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December 18, 2021
Ahhh, remember those heady days of grade school and the way we would count down the days, hours, and seconds until the final bell rang, setting us free for a couple of glorious unschooled weeks over the holiday break? There simply was no better feeling.
Kids today share in that same excitement…until, about 24 hours into their vacation, they utter the two words every parent dreads…
Suddenly, the previously joyous holiday break stretches out before parents and children as some sort of unbearable prison sentence.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
The good news is, there are plenty of fun indoor activities kids can enjoy no matter the weather. All that’s required is a bit of forethought and prep from moms and dads. To give you a little inspiration, we’ve gathered 4 products and ideas guaranteed to bust boredom and keep kids entertained for hours….and some don’t require parental participation…you’re welcome.
It’s an oldie but goodie and, in today’s time of high-tech toys, old-school board games can be somewhat of a novelty for tech savvy kiddos.
While games like Uno and Go Fish are always fun, why not up the entertainment factor with games like Throw, Throw, Burrito and Exploding Kittens (don’t worry…no kittens are harmed during the game). Both are fast paced and guaranteed to entertain kids ages 6 and up.
Craft projects are always fun for kids but can sometimes be a pain for parents who feel as though they must do most of the work. This problem is solved with Craftikit, an ingenious crafting kit containing no less than 20 craft projects!
Best of all, the kit includes everything you need to complete every project, and each project is individually packaged in its own envelope. Older children can easily create paper puppets and suncatchers on their own and can assist younger siblings, making this a great kit to have on hand when parents need to take care of business…or just take a break.
The old blanket forts we built in our youth have undergone a serious facelift. These fan forts may be one of the pricier items on our list, but we aren’t kidding when we say these fun forts will keep children entertained…for days.
Fort prices vary according to the style selected (the red barn version comes in at just under $50) and inflate using a standard box fan. Best of all, when kids are finished playing, the fort easily folds up and can be packed away.
Indoor scavenger hunts are a great way to keep kids entertained while helping them hone their reading and problem-solving skills.
We love this set of printable, holiday-themed scavenger hunt cards on Etsy. Use them to lead kids to a small gift, a treat, or a homemade gift card they can cash in for a little extra screen time or to have a friend over to play.
Having a few activities on hand before kids cry “I’m bored!” can be a life saver during the holidays. From all of us at Nalakai, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season!
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