Even though children get two weeks break off school, it is still important to keep their minds active and not melt from watching too many cartoons. Here are a list of fun yet educational games you can play with the kids during their break.
1: Maths Race Get the kids to go to the starting line (or on top of your stair case if you have one) call out random math equations, the first child to raise their hands gets to answer. If they get it right, they move one step. If they get it wrong then they stay where they are. The first child to make it to you is the winner, then give them a shot at asking the questions. You don't just have to ask "What's 18 minus 4?" you can ask questions like "If I have $4 and I add two twenty cent pieces and a five cent piece, how much money do I have now?".
2: Crosswords and word searches
Buy a cheap crossword book from the shop and let the kids wind down in the afternoons but sitting quietly and working through the puzzle books, even just for half an hour.
3: Spelling bee Hold a spelling bee in your lounge room. Assign a word to each child and get them to spell it out. Allow each child 3 mistakes, the person who has the least amount of mistakes at the end is the winner.
4:Jigsaw puzzles Get out a jigsaw puzzle and work as a team to complete it. If you buy a really pig jigsaw puzzle, leave it on a table and spend about 15 minutes a day with the kids putting the pieces together.
5: Look up online some educational games for kids to play on the computer. It could be a math game, spelling, grammar or whatever you think they need to polish up on.
6: Put on some educational DVDs. Even if its a cartoon that actually teaches children something it's worth it.
7: Around the world Throughout the holidays allocate about half an hour to play this game. Get the kids to sit down with you, and get them to choose a country each day. Each day, give them information about the country so they learn about the world. Just a few interesting facts like about its population, what the most popular job is, what the houses are like, those kind of things. It's important for children to learn about the world as they grow up.
8: Speaking in front of a group Get the kids out of their shyness and have a talking session every few days. Get the kids to choose something they're interested in, like a favourite toy, an animal, a show or a class at school. Everyone must prepare a talk and present it to the family about their chosen subject. The talk can go for as little as two minutes, this will help make the children more confident and gain better listening skills.
9: Borrow books out from the library with the kids and read them together. Get a child each night to read aloud one of the books to the rest of the family.
A quick game you can play while you're waiting for dinner to cook, get the kids to sit down or stand up, starting from 1, count up to 100 and everytime you hit an even number or odd number the person must say buzz. You can also count by two's, three's or anything you want.