when you think of fun activities, planning your time may not be the first (or even second) thing that comes to mind. However, by including the whole family in planning and setting goals for when school (and work/study) returns, and using colour and taking a fun approach, we think you’ll find everyone invested in the task and you’ll feel more connected as you plan your time.
Try getting the whole family involved in planning their 2020 Part Two. Whether you use a Family Calendar or Diary, or prefer Monthly Planner Pads for setting out your family’s commitments, appointments and important (and fun!) dates, it’s easy to assign each family member a different Coloured Pen, and even use fun Stickers or icons to mark dates and goals as you go. This can even become a monthly task for the whole family as the year progresses.
If you’re looking for some more fun DIY activities and things to keep the kids entertained, you may be able to find something in our Fun for Teachers Blog from a few months ago. Plus, a few more free and fun downloadable projects. Enjoy!