Fun holiday activities at home

    It’s easy to keep children occupied, active and happy without leaving your own home.

    With some planning, a modest budget and a bit of creative thinking, there are plenty of free or cheap activities that you can do at home.

    To keep track of what you will do – and what you have done - make a list of all the possible activities and put it on the fridge as a quick reference. Aim to have at least one different activity every day, and tick them off your list as you go.

    Some of our family day care educators have made some great suggestions that are fun, educational, and easy to set up:

    Plant a new garden

    Even if you only have a small outdoor area you can create a simple vegetable patch or flower garden. If you have no yard, there are many great pot-plants to choose from. Choose fast growing plants so they can see the results quickly.

    Camp out

    Who says you need to leave the house to go camping… you can set up a tent in the backyard – or in the lounge room – and pretend you are somewhere special. This is great for encouraging everyone to use their imagination.


    Plan a day of cooking. Depending on the age of the children, you could even turn it into a competition. An added benefit of this activity is that you get to eat the results.

    Movie madness

    With almost any movie you can imagine on demand online, you can make the most of a rainy/lazy day with a little movie madness by turning your lounge room into a movie theatre. If you’re feeling really creative, you could make some cardboard box cars for the kids, and have your own ‘drive-inn’ theatre.  

    Arts and crafts

    Face painting, papier mache, jewellery making, painting … all you need is a box of materials from around your own home or from the local craft store, and you’ll have hours of fun at your disposal.

    Build a cubby

    Who doesn’t love a self-made fort or cave? Try building a cubby out of boxes, sheets or other items around the house. Putting sheets or blankets over a washing line or kitchen table can be a quick, fun way to make a hideout.

    Treasure hunt

    A good old-fashioned treasure hunt is loads of fun and very rewarding! Hide some things around the house, write some clues or create a treasure map to lead the children on an exhilarating adventure. Be sure to have a good prize ready for the winner.

    These are just a few ideas to get you started; there are so many more great activities to choose from… you are only limited by your own creativity and imagination.  


    Posted November 28, 2016 in Blog