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Winter holiday activities for kids

“The winter holidays are here! How am I going to keep my kids busy?” This is the question many parents are asking themselves right now. Don’t worry, we’ve put together a few exciting activities you can do with your kids during the school holidays.

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Freeze!

Music and DVDs have the power to get kids tuned into their physical abilities. Play a fun musical game by letting them dance to their favourite songs; when the music stops, tell them to freeze in whatever position they find themselves in – even if they have both arms up in the air, or are balancing on one leg. To make the game even more exciting, ask them to freeze in specific poses like different shapes, letters, or even animal poses.

Puzzles, board games, and activity books

Practise those creative and problem-solving skills with puzzles or activity books. Arrange a play date where the kids and their friends can play a range of fun board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Uno, and chess. You could also set-up a friendly competition to see who can build their favourite puzzle in the quickest time.

Allow them to be creative and make their own puzzle from scratch. They can draw their own picture using pencil crayons, wax crayons, paint, or khokis on a piece of paper or cardboard. Use a graphite pencil to outline the puzzle pieces on the drawing; then cut them out with a pair of scissors. Once this has been done, mix up the pieces, and start solving the puzzle.

Little chefs

There is nothing better than munching on food while playing games. Parents do not have to slave away in the kitchen at all! Show the kids how to prepare their own lunch by making this easy Hawaiian pita pizza.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Pita bread (you can also use whole-wheat)
  • Diced bacon (or slices of ham)
  • Diced pineapple
  • Mozzarella cheese (or any cheese of your liking)
  • Tomato paste (you can use a can or packet)

DIRECTIONS:

Start by preheating the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Layer a piece of pita with some tomato paste, bacon, and diced pineapple. Sprinkle some cheese on top – add a few more pieces of bacon and pineapple if you like a lot of toppings. Next, place it on a baking tray and bake for 8 – 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the pita has reached the desired level of crispness. Remove it from the oven, and use a sharp knife to cut it into slices.

See our recipe books here.

Alphabet hunt

Kids love finding things when there is a reward involved. Simply write down the letters of the alphabet in a book, and let your kids search for objects in the house that start with each letter. Get creative and mark some objects with a piece of string or a marker, and tell them these items can lead to coins. Let them write the name of the object next to the letter. This should keep them busy for a while, and the coins can be put into their money boxes.

Find the tree

When the kids get cabin fever, take them outdoors to the park for some fresh air. They can collect samples of leaves, which they can paste onto a piece of paper when they get home; they can then identify which trees the different leaves belong to. This is a fun way to spend a day outdoors and cultivate a love for nature!

The rainy season will keep the kids indoors for most of the time, so go to your nearest CNA store today to find more puzzles, activity books, board games, DVDs, movies, and arts and craft products.

                                                                                                                                                 Megan Moos