January can be a tough month for a lot of people. After what seems like the most expensive month of the year, many parents are left wondering how to keep the kids busy on a budget when January rolls around. However, fear not – we’ve got your January covered here at Barncliffe Day Nursery. There are still lots of great things that you and the family can get up to that cost little or nothing at all!
Plan a trip to a museum
Trips to museums can be a great way to get the whole family out of the house for a day and get everyone involved in learning. Many museums even host family-friendly events, which is perfect for getting the little ones involved in something fun while they’re still learning! Many museums are often cheap or even free, meaning that you won’t have to spend a fortune for a day of fun.
Create a time capsule
A time capsule can be a great way to turn a dull Sunday afternoon into an exciting one. All you’ll need for this is a container, plastic bag, and some sellotape or duct tape. Ask your little ones to round up a few items that would remind them of right now, and then you’ll want to set them aside somewhere safe and open them in around 12 months’ time.
After spending all that time indoors and relaxing over the Christmas break, it’s time to dust off those winter coats and wellingtons and get back out into the world. A great way to spend some time as a family is to take a walk around your local park through the countryside and spend some time outdoors.
Play some games
January can often be a cold, wet and miserable month, where going outside is the last thing you want to do. Why not play some games around the house to keep the whole family entertained? Board games are always a family favourite and can bring everyone together. Or, if board games aren’t really your family’s idea of a good time, you can always play some classic games such as hide and seek or a treasure hunt.
Take a bike ride
Many of your little ones may have received a bike for their Christmas present and January is the perfect time to get them out there on it. There will be some places in your local area, like your local park or even your own street if it’s quiet enough, that would be perfect for getting your child used to riding with their stabilisers on.
Go for a swim
A few hours at the swimming pool can be a great way to get your children out of the house and start to get them a little bit more active after the Christmas break. Some swimming pools even offer a couple of hours on weekends for floats and lilos, making exercise seem that little bit more fun. Swimming with your little ones can often be cheap, as many swimming pools will offer a reduced price for children and some even offer free swimming to children under 5!
Go geocache hunting
Geocache hunting is a great way to get your children out of the house and get their minds working on what is essentially the world’s largest treasure hunt! A geocache is a container that has been hidden somewhere and marked onto a GPS by using the Geocache app. The aim is to find this container and then add it to the list of containers that you’ve found. It’s simple at its core, but can be a great way to get your little ones out and exploring, and even getting their minds working when you reach the location and have to search for the Geocache itself. It’s simple and easy to start as all you need is a smartphone to download the Geocache app, and an email to create the account with. Then you’re ready to adventure!
Use our activity ideas to get over the Christmas blues this January
These are just a few activity ideas that you can get your little ones involved with this January. Spend some quality family time together and make the most of it.
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