I’m bored, I’m hungry, whats for dinner? Is anyone coming to visit today? Theres nothing to do, can I play on the iPad? I want to watch a film, blah blah blah and so it continues! Does this sound familiar? This is the typical way our school holidays start. There are ways to make great memories on the school holidays, without spending a lot of money. I recently read this quote on social media, and it really struck a chord with me “Children never remember their best day of TV”. With a little creativity we can have good family time that will be worth remembering. These are a few of our favourite ideas.
- Get Creative! One of the favourite things our children like to do is get the big craft box out and some random pieces of cardboard or plastic that they can ‘design’ into something awesome. This might be making binoculars from the kitchen roll tubes, or spaceships from old boxes, or rainbows made from tissue paper. A small amount of paint, stickers, old magazines or newspapers can be very valuable when combined with a childs’ unleashed imagination! A great idea is to keep old birthday/christmas cards and let the children cut out the pictures on the front, these can form the basis of new homemade greetings cards. Sure who doesn’t like getting a homemade card? 🙂
2. Ditch the digital games and pull out the good old-fashioned board games. Even the youngest of children can enjoy games like snap or snakes and ladders. Or play more advanced games but play in teams, so the younger children can still be involved. This is not only a great way to make memories but is a very educational activity. There are many different types of games to chose from and everyones preferences are different, but these are our favourites at the minute.
3. Find free activities in your area, such as farms, museums, forest walks etc. Make it a really low-cost trip by packing a picnic and bringing your own flask of coffee. Bringing your own food is a very frugal thing to do, but it can also be very exciting for children. By packing a few treats that they don’t normally have for lunch you can really make an impression. Even things like making their sandwiches into cool shapes using cookie cutters or including a homemade fairy cake can jazz up a lunch box quite considerably.
4. Encourage the children to use their ‘screen time’ for something constructive. For example, our girls use kindles or old iphones/pods to play games on or watch netflix. This is a controlled part of their day where we allow them to use a screen for a set amount of time. But since nearly all the devices your child uses for ‘screen time’ have a camera in them, why not use this as fun (and educational) photo scavenger hunt. Print out a list of things you want the children to take photos of. This could be just within your home, or in the garden or even take them out for a walk. Write the list of items accordingly and adjust the difficulty depending on the age of the children. For exmaple, this is the list I gave our girls (6yrs and 3yrs), it was for the back garden and kept them amused for a good while!
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