Remember the days when all you needed to be ready for a holiday were your surfboard, bikini, little black dress and sunscreen?
“So the big question is - how do you keep children entertained whilst on holidays?”
Fast forward to now and you have a car load filled to the brim when you realise you still haven’t fit the portable cot in – major fail!
It’s common, we pack way too much to be ready for the unlikely but possible event. Or over-think entertainment for our kids. I’m pretty sure I don’t remember my parents worrying about entertainment when I was growing up whilst heading away on holidays. It seems things have changed or have we just over complicated things? I think there needs to be a balance.
So, how do you keep the kids entertained whilst on holidays?
- Allow them only a handful toys or entertainment so the amount is limited, this is also a great time for children to put their decision making skills to good use and for a parent to help guide them on making practical decisions.
Check out this cutie packing for her annual family holiday to Mornington, Victoria this Easter holidays! One reasonable backpack with organized pockets and spaces, check! One beautiful craft box with hours of imaginative play, check!
- Think technology ban, how often do kids get a chance to really be kids? Be outside and go on adventures and treasure finding hunts.
- Consider the scooter or bike won’t fit in the bag or car boot.
“Consider packing this bag ahead of time, maybe a day or two with your child so the anticipation of playing with the minimal toys and entertainment builds up”
Tip: Consider packing this bag ahead of time, maybe a day or two with your child so the anticipation of playing with the minimal toys and entertainment builds up and when they say they are bored remind them that when you get home that you won’t be unpacking this from the bag for another two days so they know they have to make the most of it.
Travelling and planning with kids is all being about balance but more importantly to enjoy and relax whilst away. Always go with your gut and it is feel more like a burden than fun, it doesn’t come! Worst case you will find yourselves becoming less dependent on bought entertainment and more time focusing on each other.