After a busy term at school, your child/children need the holidays to recharge their batteries before the next term starts, so let's make this school holiday one to remember. 

Idea: Make a School Holiday Ideas Jar.

The School Holiday Ideas Jar was first introduced to my daughter last year. I needed to find a way of keeping her occupied during the school holidays, otherwise we would both all go mad! So I came up with the School Holiday Ideas Jar. (You can see my original post here)
Here is a list of possible activities/ideas that your child can do independently, with friends, or as a family. Most of the activities mentioned use items found in or around your home, cost a little bit of money or are FREE. Keep it simple, affordable and fun!

Activities include: 
  • Mini Makeover
  • Board Games
  • Make play dough
  • Super Science
  • Donate to charity
  • Visit the SPCA
  • Manicure & Pedicure
  • Māori Stick games
  • Go to the Beach
  • Visit the Park
  • Movies
  • Visit the Library
  • Read a book
  • Have ice-cream
  • Baking
  • Go to Town Basin
  • Play with Orbeez
  • Invite a friend over
  • Make play dough
  • Make a vege garden
  • Have a picnic
  • Rainbow Loom
  • Make a hut (inside/outside)
  • Indoor hopscotch
  • Water-gun fight
  • Pet rocks (paint rocks) 
  • Arts & Craft Day
  • Cool Clipboard
  • Climb a mountain
  • Help around the house
  • Get messy (water play, gloop, slime, paint) 
  • Pyjama Day
  • Go for a bike ride
  • DVD & Popcorn
  • Nature walk
  • Visit a museum
  • + many, many more 
Now it's your turn: Grab a pen and paper, and write down some activities/ideas and pop them in a jar. Each day (or the night before) get your child to pull out one activity for them to complete on the day.

You might hear the odd "I'm Bored!" and that's okay. You can either tell them to a) pick another activity from the School Holiday Ideas Jar or b) refer them to the BORED chart - as shown below. Children will quite often find something to do. Remember - it's their choice to be bored, not yours.
*Have You?
Been creative? played Outside? Read a book? Exercised for 10minutes? Done something helpful?

Enjoy the holidays, and have fun spending time with your family and friends. 
*Updated April 2015


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