School holiday blues? Here’s how to keep the kids entertained

Monopoly never goes out of style.
Monopoly never goes out of style.

A leading child care provider has released its list of the best ways to keep the kids entertained these school holidays.

And, according to Camp Australia spokeswoman Rosa Piteri, it’s tried and true favourites that get the best results with children aged five to 12

“Every school holidays parents ask Camp Australia for advice about how to keep their kids entertained over the break, so this year we asked our educators to build a list of what really works,” Ms Piteri said.

“We asked our educators across Australia to put together their most popular games and activities for one child, for two children, for three children – right through to games for 12 children.

“These are the games that children love to play in before and after school care, so they have been road-tested and we know they work.”

With concerns over the amount of screen time our children have, these sport-based games and brain teasers are perfect for keeping kids occupied during holidays.

Sport-based games for one to 12 children: 

1. Skipping, shooting hoops, hula hoops, totem tennis, juggling

2. Two Square, tennis, kick to kick, gooseball, table tennis, pool, air hockey

3. Skipping, keepings off, piggy in the middle, around the world, tag, hide and seek

4. Four square, downball, 2 on 2

5. Octopus, fruit salad, giant’s treasure, what’s the time Mr Wolf, ninja tiggy

6. 3 on 3, 6 square, three-legged race, egg and spoon

Shooting hoops, alone or with a friend, is always good exercise.

7. Tunnelball, Forty40, French cricket

8. 4 on 4, 8 Square, Frisbee Golf, Dodgeball, Soccer, Capture the Flag, Cat and Mouse

9. Duck duck goose, scream run, catch the dragon’s tail, stuck in the mud, blob, gaga ball

10. Basketball, 5 on 5, T-Ball, netball, kick ball, hockey

11. Mini Olympics, sack race, sleeping lions

12. 6 on 6, ultimate four square, ultimate frisbee, cone ball

Brain games:

1. Crosswords, Rubik’s Cube, Solitaire, Word Search, Sudoku, Lego

2. Chess, Checkers, Connect 4, Guess Who, Battleship, Card Games, Naughts and Crosses

3.  Hang Man, Go Fish, Uno, Old Maid, I doubt it

4. Monopoly, Scrabble, 500, Trouble, Mousetrap, Sorry

5. Simon Says, I Spy, Jenga, Pick up sticks, Barrel of monkeys, Who am I?

6 Pictionary, Snap, Wink Detective

This will keep them occupied, but may lead to increased frustration.

7. Snakes and ladders, Dominoes, Bingo, Cluedo

8. Telephone, Card Games

9. Marbles, Inventors, Team Pictionary

10. Operation, Amazing Race

11. Minute to Win It, What’s Changes

12. Team Lego