School holiday fun

If you have young ones this summer holiday, my hope for you is to enjoy your children whilst maintaining some balance.

I’ve started gathering together ideas for the school holidays.  Things to do together, independent activities and things to do when it’s raining.  I will be adding to it regularly. Click here to follow the link: Pinterest school holiday ideas

Last weekend we sat down and made a note of all our summer holiday ideas for this year. We’ve probably got loads more but after approximately six minutes our children were literally upside down on the sofa, as their attention had waned and it was time to move on!

summer holliday mind map

We’ve decided to trial spending mornings together (so children and adult(s) doing activities together) and then afternoons spent independently with children doing independent or ‘child only’ activities, giving me (and my husband if he’s home) time to do other things. This is if we are not going out for the day or having friends over, on those days we’ll just go with the flow.  This morning/afternoon idea is only really possible if you have slightly older children obviously.  When mine were younger it was all consuming and tiring, but looking back it was so worth it. They are amazing, with such fabulous imaginations just waiting to be sparked!

If you decide to do a mind map of ideas like we did, think back to your most favourite childhood summer holiday activities for inspiration for the together time.

To help our children to become a bit more independent with their free time and to develop their problem solving skills (“I’m bored, what can I do?”) we decided to make a long list of ideas for this independent time, they found this really easy and got quite excited about it, we’ve put it on the wall and they’ve referred back to it twice today already, here’s the list:

list of independent children's activities

In our together time this morning we chose to do:

Acrylic painting of pebbles (yet to be finished)

painted pebbles by children

N.B If you do choose to do this, bear in mind the following:

  • acrylic paint is oil based and hard to wash off, outside is ideal
  • use disposable containers for the paint pots or a paper plate to mix it on, as I said it won’t wash off well
  • this activity is a two step process, you’ll need to paint the base colour one day and then add other colours another day to allow for the paint to dry or it will smudge (mine were frustrated when the colours smudged) so let them know they won’t have their finished product straight away

Den Building 

children's den in the garden

We’ve gathered old blankets and have a dedicated stash of old pegs all kept in a big box in the garage for times when den building calls! (Pip’s got an little old book shelf in his for his ‘shoe rack’ he keeps asking for my shoes every time I go in). We’ve just had our mid afternoon snack in their together, they loved it.

Nurture your children but don’t forget yourself or you’ll end up like I did by the end of last summer holidays – at the end of my tether, shattered and feeling more than a little demotivated due to the lack of personal creative outlet/satisfaction!  Let’s see how this one goes…

 

For places to visit and things to do in Harrogate see my fellow bloggers excellent site: Harrogate Mama she’s researched loads and it’s really informative.

 

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