Tuesday, 11 December 2012

December madness: Part 1

The December holidays are finally upon us and after such a hectic year, a break is definitely in order. If you have children, it can be a nightmare to try and keep the little rascals constructively occupied during the next four to five weeks. Don’t know how? Supernova magazine and BK Publishing are here to help!

31 activities for 31 days

1. Go to the zoo
Not only will your children be able to run around like mad things without getting into trouble, everyone in the family will get to see some exotic animals while being outdoors and spending quality time together. Visit http://www.nzg.ac.za/ to find your nearest zoo.

2. Have a picnic
A good way to spend time together as a family these holidays and for the kids to get rid of excess energy is to have a picnic. Pack some healthy treats and a blanket, and head for the great outdoors! Remember to also pack in the Frisbee or a ball to play with after lunch.

3. Go for a hike
When you are going hiking, fill your backpack with the following essentials:
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • A hat
  • Energy bars
  • Your camera
  • A compass

Wear comfortable shoes. 
All good hikers know never to go hiking alone so make sure everyone stays together in a group.

4. Build a fort
Let your kids take over the living room and build a fort. Some of our best childhood memories here at BK Publishing involve us building forts out of blankets and pillows.

5. Bake something delicious
Keep an eye out for the next issue of Supernova magazine for two extremely delectable recipes for microwave cake and hot chocolate. The recipes are fun, easy and quick to make.

6. Play some putt-putt
Try your hand at mini golf this December by taking the family out. The games don’t last as long as a proper golf game does, but it lasts long enough to keep the entire family entertained for a few hours.

7. Ice skating
Ice skating makes for hours of fun! Take something warm to wear with or just drop the kids off while you go do shopping.

8. Go look at the Christmas lights in Lawley street, Waterkloof, Pretoria.
During the festive time, Lawley street is wonderful to go to at night. The residents decorate their houses with fairy lights and many people go at night time to look at the beautiful little lights.

9. Go to the museum
Look what museums are in your area and pay them a visit. Museums often have great interactive displays that will engage your child’s mind.

10. Go camping
Spend time in the great outdoors by planning a camping trip. Get the marshmallows and ghost stories ready! Plus, it’s also a great way to get the children away from the television.

11. Volunteer at a charity
Charities always need support and volunteers. Find out which charities are in your area and offer your support. It may also just teach the kids to appreciate what they have.

12. Puzzles
Whether it’s a crossword or a jigsaw, puzzles are a great way to keep the brain juices flowing.

13. Go bowling
Improve hand-eye coordination with this activity. Think of it as an investment for all the future driving lessons…

14. Play board games
Monopoly, Cluedo, 30 Seconds and Scrabble are awesome games to get everyone amped up!

15. Recycle
Keep the planet clean by recycling and making it a habit for 2013.

Look out for December madness: Part 2 tomorrow!

By Carina Vermooten

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