Fun School Holiday Activities during COVID-19
Wednesday 15 April 2020
The school holidays have landed! With the current lockdown restrictions in place, parents across the country are having to find new ways to keep kids entertained over the school break.
Without the usual family get-togethers and playtime with friends, this can be a real challenge. However, with the help of the internet, you can do yoga or dancing, check out some world-class art whilst making some crafts of your own and learn about nature, from all the animals on Earth to the surface of Mars.
Don’t have a great internet connection or want to have some time away from computer or television screens? There are plenty of fun activities you could be doing these holidays that don’t involve a screen. One good place to start would be reading a book. There are some amazing kids books created by Indigenous artists and authors that you can check out here.
You could also try playing board games or card games.
For the active people out there we can still do exercise in our local area so going for a walk or run is great for your mental health and to get some fresh air outside the house. If that isn’t for you, kicking a soccer ball or footy in the backyard might be a bit more fun. If your garden is looking like it needs some improvements you could learn how to start a kids vegetable garden or if you want to be eco-friendly, get started on composting.
If you want to do something thing this holidays that will help build your kids connection to culture, there is plenty of fun stuff to do out there. There are some great activities from previous NAIDOC Week celebrations that can keep you entertained or you could play a fun traditional game. Playing Aboriginal games helps develop a greater understanding and appreciation of culture, and there are plenty out there. Another great way to connect with culture is through art, and this is much easier if you don’t feel like being as active or need to stay indoors.
Crafts and Activities
With restrictions on what we are able to do outside the house, now is a great time to get active inside the house with arts and crafts. There are plenty of games, recipes and craft activities as well as some slightly more art-related activities. If you want to try something harder, there are step-by-step instructions on projects like origami, clay pots 3D cards and more. Maybe if you want to keep it simple, you could do some drawing lessons or make an animated video or presentation online.
Culture and Countries
While we are not allowed to travel right now, we can still learn about foreign countries and plan a trip in the future. Why not start with exploring our whole planet with the highly detailed Google Earth and testing your skills with a geography guessing game? If you want to learn more, you can always learn the long and complicated histories of different geographical locations and read up on reports of different countries.
You can also explore cool cultural history in museums like the British Museum, with online exhibits on Egyptian Mummies or early humans or if you have somewhere more specific you would like to go like the Great Wall of China, that is possible too! You can also take an online tour to see the world-famous Louvre in Paris or do a special tour of the Met in New York, tailored especially for kids. If these two aren’t for you, browse through a long list of online museum tours collated by Google.
Even though we can’t go outside right now, there is still plenty of nature we can explore. Plenty of zoos have online tours, you can check out the world-famous San Diego Zoo, or if you want to stay a bit more local, Melbourne Zoo offers a great online tour as well. You might also want to check out Yellowstone National Park and if wild animals interest you, you could have an experience with some polar bears or take a dive and explore our great oceans. However, if you want to see some slightly more tame animals, maybe a tour of a farm is for you.
If you are struggling to stay active this holidays, there is plenty out there to keep everyone fit and mentally strong. There are plenty of online interactive workouts and even some specially developed for kids. On top of that, why not choose now to start thinking about mindfulness as a way to improve mental health and maybe combine it with some yoga?
If arts and crafts aren’t your thing but you still want to check out a few science experiments you can do at home. Get learning with National Geographic or if space is more your thing maybe NASA would be a better teacher. If you want a closer look, there is always the chance to check out the US Space and Rocket Centre in Alabama, or if you want to feel like an astronaut, you can skip the rocket and go straight to Mars. Though if you are more in the mood to listen rather than look, there are plenty of podcasts to listen to or you can even have a story read to you from space!
If you hadn’t learnt enough with all the other interesting topics, there are plenty of educational games available, some of them involving some cool history. The ABC can help you with your learning, or you can just watch something to stimulate your curiosity. If you get hungry, you can always fix that, and if you are hungry to learn to code, there is a fix for that too! Want to be ready when you go back to school? You can sharpen up on your maths in the holidays, there is plenty of it. If English is more your thing, you can boost your writing confidence and learn about grammar or maybe now is the time to learn about a new language? However, if you are a bit more of a music person, then why not learn to play an instrument online? You can even experiment with putting different music together.