Inspired by our recent day out at Forest Holidays new park Black Forest - Moo and Daddy have been collecting and building an invertebrate hotel. I have no doubt it will have many transformations as stuff is added and subtracted but this is it's current form.
Regardless of whether you run your own business or are employed its still Half term next week. It can be slightly manic going from one child who still has a nap and doesn't speak much to 3 – 2 of whom don't sleep and talk for Britain! I like to ensure I have a plan!
What do I do?!
I make a list of all the things that are going on and pop them on the calender. That way when we wake up in the morning we have something to do … I’m not regimented if the children want a chill out day, play with their toys ride bikes etc. .. I don't force them, but having a plan in place already means we have things to do.
Book-bags – keep an eye out for flyers and write stuff down.
Children's Centres – they still run during Half Term and sometimes put on extras for the older children. Ours held a free fun-day with magician, face paints and balloon modelling in the Easter Holidays.
What FREE stuff is available?
Tesco FA Skills run free 2.5 hours sessions for 5-11 year olds. Moo has been to these most holidays. It's great for him to play football (he has lessons at school and on a Saturday) with a different coach and children its such a good confidence booster.
Check out the library – not only for the books but there are usually some free activities/craft sessions on during the holiday (you may need to book in advance)
Take advantage of where you live – going for walks can be fun (and free!) plan some activities. Act out stories – Going on a Bear Hunt or The Gruffalo. Choose a letter and take a bucket/basket and only collect things beginning with ….. Make collages when you get home. Moo like to take out binoculars and books so he can look things up or take notes. There is also a great activity PDF you can print off on 1926 Trading Co. LTD (we plan to do this one next week)
Making lunch – kids love and will spend hours making sandwiches so give it ago!
Having a plan and a set time is also useful if you are a mumpreneur – as I have some leverage with my children. “We will do this and then I need to check my emails, write an article” …. its a compromise
So whatever you do this holiday make sure you have fun!