Ask Google to direct you to a range of brilliant school holidays programmes on offer virtually: MOTAT’s school holiday experience That's So Random, Scratchpad Coding for Kids (includes coding, robotics, electronics, 3D design and printing), Yoobee (offers 2D Animation, E-sports, Ethical Hacking, Game Design), Bricks4Kids (a LEGO STEAM holiday programme with free Saturday classes) and Little Scientists School Holidays Party.
Go home, stay home camping
Camp in your backyard with fairy lights, smores and card games
Throw a breakfast pancake party
For the brave, try an outdoor pancake cook-out after your camp-out.
Set siblings up with a Nerf war (indoors or outdoors), just lay out the guidelines first!
Kids can have a go at making their own dough from scratch and decorating their own pizzas with various toppings. (Bonus – dinner is now sorted!)
Kids love making cupcakes and decorating cookies, and the baking process is great real-life learning too. Level up – try an extra challenging recipe you don’t usually have time for. We’ve never made a gingerbread house, so are going to give it a go these holidays.
Gardening is such soul food. Whether its planting vegetable seedlings or tidying up your current garden, get the kids involved and chat about what you are doing so they learn how to care for the earth.
Press pause for some mindfulness
Practise mindfulness or yoga together. You can use an app or YouTube clip, or sit down together with some mindfulness colouring in.
Listen to stories
Storytime From Space is a unique experience: NASA astronauts read stories to kids while floating around in space! We also love the Kiwi podcast Story Space, as well as StoryPirates. A great way to entertain them without watching a screen.
Make Christmas cards
As I said, it's never too early to get organised for Christmas! Simple watercolour paints on white card can result in some charming effects.
Build a fort
You're never too old for the classic blanket hut! Build a fort in the lounge and have a movie night inside it.
Sure, why not! [The Smithsonian Science Education Centre](https://ssec.si.edu/_ and Mystery Science lets kids discover loads of science-based topics, and offers free online games which are loads of fun.
My kids are really keen to sew stuff, and although were starting basic, they love creating things as simple as little pillowcases or handbags to carry around the house.
Challenge your kids to a masterful Lego project and give them an hour to submit their entries (prizes optional – it's a brave parent who choses one child's creation over another!) Recently I've challenged my kids to build their dream island out of Lego and they're currently working on a Lego candyland brief as I type.