The last day of Term 1 is fast approaching, but don’t fret: we’ve rounded up some fun and educational ways to keep children entertained during the holidays. This year, the March school holidays take place from 12 to 20 March.
March school holiday activities
Arts and crafts
To keep children amused indoors, why not get creative? DIY arts and crafts are excellent for the development of fine motor skills, confidence and imaginative learning. From homemade jewellery to paper plate creatures and origami, all you need are a few basic art supplies to while away an afternoon.
Getting children involved in family mealtime helps them to learn skills like measuring and timing, while creating happy memories in the kitchen and around food. Read simple recipes aloud together before starting – pizza toppings and baked treats are usually a hit.
Singapore is not short on museums and most are incredibly kid-friendly. Look for interactive exhibitions that will spark curiosity, such as Story of the Forest at the National Museum of Singapore, which immerses visitors in Southeast Asia’s lush rainforests.
Spending time reading with your child can be a wonderful bonding experience. It will also help them to make strides in their language development. If your child is not the most eager reader, allow them to choose stories that match their interests and encourage them to ask questions as the plot unfolds. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney and Gangsta Granny by David Walliams both feature plenty of humour to keep attention from straying.
If you are keen for your child to reduce screen time, good-old-fashioned board games will keep them entertained and improve their focus. Try introducing a new one like Sushi Go!, a fast-paced card game that all ages will love.
Holiday study camps
Study camps are fantastic fun for children and help to take the pressure off parents, too. Through hands-on activities and games, the British Council’s Holiday Study Camps enable children to learn about the world beyond English skills and develop the 21st century competencies needed for academic and future success.
Available for Early Years, Primary and Secondary students (aged five to 15), each camp offers a safe and supportive environment for children to learn English while making new friends. As well as building language, the dynamic classes have wide-ranging benefits for your child’s holistic development, including higher confidence and increased interest in the world around them.