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Home for the holidays – Play time tips
Plan a comfort food menu together and then get cooking. Whether rolling out pastry to make a hearty savoury pie, or digging into squishy cookie dough, little ones love to get their hands messy. Make sure you involve them in the washing up too!
Turn off the TV, spill out the crayons and textas onto the dining table, gather glue and scissors and get crafty. From colouring in a simple line drawing to creating a robot or monster made from old cereal packets, your child’s imagination is the only limit to what they can make. Getting stuck into a craft activity with your kids is a great way to bond with them too – young children will often share their thoughts and feelings whilst they are busy doing something else.
Grab a favourite storybook then snuggle up on the sofa under a cosy blanket or throw and get ready for some page-turning pleasure. The holidays give you time off from the weekly round of school readers and library books, so indulge your children with a long read where they can have the chance to get caught up in the story line. You might like to read them a favourite book from your childhood – it may even open up an interesting ‘then’ and ‘now’ conversation and help them discover a little bit more about you along the way.
If you need to balance out the down time with a little bit of ‘up’, then a classic game of hide and seek can be a lot of fun for the whole family. Take turns counting to ten while each of you finds a new place to hide. Even in the smallest of homes, children can often be surprisingly inventive at finding new little nooks and crannies in which to disappear. The spontaneous giggles and screams on discovery will have most parents joining in the fun.
Think back to your childhood and odds on you can remember having hours of imaginative play making your own special playhouse. From tee-pees to fairy castles and mini-me Wendy houses, you can create a fantastic playhouse out of little more than an old sheet. Drape over the kitchen table and cut out windows and doors, throw some cushions and blankets underneath, add a tea-set and teddies and your children can enter a whole new world. Now this is your chance to have a hot drink and put your feet up – for five minutes at least – happy holidays!