Friday, November 1, 2019 / 39 Comments

Fun and Cheap Ideas to Entertain Your Kids on Holiday Breaks


I'll admit it....I love holiday breaks with the kids but sometimes they REALLY get on my nerves a lot. Like a lot a lot. They are always hungry....even after you just fed them... and they always are bored and they always want to play on some tech gadget. So sometimes...you just gotta take the bull by the horns and lay down the law and tell the little turkeys how it's gonna be.
I mean really say...I have no time for your whining...this is how it's going to be and pray it works.

The Mr. and I laid down the law a few years ago when all of the relatives and kids wanted to hang with us during the holidays. We were over the non-stop eating and arguing over the television shows and there were little people everywhere making demands.      

 We were like....glad you are here but NO...this is our show. You don't run our circus and we came up with the following ideas that really work. The munchkins learned something and had fun and for the most part the whining and complaining stopped. Amen.



First we learned to kick the munchkins outside...even if it was cold. They bundled up and had to use their imaginations. The kids created separate little play areas, that for years now, they continue to play at when they come down and it entertains our son all year. Got an old tire? Let them bury it and stand on it. It's good for hours of entertainment. It's free and bonus...they are tired and will fall asleep early. 

Second, find a project and assemble it with them. It doesn't have to be BIG or expensive just something to work on together. This past Fall break we bought another set of bunkbeds....they kids keep getting bigger and the pallet parties in the living room aren't as much fun as sleeping in your own cozy comfy bed. 



Third, Let them have their own photoshoots and take pictures of each other. We went all over the farm and they had fun posing and taking shots of each other.


Fourth, get in touch with nature. Climbing a tree or going to the park are both free. They keep climbing higher so I make sure to stand by with my camera. It's good for hours of fun.


Fifth, pull out the balls....soccer, basketball, football...you name it. Let everyone get in on the fun.


Sixth, play dress up. I've never met a kid under 16 who doesn't like to try on different clothes, costumes or props that we have laying around the house. Here they used Bugles and made Halloween costumes. What? Food works too and they get to eat it.


Seventh, go to a local game together. It never is too early to teach kids the value of sportsmanship and just spend one on one time together. They will always remember the time you spent with them and they really value it.


We also are fortunate to live on a farm so we have bonfires, make smores, sing songs and much more.

It doesn't really matter if you live in the city or the country an apartment or a home. All of these can be adapted to entertain your little friends and family affordably.

So tell me what other things you do that don't cost a fortune to entertain your crew during school breaks?


I'd love to hear.

Happy Fall,

Valerie

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39 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lot of fun. I don't have kids myself but I can try some of these when I see my niece and nephew.

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  2. It's always great when you can get the kids outside and using their imaginations. Being outdoors is so good for them.

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  3. I always like sending my kids outside. My boys tend to be wild inside

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  4. I admire parents who influence their kids to stay active. By enjoying the outdoor activities something I would do as well.

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  5. I am fortunate that my boys like to be active. And we all love spending time together! Thanks for the ideas!

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  6. i couldn't agree more on holidays all kids want non stop munching and they are always hungry i love how you are implementing these tips to keep them fit and they are learning too while playing and exploring

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  7. My mom just always told me to go play outside lol. Times have changed so much it seems.

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  8. Your children are really lucky, in short I would have liked to enjoy the same joy.

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  9. Great ideas! God knows, without something to do we'd all go mad!

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  10. Good tips! Thanks for sharing.-Jojo Reyes Jr

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  11. These are really great ideas! I have become a fan of trying not to spend ANY money everytime my son needs something to do. We like going outside for hikes, nature is the best and free! I also like to look up free days at museums. It's educational and a good way to stay indoors if it's too cold outside.

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  12. Photoshoots and spending time in nature are definitely a great ideas to keep kids entertained. I'm just about to head to the park!

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  13. Such a great way to keep the kids entertained! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

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  14. A great way to keep the kiddos busy and having loads of fun!

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  15. We try to keep the kids busy over breaks. We visit nature centers, get outside, have friends over, do lots of baking..

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  16. awesome ideas! i am sure kids would love it, especially as kids treasure time together and time doing things they normally don't do or do but in a different way

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  17. That's great you were able to get them out of the house. I just have the one, so I suppose it's not quite the same. But when we are at my brothers, all the kids get out of the house.

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  18. Some fabulous ideas here to keep the kids busy during the holidays. We did some of the things you mentioned here from playing with balls, to going to the park and playing dress-up

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  19. Love this post and there are so many things that can be done that do not cost a dime! Love this list and I remember being a kid and just playing for hours outdoors..... nothing better for sure!

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  20. I think it's a great idea to get the kids outside to burn off some energy! Having them take photos is also great since they all seem to love their cellphones!

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  21. Good tips all. We just finished a weekend of babysitting two toddlers and boy, it's exhausting! I really liked the idea about putting together the bunk beds. Not that we have them, but the project idea really is cool!

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  22. I super love the ideas. I look forward to these breaks and to having fun with my kids.

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  23. These are wonderful ideas to consider. Having break doesn't need to be pricey. I love your suggestions

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  24. I like these ideas! I am all about cheap. Luckily my kids are older and can basically entertain themselves. We do movie nights, but I remind them I am not their entertainment or chauffeur and to read a book if they're bored.

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  25. These are fabulous ways to keep the kids entertained. Your kids seem to have had a blast!

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  26. Introducing the kids to the outdoors is something very good for them to enjoy summer. They will surely look back to the experience and even make stories about that to their youngsters when they become parents

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  27. You are such a great parent! These are great ideas to keep your kids entertained.

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  28. Yes sometimes you do have to take away the tech from the children. The Bugle fingers were something I did as a kid myself.

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  29. These are some great ideas! And I love that most of them are outdoor!

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  30. With so many screens around the house it is so important to get the children to play outdoors. When we were children we used to have such fantastic times playing outside, making our imaginations go wild.

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  31. I love the idea of letting them help you with a project. This would be especially helpful if you were painting a room or stripping wallpaper. I always found that to be the funnest.

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  32. if i have kids, i would probably try these great ideas as well. :) these are all fun to do.. plus the quality time spent is priceless...

    Cha at Little MisadvenCHA

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  33. It's like they say, it's all about the memories. Thanks for sharing this as a reminder.

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  34. 1 million photos and videos later... When my kids were younger I would always find weird photos and videos on my smartphone because that is how they entertained themselves. Trying to do slow motion videos was their number one thing. This was before it was available as a feature on smartphones

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  35. My nieces and nephew go to camp during their breaks. It's not free but it keeps them entertained while their parents are working.

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  36. thanks for this. I'm always looking for ways to keep the family entertained on a budget.

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  37. Looks like they all had such a fun time! Letting them hang out outside is a great idea.

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  38. You are making so many cool memories for them. Great ideas not just for kids but whole family.

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