Cost-Free Activities For the Holidays

The school holidays are in full swing here in New Zealand and like everything else, it's easy to spend more money than usual by being out and about with your kids more. Money is tight for many families in 2023 so this is your KIND REMINDER that you don't need to spend money for your kids to have fun and to learn new skills. 

No-expense activities are highly beneficial for kids for several reasons, particularly those involving connection, movement, nature and creativity. Here are some reasons why cost-free activities are great for kids.

Cost-free activities can stimulate creativity. They often involve using one's imagination, which stimulates creativity in children. When kids engage in activities like drawing, crafting, or imaginative play, they have the freedom to explore their creativity without any constraints. This promotes cognitive development and helps them think outside the box.

Cost-free activities encourage resourcefulness. They often require children to make the most of what they have at hand. This encourages resourcefulness and problem-solving skills. For instance, building forts using blankets and furniture or creating art with recycled materials helps children develop their ability to find innovative solutions.

Cost-free activities promote social interaction. Many cost-free activities, such as playing outdoor games, organizing scavenger hunts, or having picnics in the park, can be done with friends or siblings. Engaging in these activities promotes social interaction, cooperation, and teamwork, which are essential skills for children to develop healthy relationships and communication skills.

Cost-free activities enhance physical activity. They often involve physical movement, which is essential for a child's overall development. Whether it's playing tag, riding bikes, or simply running around in the backyard, these activities promote gross motor skills, coordination, and physical fitness.

Cost-free activities foster emotional well-being. Engaging in activities that trigger happy brain chemicals, such as dopamine and endorphins, can greatly contribute to a child's emotional wellbeing. When children are actively involved in enjoyable activities, they experience a sense of accomplishment, joy, and satisfaction. This can boost their self-esteem, reduce stress, and improve their overall mood.

Cost-free activities build independence and self-reliance. They often require children to take the lead and make decisions for themselves. This helps foster independence and self-reliance as they learn to explore and entertain themselves without relying solely on external sources of entertainment. This sense of autonomy is crucial for their personal growth and development.

If you love the sound of these benefits, then please download my complimentary HOLIDAY BINGO filled with 16 cost-free things your kids will enjoy doing these holidays.

Victoria Jenkins is an author, presenter, primary school educator, mother and the brains behind Brain Essentials. She creates resources, events and education for busy parents.