Rock painting, bingo, road trips and so much more! We loved the activity ideas entrants in our school holiday giveaway told us about so much that we decided to share them in a blog!
One theme that came through loud and clear was that, for many families, the school holidays are a time to spend together. So, take a look at some of these great ideas and see if there are any that you, your children and other loved ones would like to add to your list.
1. Get crafty: Mister Maker days and more
2. Make a slimy, muddy mess
Messy play also featured. If you have a garden with space, make the most of any mud after it rains. Dedicate a spot to mud-mixing and play. Or set aside some slime-time. There are plenty of DIY recipes on the internet (including a few with natural, edible ingredients). Brief your kids on rules and how you’d like them to clean up before you get started!
3. Cook up a storm
Baking is another way your kids could get their fill of messy play – and produce something delicious. Cupcake decorating was a firm favourite with our giveaway entrants and lots of people said their kids enjoy delivering the baked goods they make to loved ones or taking them on picnics to share. One more great idea was to have a night when the kids help plan and prepare a two-course family meal.
4. Build an indoor hut
Huts, huts and more huts! Lots of families mentioned indoor hut building. One family said they held hibernation days, staying home in their PJs to play inside and making huts from sheets, cushions and chairs. Another said they combined craft with hut building – making decorations for their huts.
5. Hold a family movie or games night
Popcorn anyone? Fun family movie nights were high on many people’s school holiday activity lists. And how about a spot of bingo? We loved hearing from the family who said they organise bingo games with fun prizes for their kids to win.
6. Have fun helping out
Getting kids involved in jobs that need doing around the house is a great way to teach responsibility and it sounds like lots of families are having fun doing it. We heard from a family whose kids love sorting through their toy box to declutter and from another whose children help harvest winter veggies and stack firewood.
7. Get out and about…indoors!
Favourite rainy-day activities to get kids out of the house included going to the movies, indoor rock climbing and op-shopping. You could also check out public museums or galleries in your area!
8. Find an outdoor adventure
Great outdoor suggestions included: puddle jumping on rainy days, pinecone hunting, bush walking, finding new parks and bike riding. Fishing and surfcasting also got a special mention!
9. Take a road trip
Road-tripping to see grandparents and to explore new places was another activity a lot of families said they’ll be doing this school holiday.
10. Paint a rock and hide it