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Occupying Kids Productively over the School Holidays 2011

by Mamapumpkin‏
Posted on 11 March 2011

Oh my goodness, where did time go? Thankfully, the first school holiday for the year eases us in with only 5 days of which to entertain our kids before they drive us absolutely bonkers. Having been through enough school holidays to draw comparisons and conclusions, we now plan our school holidays. Planning them doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be dogmatic about it and follow your plan to the T but at least, it gives you something to work towards and doesn’t idle time away. I’m one for productivity so we even plan to REST!!!

Working and non working parents can first enrol kids into a fun holiday programme such as those organised by Lara’s Place (tel: 03-79568768), Insight Kids (tel: 03-20936178 ), or Caterpillar (tel: 03-6201 0378). Kids usually love these programmes because they get to do all the fun things that they normally don’t get to do during school days. Take at least a day or two out of your annual leave if you are a working Mom to spend with your children. Some ideas on how to spend the school holidays include:-

Visit a new place together as a family
If you cannot take time out to go for a holiday, making a trip together as a family is one sure way to bond and will give kids some memories of their time together with you. Schedule half a day or two thirds of your day for this trip, leaving the remainder to return home for rest.

  1. Elephant Sanctuary in Kuala Gandah, Pahang (1.5 hours drive from KL) – ride, feed, play and swim with the elephants. (tel: 03-9075 2872 or 09-2790391) - http://www.wildlife.gov.my/index.php/en/our-services/recreational-facilities/385
  2. Visit Batu Caves - http://www.batucaves.com/
  3. Get on the Hop On Hop Off Bus and tour KL (tel: 03 2691 1382) - http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/
  4. Spend a day of outdoor adventure at Skytrex (tel: 013276 9841) - http://www.skytrex-adventure.com/
  5. Drive to a waterfall for a picnic at the Sungai Gabai Waterfalls in Hulu Langat - http://www.scribd.com/doc/27316736/Picnic-at-Sungai-Gabai-Waterfall

Make a craft for fun or to present to somebody
Assign your child to explore his creativity in making something for someone. Whose birthday is coming up? Discuss the project with him before hand and compile all the materials he needs. Then, let him spend half a day (or all day!) working on this project.

  1. Make a Halloween costume or any other fancy dress costume so that your child has a costume as and when the next costume party comes knocking. Make a bat costume (http://mamapumpkin.com/2009/11/09/how-to-make-a-bat-costume/  and   http://mamapumpkin.com/2009/11/08/our-halloween/ ). Click on this link for more ideas on costume craft (http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/costumes_for_kids.htm )
  2. Make a toy to play himself or to present to someone:-
    1. Toy periscope? (http://www.pitara.com/activities/craft/online.asp?story=111),
    2. Monster feet? (http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/monster_feet_craft.htm )
    3. A London Bus? (http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/london_bus_craft.htm )
    4. A Coin Savings Post Box – (http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/post_box_money_box_craft.htm )
    5. Cheerleader Pom-Poms (http://craftastica.blogspot.com/2008/09/plastic-bag-pompoms.html )
  3. Other fun craft!
    1. Noise makers bottle shakers (http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/homemade_instruments_shaker.htm )
    2. Make a fun note wreath to put your child’s timetable, their daily chores, a rules list or whatever else you fancy….(http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/resolutions_wreath.htm )
    3. Make your own BLOCKS with meaning (http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/great_wall_of_friendship.htm )

Improve A Skill
With all the busyness of every day school life, we can hardly focus and work towards the betterment of our weaknesses. Why not take advantage of the holidays to improve a skill or start a new skill? It can be a little bit of piano practise or improving handwriting or counting, swimming strokes……whatever!

Learn a Cultural Project
In educating our own children, since our education system is so lacking, perhaps take the initiative to teach your children something about another culture and create a project out of it. Get your child to pick a flag and ask him which country he would like to learn about this holiday. For example, if it is China (or even Malaysia!), make sure your child recognises the nation’s flag first and foremost. Show your child where it is on the map and do your research so that you can tell your child some stories about the country. Talk about the weather, the currency, some history, and then pick one topic to expand upon. Get your child to do a little project on that country.

Take Time to do Everyday Things
Get your child to read some books, watch TV, play the Wii, take him to the playground, go cycling around the neighbourhood, listen to music, play toys, paint a picture, write a story, draw a dream, compose a song, choreograph a dance……..

Be a Little Different
Get your child to be interested in participating in any one of the following activities:-

  1. Make Lego Movies - Build objects with Lego and take pictures. If your child is older, you could teach him how to make his own lego movies by snapping every small movement of his completed lego objects and creating a story which eventualises in a movie from camera playbacks! Teach him how cartoon animations are made!
  2. Play Super Model - Give your girl the liberty and freedom of all her clothes and throw in some jewellery and props and teach her how to use the timer function in your camera so she can pose and model and take lots of her own pictures.
  3. Research the Family Tree – This will need your help obviously but good for your child to learn their roots. Print paper photographs of all your child’s uncles and aunties, cousins, grandparents and however far up you can go! Then get him to cut and paste everyone in their rightful locations.

There! That should be enough to keep your little ones occupied for the week! Make your children’s school holiday meaningful! Enjoy!!!


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