Summer School holidays are about to send mums across the nation into a total spin. How on earth are we meant to keep them entertained for the next 8 weeks? Help!
Here are just a few ideas to help you get into the swing of things and help keep you on track with your regular Healthy Mummy eating and exercise routine.
Arts and crafts are great for children of all ages. There are so many ideas from paper plate faces to finger painting on canvas, your kids can keep entertained for hours and make use of their amazing, natural imaginations!
With all the delicious and juicy fruits that are summer fruits, this is the ideal time for fruit picking.
There are literally hundreds of fruit-picking farms that are open to the public and who welcome wholeheartedly members of the public to pick fruit and take their pickings home. This, in turn, encourages them to use their pickings with their kids in the kitchen.
Most kids love baking, cooking and eating what they create. You can make extra and store it in the freezer for when needed, which is an added bonus!
Here at the Healthy Mummy, we have many recipes that are easy enough for your kids to lend a helping hand, or make entirely themselves, with minimal supervision from you!
Summer is a great time to get your herb garden underway. There are so many herbs at this time of year, the choices are endless.
You might even find that your children want to try out the herbs that they plant. They can even watch them as they grow, helping them to understand the lifecycle of plants.
Summer is a time for outdoors and sunny days, but there will inevitably be those rainy and gloomy days too.
School holidays can be very overwhelming at the best of times. It is important to also remember that you need some time out and relaxation time too. Plus it is actually good for kids to be bored and entertain themselves!
During the school holidays, it is not always possible to do exercise every day. For this reason, it is important to squeeze in one, or two where possible.
Luckily at the Healthy Mummy, we totally understand these struggles and have comprised exercises for busy mums who are completely time poor.
Remember, any opportunity to get your body moving is a good one! So it can just be incidental exercises such as taking your kids for a walk, or doing lunges whilst cooking dinner. Get the kids involved too.
Grab a towel, hat and some sunscreen and head to the pool, river or beach. Make sure you get in a few laps while you are there.
Let the kids invite a friend over each and take turns playing at one another’s houses. That way you and the other mum can also take turns in getting a break too!
Kids love going on an outing on the tram or bus. Grab a book and enjoy some quiet while they lap up the thrill of taking a tour around their local area on public transport.
A great way to get in some daily exercise is kicking a ball with the kids or playing chasings around the park. Or use the playground equipment to help you pump out a few quick exercises.
Most museums are free entry or just a gold coin donation. The kids will have hours of fun wandering around exploring all the amazing treasures.
Why not pop in for a cuddle with a furry friend and visit the nearest cat or dog adoption centre? Even the pet shop can be fun to see all the little tiny furry critters.