My grandson Isaiah will be on a break from school starting at the end of this week and grandma – or Mana as my grandsons call me – will be playing the role of babysitter for the next couple of weeks. That means I need to plan activities to keep two rambunctious boys busy and entertained over the holiday break.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had to entertain a toddler and a four-year old. When my kids were little, I didn’t think about planning activities for my kids when they took their holiday break. Besides, this was way before technology busted at the seams so there really wasn’t much to do.
I would just drop the kids off at my mom’s house with their snacks and toys in tow and went about my day.
She kept them busy by letting play outside – okay she might have went old school Latina mama and told them to play outside, hehe. But the kids loved every minute of it.
She would also make their favorite snacks and put down blankets on the floor for movie marathons. Now I know my mom could have used a little help in planning activities for my kids. Hindsight is 20/20, but I digress.
Now it’s my turn. I’m wearing the babysitter cape like my mom did the difference is I work from home so I have to be a little more creative. I’ve come up with several things I plan to do with my grandsons. If you’re looking for ideas to entertain your grandkids or your own little ones over the holiday break, here are some things you can do to keep them entertained.
Holiday Break Ideas
My kids still remember hanging out at my parent’s house watching movies and eating popcorn. I plan on doing this with my grandsons too. If you’re kids are into the latest movies, this can be a great treat for them – and for you too. Just to watch their little eyes dazzled by the movie or listening to them sing along to the songs. That’s a memory you don’t want to miss out on!
Arts and Crafts
My grandson Isaiah loves to draw and paint. And whatever Isaiah does his little brother Noah wants to do, too. I’m heading over to our crafts store to pick up some paint and a couple of those wooden cars so they can go to town. I would get a car and a plane but you know kids – they’ll end up wanting the same thing, lol.
If you really want to keep the kids entertained and get their learn on at the same time, you have to get them the Kidloland app. It has over 1,000 nursery rhymes, songs, stories, games and activities for kids up to five years old that’s not only entertaining because the kids can sing along to songs they already know like The Itsy Bitsy Spider but they’re also learning.
If your grandkids are like mine, they are always asking to borrow your phone to get on YouTube to watch videos or play games. But we’re risking they click on an inappropriate video or even worse they rack up charges when they’re clicking away on the pops that come appear when they’re playing games.
I was lucky enough to get a year’s subscription of Kidloland for my grandsons. Right away Noah was hooked on the app. I got a couple of pics of him on the app.
Here he is watching the Old MacDonald video.
And here he is watching The Itsy Bitsy Spider.
And with more than 300 mom bloggers also recommending the Kidloland app, you can’t go wrong, right? Oh and the best thing about it is it’s available on iOS (KidloLand) , Google Play Store (Nursery Rhymes For Kids) andAmazon Appstore (KidloLand).
Check out this video below that tells you more about the app and shares some of its features.
Disclosure: I received a trial of the Kidloland app subscription in exchange for my thoughts about their product. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.