The March holidays is coming soon; school’s out and the children come out to play. Instead of just sending your children for enrichment courses, I would recommend that you take this break to spend quality time with them through fun activities that they will enjoy too.
People may think you have to bring your kids to special places that have high ticket prices to count as spending time. Unlike adults, kids are quite easy to please actually. If it’s something fresh and new they haven’t done before, it will keep them entertained for a long while. And of course, being able to spend time with their daddy and mummy will be the greatest of all.
So here are 5 things you can do with your kids that will not cost you more than $40.
*$40 for a family of 4.
1) Groom Your own Masterchef Junior
When I was growing up, I was always intrigued by my mom when she is cooking the food and I’ll always want to help around; that’s how I started eating veggies because I helped to prepare it.
It’s the same thing with my younger nieces and nephews now; they love to help in the kitchen and they polish everything on their plates because they helped to prepare the food. Cooking is a fun activity for kids as long as you supervise them for their safety. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and achievement when they prepare something that the family enjoys too. So why not teach your little one some cooking skills?
Here are 21 easy recipes you can try with your kids this holiday. And of course the ingredients will definitely not cost you more than $40!
2) Organise a family picnic
When was the last time you had a picnic with your family? If you don’t remember, or you have never, you are missing out on a wonderful experience that helps bond the family together. Get your kids involved in the planning right from the start like choosing the date and place. This will make them excited and look forward to it.
And maybe you can combine this activity with the one above; getting your kids to prepare the picnic food too. Learn the secret to planning a perfect picnic HERE
Don’t forget to check out The Best 10 spots in Singapore to Have a Picnic as suggested by TheAsiaParent.com
3) Head to the great outdoors
Contrary to the belief that Singapore is an “urban jungle”, there are many nature-base sites in Singapore you can explore with your kids. Studies have shown that it is good to keep your children in touch with and engage with nature. They learn to appreciate and care for nature, and “produce rapid improvements in mental well-being and self-esteem.”- The Guardian (click to read the full report)
Nature Deficit Disorder is a real phenomenon that is happening to children of this era because they don’t get to play outside enough. This leads to other behavioural and child-development problems (source: read why NDD is a serious matter). So let your child play outside often!
p/s: most of these places don’t even require an admission fee!
4) Visit the Farms
Linking to the point above, farms are a good place for children to learn about nature; domesticated animals, vegetables, flowers etc. There are several farms in Singapore, especially in the Kranji and Choa Chu Kang area. The top favourite amongst Singapore parents are Hays Diaries, The Animal, Bollywood Veggies Pte Ltd.
Refer to this list by kiasuparents.com of all the farms to bring your family to.
p/s: With the exception of Bollywood Veggies, most farms have free admission. For Hay Diaries, you can book an educational tour for $3/pax and it comes with a free bottle of fresh goat milk.
5) Treasure Hunt
Before you go all “Where got time and place to plan!?”– Calm down. Remember I mentioned that children are actually quite easy to please. So you don’t have to plan a large scale treasure hunt for them to enjoy; in fact if it’s too big, they will lost interest after a while and your effort will go down to waste.
Just make use of the spaces in your house and hide trinkets for them to find. You can make it a mini competition between the siblings to see who finds the most “treasure”. If you only have a single child, you can places clues around the house that leads to the ultimate treasure. Activities like these help to develop your child’s cognitive thinking and a healthy competitive attitude; which are important in their growing up years.
On personal note, I know several parents are focused on their career to give the best to their kids. But I think what’s important for children is not how much pocket money they get, what latest gadget they own. But the experiences they gain and memories made with their family while they are growing up. So no matter how busy you get, never forget to give some time to your children.
Children don’t care if you’re rich or poor, because all they know now is pure love. Don’t you agree? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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