Vacation Trouble Hunters – The Gisborne Herald


Posted on October 02, 2021 at 12:40 p.m.

Preeti Maheshwari shares some ideas from his own experience of keeping his son busy during school holidays. . .

Need ideas to occupy the children during the school holidays? The holidays can be a great time to bond with your kids and even let your inner child come out to play. But it can also be a stressful time when children can misbehave due to boredom. And if you’re hesitant to get out of town due to the Delta outbreak or if your plans have been put on hold, here are some ideas for keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays.

Nature walk treasure hunt

No matter where you live, be it near the beach, the sand, or the bush, the outdoors is full of things to collect.

Write a list of things your children can find outdoors: sticks, feathers, seashells, leaves, stones, sand. They will carry this list like a card and check off each item as they go.

Once they’re done hunting and gathering, you can move on to the next activity below.


The holidays are a great time for children to unleash their creativity.

Give them crayons, pastels, watercolors and drawing sheets and let their imaginations run wild.

Drawing will not only help them use their time efficiently, but it can also help improve hand-eye coordination and focus. You can also teach them various painting methods like spray painting with toothbrush, thumb painting, etc. They can also paint pebbles or make a piece of nature art by gluing sticks, leaves, and feathers to a piece of paper or cardboard.

You can also make them discover the crafts of the trash can. Encourage the children to make something from the trash like ice cream sticks, broken items, and empty containers.


It’s easy to create keepsake ornaments and decorations with this fun paper folding art. Origami can be used to create flowers, animals, decorations, gift boxes, and more by carefully folding a piece of paper. If you’ve never tried this activity, now is the time to give it a try.

Getting your hands dirty

Gardening is not just for adults. These school holidays introduce your children to this fun activity. Show your children how to plant a seed and water the plants.

Have them plant their own sapling and record the daily growth of the plants. You can also teach them the process of composting with kitchen scraps and adding them to plants. They will not only learn little gardening tips, but also learn how to take care of plants.

Have a garage sale

Have the children clear their rooms and organize a garage sale. Pool all the money and let your child buy a toy.

Camp in the yard

If you’ve got the room, it’s a great way to “get away” from that vacation, without going overboard. Pack blankets, pillows and sleeping bags, pitch a tent, and turn your backyard into a vacation adventure. Share interesting stories and doze off under the stars.

Nature work of art.


Camping in the yard.


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