At a loss for what to do with the kids these coming school holidays? Here are some ideas from us
A HOME INSIDE Â Â Â Â Â Â Or Find and activity in your state http://www.schoolholidaydirectory.com.auÂ Â
1. Make an ant farm.
2. Bake cupcakes.
3. Make a cubby house under the table.
4. Invite friends over to play.
5. Make homemade pizza.
6. Dance to music.
7. Have a theme day. This may be butterflies, pirates, princesses, fairies, dinosaurs or a particular colour.
8. Make an inside obstacle course with cushions, pillows, boxes, chairs and blankets.
9. Ice biscuits.
10. Play dress ups and do a play.
11. Make a themed play space: in a large rectangle bucket or tray create your own play scene. For example: use a smaller container (like an empty margarine container) filled with water, and in the rectangle bucket place rocks, small twigs, bark or sticks from trees for an outdoor scene. I love this one fromPicklebums.
12. Go on a colour hunt in your house. Collect objects of a certain colour and take a picture of your finds to make a collage. Also an idea by Picklebums.
13. Buy a note book and get the child/ren to write a school holiday diary (or draw pictures every day for young children).
14. Reorganise the childrenâ€™s room (with their help).
15. Make fruit Kebabs.
16. Write a letter to someone.
AT HOME OUTSIDE
17. Hang a sheet from a tree to make an outside cubby house.
18. Fly (cut to length) crepe streamers in the wind.
19. Eat outside.
20. Do general gardening or plant a vegetable or herb garden.
21. Make an outside obstacle course. Click here for ideas.
22. Play Backyard games.
23. Blow bubbles. Frills in the Hills has a great recipe for homemade bubble mixture.
24. Do an outside treasure hunt.
25. Create an outdoor play garden. Create a small space of dirt and fill with pots, small rake, bucket, spoons, utensils and solid plastic toys like animal figurines. I like this one from The Imagination Tree.
26. Make a flower head wreath.
AT HOME ART AND CRAFTY
27. Make fairy wings.
28. Make a Zorro mask out of a strip of black material with two eye cut outs.
29. Create a family artwork on a large canvas.
30. Make recycled paper.
31. Collect flowers and press them inside book between baking paper.
32. Colour-in. You can print a variety of colouring in sheets online.
33. Face painting.
34. Make Photo Paper Dolls.
35. Make a robot out of cardboard boxes.
36. Make a treasure map out of brown paper.
37. Make a musical tree. See here for details.
38. Be crafty at home: knit, paper craft, play dough, cooking or painting.
39. Make up a travel drawing box.
40. Paint toe nails. (Boys like this too!)
41. Make boats out of milk bottle lids, a straw (for the mast), paper (for the sail) and blue-tack to stick the sail on to the boat.
42. Make a leaf collage picture.
43. Glue cut out pictures from a magazine or junk mail to a piece of paper.
44. Make a photo book: take photos of your favourite things and collate them into a book.
45. Make sock puppets by gluing wool on the top of an old sock and using a permanent marker to draw eyes, nose and a mouth.
46. Do a self-portrait. Stick a large piece of butchers to the wall (or lay on the floor) and trace around your body.
47. Make a long paper-clip chain.
Out and About
48. Visit a museum
49. Go Geocaching.
50. Go window shopping and have a special morning tea.
51. Go see a movie.
52. Eat a big ice-cream.
53. Visit a library.
54. Fly a kite.
55. Have a picnic outside.
56. Visit a park or playground.
57. Look out for butterflies and birds for a day.
58. Go fruit picking.
59. Plan a day trip:
drive up a mountain
visit the beach
60. Visit someone lonely.
61. Collect shells on the beach.
62. Go ten tin bowling.
63. Visit a planetarium.
64. Feed ducks at a pond.
65. Go fishing.
66. Look for organised school holiday opportunities at art schools, museums, shopping centres, national parks, libraries and councils.
67. Go swimming. (If Winter, look for a heated pool).
68. Visit and share something of your own childhood with your child/ren. This may be a home you lived in as a child, where you honeymooned or favourite place.
69. Look for free activities at a shopping centre.
70. Go for a walk.
71. Visit Dad or Mum at work.
72. Go Bike-riding
73. Catch a train.
74. Go Ice-skating or roller-skating.
75. Catch a bus.
76. Go on a bush walk or hike.
77. Go on a nature hunt.
78. Make a cubbyhouse from items from a second hand shop.
79. Catch a ferry.
80. Allow your kids to learn a new skill. Look for workshops in horse-riding, pottery, art, rock climbing and drama.
81. Have a quest. This may be photographing butterflies for a day, hunting for cool letterboxes, looking for street signs for the names of the people in your family or tasting 3 different types of cookies and cream ice-cream.
82. Look at the stars.
83. Walk on the beach at dusk
84. Go on a nature walk down your street with a torch.
85. Have a movie night. You can make your own popcorn cups by making a cone shape with a piece of paper and taping it together.
86. Toast marshmallows in the oven before threading them on to sticks (parent would do this).
87. Eat at a family restaurant.
When Itâ€™s Raining (also see At Home: Inside)
88. Go to an indoor play centre.
89. Play with umbrellas in the rain.
90. Collect rain in a bucket.
91. Play inside games like hide and seek or duck, duck goose.
92. Photograph the raindrops on the window and include them in a photo book.
93. Go for a drive in the car.
94. Visit a friendâ€™s house (or invite a friend over to play at your place).
95. Play board/card games like Monopoly, Dictionary, Pictionary, Snap, Taboo, Hungry Hippo, Scategories, The Old Maid.
96. Watch a DVD at home.
97. Stay in your PJs all day.
98. Make a â€œcityâ€ with cars, toys and boxes for buildings.
99. Lie on the grass and watch the clouds.
100. Have â€œrestâ€ time where everyone plays quiet games like reading or puzzles on their own bed.