Local councils and schools are very good at letting us know holiday dates well in advance so that parents can plan for childcare and activities. There are times, however, when schools close unexpectedly and at short notice for all sorts of reasons. It could be because of strike action, bad weather, the school being used as polling station or even due to things like the school heating system breaking down. This can be a real headache for parents, especially working parents.
Here are a few tips put together to help you. Grab a roll or two of masking tape and you can create play areas. Make roads and tracks for toy cars or make a Hopscotch path on the carpet for an indoor game. Or make concentric circles as a target area and see if you can throw beanbags into the circles to score points. The possibilities are endless. Blow up two balloons and make some bats from paper plates glued to sticks and play balloon volleyball. You could even set up a net using a clothes horse or two chairs with a skipping rope tied between them. Then have fun rubbing balloons on your jumpers or hair and see if you can get them to stick to the walls and ceiling! Half fill old plastic bottles or milk cartons with sand to make your own indoor skittles. You can spend some time decorating your skittles with glue and glitter or paints too if you like. Then set up an indoor bowling alley in the hall or lounge and see how many skittle each person can knock over.
This last game is everyone’s favourite. Blindfold one person from each team and then place potatoes all over the floor. When you say ‘Go’ the blindfolded people must crawl and search for potatoes with their hands. If they find one, they must place them about their person and then find more. When the time is up the one with most potatoes wins! The others guide the blindfolded pair to make sure they don’t collide or bump into anything!
These few handy tips should keep your little ones busy for hours!