Most schools will be closing this week after the president's address last night. This is a much-needed time of rest for the little ones, especially after a tough start to the school year due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this period can also be very stressful for parents as they have to think of ideas of how to keep the kids occupied during this time without breaking the bank and compromising the household budget. With some parents still working from home, it's important to have a plan in order to avoid frustration from both adults and children. That is why we have put together a list of some affordable ideas of what to do during school holidays.
Visit your local museum: a fun and educational experience for the kids to get some historical knowledge.
Baking - there are tons of fun recipes online to bake with children which will make them feel that sense of accomplishment while enjoying a delicious treat together.
Gardening - planting seasonal flowers or vegetables together or tending to an existing garden, giving the little one a sense of responsibility and understanding of the environment.
Arts and Crafts - it may get a little messy, but it's fun to do an art and craft project together, be it water based painting or recycling items around the house like toilet paper holders to make all sorts of craft projects which are sure to keep them occupied for a while.
Visit your local library - helping them to develop a culture of reading by visiting your local library which will often have locally relevant reading material in various local languages.
Visit the Planetarium or a Science Park - these places normally have a curated schedule during school holidays with all sorts of programmes meant to expose young minds to the wonders of the world and science.
Nature walks - spending time in the outdoors has been proven to boost one's mood and energy, watching nature, listening to the sounds of birds and gazing at expansive blue skies does wonders to the young and old.
There are endless possibilities to what you can do with your children. Those who are in coastal cities or less densely populated areas are even more lucky to include walks on the beach or finding all sorts of hiking trails. What is needed is the commitment to spend time with our families, making a lifetime of memories in the process. While having fun with your loved ones during the holidays, you may also want to check in with your Liberty Financial Adviser whether your financial plan is still intact to achieve your life goals or whether your insurance cover is still enough for your family.