Winter is in full swing and while your kids may be celebrating the start of school holidays, your au pair may be wondering how to keep busy bodies entertained in the cold and windy weather. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top ten activities your au pair can do with your kids to keep boredom at bay this winter.
While this one might seem obvious, we mean it quite literally. With hundreds of ideas on websites such as Pinterest, there’s no excuse not to get artsy this winter. Don’t limit yours au pair to paint and paper. Why not experiment with clay, mosaic, putty or even cement moulds to create projects that can be adapted for a variety of age groups. Make sure to stock up on a variety of craft supplies and let little hands help to choose projects that suit their personal interests. While younger children might need a bit of guidance, older kids can be given a bit more freedom to create something that allows them to think outside the box and explore their creative side.
More time at home plus cooler weather means more time spent in the kitchen sneaking snacks. Getting the kids involved not only means a set of helping hands, it can be a great way to teach them the value of healthy snacks and creating meals and treats from scratch. Again, make sure your au pair chooses recipes and tasks that are age appropriate and keep instructions simple to prevent little ones from getting frustrated and bored.
Cold weather doesn’t have to mean lying slouched in front of the TV all day. Get the kids involved in physical activities that will burn energy and fight boredom. Activities such as aerobics, dancing or even some relaxing yoga are great ways to keep busy bodies from bouncing off the walls.
Music is a universal language and can be a great way for your au pair to share the music they grew up with and teach your children the nursery rhymes and songs they sang at the same age as your children. If your au pair plays a musical instrument, why not encourage them to teach your children a few basic songs they can play together to fight off the winter blues.
While dancing around the lounge and singing in the mirror are great ways to keep active and upbeat indoors, there is no substitute for getting out the house once in a while. Look for indoor playgrounds in your area and see if there are any special activities being run during the holidays for kids in your area. This will be a great way for your children to keep in touch with their friends and still interact with other children their age while school is out.
Winter sports are a great way to keep kids entertained and healthy. Find out what local clubs are in your area and encourage your au pair to take the kids to practices every week. This is a great way for your kids to make friends, stay healthy and learn about being in a team.
School holidays may be here but that doesn’t mean your kids shouldn’t be reading. Encouraging a love of books is one of the best things you could do for your children as it not only will help them to do well at school, it also encourages language skills, imagination and a love of learning which will stay with them for a lifetime. Encourage your au pair to read to your children and to take them to your local library regularly to allow them to choose books that appeal to their individual interests.
One of the best advantages of hosting an au pair is exposing your children to a different culture and allowing them to learn about the world in which we live. This winter, allow your au pair to share cultural experiences with your children and play games with them that they would have played back home while it’s cold outside. Discuss differences in climate and traditions and explore different food and activities.
Another important aspect of culture is community so why not encourage your au pair to help your children take part in community outreach this winter. Whether it’s helping out at the local animal shelter or knitting blankets for those less fortunate, encourage activities that emphasise the value of community and helping those around us, especially those who will be suffering the effects of the colder weather.
One of the best parts of school holidays is spending time with your friends so encourage your au pair to arrange play dates with your children’s friends. Whether it’s at the park or even at home, this is a great way to keep the kids active and entertained.
For more great ideas for activities for your au pair to do with your children or to start the process of finding the perfect au pair for your family, contact Smart Au Pairs – your local Australian au pair agency.