11 fun things to do at home with the kids these school holidays

Whether it’s the weather or your just feeling like staying at home these school holidays, we’ll help you make it through with our fun and stimulating at-home activities for kids of all ages—no fancy equipment required.

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Cluey Learning Thursday, 8 December 2022

1. Go “shopping”

Let the kids go “grocery shopping” in your kitchen. All you need is a basket (or similar), and something they can use as currency to “buy” whatever snacks they want to eat that day. A fun and delicious way to inject a little Maths into their holidays.

2. Learn something online

With school and most extracurriculars on hiatus, now’s the ideal time to learn something new. Why not encourage the kids to enroll in an online photography class, take a virtual museum tour, learn another language; the options are endless. Whatever it is they want to learn, the internet makes it accessible and convenient.

Code Camp FUN Holiday Programs

Code Camp is the BEST way for kids to beat the boredom! Their fun holiday camps are both educational and entertaining – offering kids the chance to learn how to code, design their own games and even master the basics of DJing!

Here, kids aged 5-13 can exercise their creativity in STEM-based programs. Their online camps and in-person camps are full of fun, ranging from Roblox Legends where kids work in groups to create “choose your own adventure” games, to DJ Camp for those budding DJs who want to master the basic of mixing and producing their own music!

Does your child love vlogging or watching YouTube videos? Then enrol them into the online YouTube Creators Camp! Or let their imagination and creativity run free in an Animation Camp like Jurassic World Animation!


3. Become a street artist

Every driveway, balcony or foot path is a potential artwork, game of hopscotch or racetrack for toy cars. And because it’s winter, their masterpiece will most likely be washed away by the rain, leaving a blank canvas for tomorrow.

4. Read

Reading has many benefits beyond entertainment. As well as decreasing stress and increasing vocabulary and conversation skills, reading is done in silence, which is probably hard to come by in your house these days. It doesn’t really matter what they’re reading—comic books are books too—and the little ones may need a little help, but for a few peaceful minutes, it’s worth it.

5. Grow your own veggies

Kids can learn a lot from gardening. Starting a veggie patch is an opportunity for them to learn about different species of plants and what each of them need to grow. There’s also the sensory experience of touching and smelling soil, seeds and flowers and the physical strength-building that comes from digging, planting and watering. Plus, a little fresh air is never a bad thing.

6. Play a game of cards

Swap their joystick for a pack of playing cards. Card games are a fabulous form of entertainment, and they promote a range of wonderful skills like patience, strategy, focus, and decision-making. Most of the classics are little-kid friendly too.

7. Take a colour bath

A few drops of food colouring (don’t worry; it won’t destroy your tub) can turn bath time into a science experiment. Fill old soap or shampoo bottles with different coloured water and watch as their mini brains observe, predict and compare what happens when they add colour in varying amounts.

8. Bake something

Baking your best biccies can easily turn into a day-long activity. Spend the morning creating DIY aprons out of old t-shirts, then bake and decorate in the afternoon. Measuring/weighing ingredients is another sneaky way to encourage mathematical thinking outside of the classroom.

9. Put on a puppet show

Grab your craft box and your bag of odd socks (we all have one)—sock puppets are an easy activity for little hands. Puppet shows encourage creativity and imaginative play and watching them bring their home-made puppets to life can be pretty darn adorable too.

11. Guilt-free screen time

Screens can be used for a whole lot more than just mindless binging; video-chat book-reading sessions with the grandparents, online yoga classes and virtual playdates with friends are just a start. For something more educational, keep their minds sharp with Cluey’s online tutoring sessions for kids in grades 2-12.

11. Watch the sunset

If you can see it, that is. The sun sets so early this time of year, making it the perfect activity to do with the younger ones. There’s nothing like a little family bonding and a majestic display of nature to bring the cortisol levels down, helping everyone unwind before bedtime and another frenzy-filled day begins.

Want more Fun Indoor Activity Ideas?

Then check out this guide to 79 fun indoor activities for kids!

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