School holidays are an exciting time of year for your kids, but they can also be an equally stressful few weeks for you. The reason being is that it doesn’t usually take your kids more than a few days to start complaining that they’re bored. Once they’ve watched every cartoon twice, played all of their video games and had all of their friends stay over, there isn’t much left for them to do, and you’ll be the first person to hear about it.

Your kids’ two to three weeks of freedom need not feel like a prison term for you, however, so the best solution would be to have a bunch of fun activities stashed up your sleeve in case of a boredom emergency. Here are some cool and unusual kids’ games and activities for you to try out when the next school holiday comes around.

Back garden camp out

One of the main gripes amongst the older generations is the amount of time kids spend indoors with their digital companions, especially during their holidays. An impromptu camp out in your back garden can easily solve this issue. So whenever your kids start to complain about boredom, (even with all of their gadgets and gizmos) just whip out the tents and marshmallows, put the smartphones away and set up camp outside.

Camping is a really good way in which to spend some quality time with your kids. So build your tents together, light a fire and roast some marshmallows, regardless of the time of day. And if you’re really brave and the weather permits, why not spend the night outside as well?

If you’re not a very outdoorsy family and don’t have tents (or a garden for that matter), don’t let that deter you. Just grab some blankets, brooms and couch cushions and use your imagination to create your own. Who doesn’t like building a fort?

Rainbow foam

This is a really fun activity for younger kids to get their hands into that basically entails filling a large tub with brightly coloured foam and letting the kids go wild.

All that you’ll need for this is some dishwashing liquid, water, liquid watercolours, a bowl and a mixer. In the bowl, add 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid and a 1/4 cup of water. Add the first of your liquid watercolours, then mix on the highest possible setting for 1 2 minutes. The foam should be able to hold its shape when moulded.

Once you have the correct consistency, scoop it out into your tub and repeat until you have the desired amount of foam and colours. Once you’re happy with your rainbow, let your kids have at it.

The not so bored games

If you’re pressed for time but still need something to amuse the kids, then go for a board game. There are many fun options available for any age at most toy stores, so take the kids along to pick what looks most amusing. Try a mixture of creative and logical games for maximum enjoyment.

It’s not too difficult keeping your kids entertained during the school holidays, so try out these different options and beat those boredom blues!