The school holidays are here and for many families this means the usual schedules and routines might look a little different for a couple of weeks.
With work and appointments and other life commitments ticking along right through the school holidays it can be useful to have some engaging activities up your sleeve to keep children feeling engaged, fulfilled and having fun through their two week break.
We’re sharing our updated list of activities to guide you through the school holidays. You might like to use these activities or a selection of them to create your own ‘I’m Bored Jar’ for children to take a lucky dip of fun things to do when they’re feeling bored.
Remember to take advantage of school holiday offers and events. Local councils and community groups, plus museums, libraries and more, often have a bunch of fun events and great deals during the school holidays so research what’s on in your local area and try to plan a couple of special excursions.
And don’t forget about Easter coming up. Make sure that your child is involved in cleaning the house, decorating the eggs and baskets, setting up a table, shopping and cooking. Easter is a very special time for those who celebrate the resurrection of Christ, so get ready and enjoy the preparations.
1. Make something yummy to eat – fruit kebabs or homemade pizza?
2. Get dressed up and dance to music or role play your favourite book
3. Create a self-portrait
4. Create a portrait of someone else
5. Get artsy with a craft project using paper, glue, pencils, feathers, wool etc
6. Build a fort/cubby under a table
7. Do a room clean out and discover some forgotten toys
8. Have a picnic in the backyard or at a park or beach (even a pretend picnic)
9. Fly a kite (make your own!)
10. Do some gardening – get all the weeds out or even plant something like herbs
11. Go on a treasure or Easter Egg hunt! And try one of these.
12. Get out a ball and work on your throwing, catching or kicking
13. Head to the library (sign up is free and there are often community activities too)
14. Catch a train or bus somewhere
15. Plan a visit to the zoo (in some States this is free during school holidays)
16. Visit your local shopping centre – they might have some school holiday activities too
17. Plan a day at a museum
18. Take a nature walk
19. Find a nice space to do some reading (books from the library perhaps?)
20. Watch a movie
21. Tackle a jigsaw puzzle
22. Play a board game
23. Play cards (snap, go fish, memory or pairs)
24. Try meditation to unwind after a busy day – here are some tips.
Download the free printable version of these activities here.
Try to make the most of the school holidays together – even if it’s just planning one moment to share as a family each day.
Have fun and share your adventures with us HERE!