While the kids are home from school, take-home worksheets and remote class assignments can keep them occupied for a time. For other times, there’s this list:
For Your Wannabe Artists
Let them create their own flower creations, as suggested by Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida. As a gateway to Walt Disney World, Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa knows a thing or two about kid-centric activities. The resort suggests D.I.Y. flowers with only found items around the house, including plastic water bottles, paint, excess paper, scissors and anything else along the lines of “one man’s trash, another man’s treasure” territory.
Inspired by the Clubhouse KidsClub at Royalton Riviera Cancun, help young learners create homemade maracas. The kids can learn about the local life and culture surrounding the resort in a fun way.
“To make these musical sensations, one needs two plastic eggs, dry rice, tape and four plastic spoons. First, fill the egg with the rice and tape the seam shut. Next, tape the two spoons to the egg with the handles facing down then tape the two handles together. Finally, put on the performance of a lifetime with your new instruments,” said the clubhouse director.
Future Movie Stars
Create your own summer blockbuster at home with the help of Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica. As the kids would enjoy at the resort’s Stars Kids Club, they can also direct, write, produce and star in their own films at home.
The resort suggests kids have the following ready for set:
- Props and costume
- A camera or smartphone for cinematography (some movie-editing apps could help)
- An audience, whether it’s family or stuffed animals
Next up, production:
- Select the story — kids can act out a favorite show, bedtime story or create their own
- Set the stage — use found items around the house like sheets (as backdrops) and/or curtains, lighting and more
- Supporting items — costumes and props are essential. Think Halloween costumes or anything around the house; let their creativity roam
- Dress rehearsal is optional, but can elevate the production value
For a little something extra, create tickets for the premier, roll out the “red” carpet (anything from a sheet or hallway rug will do) and take some pictures on the step and repeat (any wall in your home). Finally, project the creation on your smart TV or huddle around the phone for the blockbuster film!
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