Keeping kids active during their summer holiday can be a difficult task, so why not put them to work? No, we don’t mean sending them out into the world to get a job, but there are chores you can get them to do around the house.
Not only will chores help reduce the number of times you hear the phrase ‘I’m bored’ over the six weeks of summer, they can also help to teach responsibility, especially if you’re using them as a way for your kids to earn pocket money.
You can teach them skills, get them involved with various interests and help them feel like they’ve really earned their spending money – even though we all know you were going to give them it anyway.
Of course, you can’t really send your little ones to get the weekly food shop – you could but you’ll probably just end up with crisps and chocolate – so here are some great chores you can set them that could be fun while helping them learn:
While you’ll still want to check that no coloured items are going in the white wash, getting your kids to help out with the washing can teach them an invaluable skill. When you consider how many adults don’t know how to use a washing machine, your kids will probably thank you in a few years!
Put them in charge of sorting out the dirty laundry into wash piles according to colour and temperature and then putting everything in the machine. While you’ll probably want to stick with the ironing, they could also hang everything out to dry and put their own clothes away. You may even want to throw in an extra bit of pocket money if they manage to avoid turning everything pink.
Not only will this mean you’re driving around with a nice clean car all summer – in theory at least – getting your kids to wash your car will likely keep them occupied for a while and they’ll have fun. So long as you don’t mind the fact that your children will end up soaking wet by the time they finish, this is a chore that could provide hours of entertainment.
Yes, you may end up needing to go to an actual car wash to get rid of the streaks left on your vehicle, not to mention deal will the inevitable water fight, but it’s a good activity for getting your kids to work together. Let them decide who does what, set them up with some buckets and a hose and then you can enjoy a cup of tea while dodging the splashes.
So having your kids in the kitchen may not do a lot for your stress levels, but it can help them learn how to cook and get them to work together. Set them the task of preparing one family meal a week – with supervision, of course – to help teach them about food preparation and kitchen safety.
They could even take in turns to make the main course and the dessert, or you can cheat and save baking for another activity during their holidays. Get them to do everything they safely can do, including preparation, serving and cleaning up. Not only will this help get them interested in cooking, it could show them what goes into every meal you make.
Even the most green-fingered individual will appreciate some help in the garden, so why not turn your kids into little gardeners? Whether it’s helping dig holes for plants or creating their own area of the garden, getting them involved will help them learn about nature and get them excited about watching the garden grow.
You could even combine cooking and gardening by planting some vegetables that they can then use in a family meal. This could be a great way to encourage fussy eaters to try something different or convince them that they actually like something they’ve previously said they haven’t. At the very least, it will get them out of the house and mean they enjoy the sunshine.