I am all for using fun after school activities for children as a way of breaking up routine. Please see three fun ideas for children below:
Build an obstacle course
This one is so much fun! I remember doing this when I was younger. My family had a very interesting choice of carpet in the house that was green with yellow lily pads. It was cool at the time of the ’70s and actually has made a retro comeback! Not my cup of tea. However, it was perfect for the home obstacle course! With or without the lily pad carpet this is still a fun activity to play after school.
Use household items like couch pillows or books to build the obstacle course, and have a fun story to go along with it — for example, the kids have to balance on one leg and not touch or fall into the hot “lava” (a.k.a. lily pad carpet).
Build a children’s hut inside
When everyone is worn out from the obstacle course, get creative with the children and build a hut out of blankets and pillows. Snuggle up and tell a scary story by flashlight or read a fairy tale together while drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows. For those of you who would prefer a laugh, please read our blog on children’s books for book inspiration http://centenarynannies.com.au/books-children-laugh/
Play board games
Keep the TV turned off and the gadgets aside and instead encourage the kids to play a board game together. You could choose between something fun and interactive and/or one that requires more focus like good-ole-fashioned Connect Four! There really are countless ideas for board games and after school activities for children, and they are so much fun!