School holidays gives us children a much-needed break after working so hard at school. But some parents find the idea of it quite stressful! Keeping us entertained with a limited budget or during bad weather can be a nightmare. The last thing we all want is tantrums and tears as a result of us being bored. But with some good ideas and planning, we can all have a fun and stress-free break. With our Easter school holidays starting tomorrow, here are some great ideas to help with planning the best school holiday fun:
1.Build a fort.
You may find that the weather is not always on your side and prevents you from going out and about with your children. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have plenty of fun at home together. One of the simplest and most enjoyable ways of doing this is by building a fort in your living room. You can use your mattresses, sofa cushions or use a clothes dryer and sheets to create the structure. Fill it with plenty of cushions and fairy lights to create a fort you can all play in. You could play board games inside, watch movies on a laptop or read stories. My big brother makes a fort or den for me in our bedroom and it is so much fun. Even on the days when it’s raining outside, our imagination still comes to life.
2. Head to your local library.
While your children are off school, you understandably want to encourage them to keep on learning. Your local library may not be the most obvious place to visit with your children, but it’s probably got more to offer than you realise. Libraries often have arts and crafts afternoons, children story times and educational computer games. You and your children can spend a few hours enjoy these activities and events for little to no money. Plus you can take some new books home and encourage your children to improve their reading skills. So even though they are learning, the library can help you make it more enjoyable.
3. Have a day out
Days out are what the school holidays are all about. You could spend the day at a farm and learn about the animals and how certain foods are made. Or you could go to a theme park and enjoy rides and roller coasters. Why not visit a castle and go on a history trail? If have a limited budget and feel stuck for day out ideas, why not head to the seaside or to a local nature reserve for a picnic. Or you could visit a free museum and look at dinosaur or art exhibitions. We spend lots of time at our local beaches and walking through woodlands. Feeding the birds at our local mill pond is also something I love doing.
Now you have some ideas; it shouldn’t be difficult to start planning the best school holiday fun for you and your children. Why not create a school holiday planner and ask your children to help you decide how you spend your days. No matter what activities you decide upon, just make sure fun is top of the list!
What are you planning for your school holiday fun?