Cheap and Cheerful School Holiday Fun!
Do you love or loathe school holidays? It can be a bit of both around here!
The secret is keeping the kids amused so they don’t start fighting! Here are some things my kids have had fun with over the years.
♥ Virtual painting
Don’t panic – this is no mess ‘painting’. Get a bucket of water and a large paint brush. Take kids outside. Let the kids go nuts and paint whatever they want! You can sit back with a book. Older kids can actually do painting for you (or other household jobs). However, you may have to fork out some cash for this one.
♥ Head to your local library
Gosh I love the library! As well as being able to borrow books, you can also borrow CDs, DVDs, games and toys. Some libraries will offer free or low cost activities in the holidays and some have great kids chill out areas where you can read, watch movies or play games on the computers.
♥ Let’s Cook
We do loads of cooking every school holidays. It’s educational, it’s learning a life-skill and you get yummy treats afterwards! You can do a theme day or play restaurants. Cook dad a special lunch and meet him at the park. Here are some easy recipes for the kids to try.
♥ Parcel for Grandma
Get the kids to write a letter for relatives. Add a drawing, artwork or craft, parcel it up and post it off. This is a little bit educational but sssshhhhhh! don’t let on!
♥ Photographer for a day
Give the kids the camera or phone for the day. Suggest a theme or just let them go crazy. Upload to Be Funky to edit and have more fun. Check out this creation by my daughter – it kept her and a friend amused all day!
♥ Get your craft on
The internet has a billion and one craft ideas to explore. Also check out 10 Cool Nature Crafts for Kids.
Go to the park, the beach or even the backyard, armed with a list of things to find – feathers, rocks, five different types of leaves. Make sure your scavenger hunt list age-appropriate. If you need help, check out these free printable lists.
♥ Go fly a kite
Such good fun for kids of all ages and it will get you all outside into the fresh air. If you are feeling really crafty, you could make your own kite first!
Go onto you-tube and learn some simple magic tricks. Dress up and put on a magic show for family, friends and neighbours. You can even charge admission and make snacks too. My kids spent a whole weekend doing this and had a ball!
And what about these ideas from Pinterest…. my kids are keen to give these a go!
Make a tree gargoyle! Go here for instructions.
Make mini bow and arrows! Go here for instructions.
I hope these ideas have given you some food for thought and keep the kids busy. Please link us up with or share any ideas you have too.
Enjoy your holidays!