The holidays are here and it’s time to get out the comfy shorts and relax.
Throw out those alarm clocks mammas, school’s out for summer.
No schedule to stick to. No taxiing the kids around. No fighting for a park at school drop off.
And for three whole days it’s awesome.
For three whole days you can lounge around, read a book, drink iced tea while the kids are running riot in the back yard. For three whole days, everyone’s happy.
Then you wake up to a sound that is one hundred times more annoying than the alarm clock you threw out the window.
Muuuummm, I’m boooorrrrred!
Why is it that kids find annoying each other the most entertaining thing to do?
Of all the things, you chose to continuously flick your sister in the ear for fun?!
It’s not long before everyone is going a little bit crazy and it’s time for Plan B.
What’s Plan B?
It’s not Looney Tunes (although as a Plan C, some days the telly can be a lifesaver).
Plan B is having a loose –very loose – plan for your day during the holidays. Activity ideas and suggestions. A few outings to balance at home time with getting out and about.
I’m not a fan of overscheduling kids. There’s a lot to be said for long, lazy summer days. And boredom is good for a child. You absolutely do not have to entertain your child every waking moment!
But having a loose outline for the day and a plan for when things go troppo keeps everyone sane, especially when the kids start aggravating each other to pass the time.
And having some activity ideas in the back of your head for when the kids are just stuck and need some inspiration is a good idea as well. Boredom is healthy, but we all need a little inspiration or a change of scenery sometimes.
Today I’m sharing some great ideas written by other mums in the trenches on how they make the school holidays awesome. And there’s a few posts from the Frugal and Thriving archives on summer fun.
School holiday tips
- School Holiday Tips from Planning with Kids. This post covers things like preparing for the holidays, keeping the house clean during the holidays (ha!), planning the holidays and activity ideas.
- Non-technology Related School Holiday Activities from Planning with Kids. This is a great post that covers the loose routine that Nicole, the writer, has during the holidays as well as non-tech activity ideas.
- Parent Smarter, not Harder: Be Prepared from Childhood 101. Ideas for ways to inspire kids to play (while you get on with other stuff).
- Boredom Busters from Picklebums. Like the above blogs, this one is Australian as well. This post includes a printable list of boredom busters. I love the fact that generating ideas is something they do as a family. Having the kids involved gives them ownership of activity ideas.
- Ultimate List of Boredom Buster Activities from The Imagination Tree. This is one of my favourite sites for kids’ activities. This post is a list of over 100 simple play activities that encourages creativity.
- Educational Summer Boredom Busters. Some great ideas for activities with a bit of an educational bent. My son LOVES this kind of stuff, especially science projects. Just because school is out, doesn’t mean learning stops.
- Boredom Buster Jar. A cute way to present activity ideas to kids. I love the way it’s colour-coded by activity type.
- Make a Smash Book. What’s a smash book, you might ask? Well it’s scrapbooking the way we used to do it when we were young, before it became a ‘thing’ and all frou frouy. This is simple scrapbooking on the go. A great way to remember what you did during the summer holidays!
And articles from Frugal and Thriving:
- Survive the Summer School Holidays
- Summer Bucket List of Frugal Activities (Printable)
- Summer Activity Coupons (Printable)
- Fun Frugal Summer Holiday Ideas
- Free and Almost Free Activities for Kids
What are your tips for staying sane during the long summer school holidays?
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.