Summer holiday sanity list

picture of children walking in a forest

Forest walk

The 6 weeks summer holidays are fast approaching and I am starting to get a little concerned about how I am going to entertain a 5 yr old and two 3 yr olds for 6 solid weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing and being with my kids, but I need to have a plan, or all hell will break loose (and that will not be a pleasant site).

I thought I’d write a list of all the ideas I have, for play and craft etc, to do throughout the holidays:

Outdoor activities

  1. Fly a kite
  2. Do a sports day (maybe with friends too)
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Go on a nature walk
  5. Jump in puddles (on a rainy day)
  6. Do a scavenger hunt
  7. Go Geocaching
  8. Ride bikes
  9. Ride scooters
  10. Make a good den in the garden
  11. Go to the beach
  12. Paddling pool fun
  13. Water play
  14. Bubbles
  15. Have a picnic
  16. Ball games
  17. Make a map of our walk to school/park etc
  18. Visit a farm
  19. Feed the ducks
  20. Go to the park

Indoor activities

  1. Painting
  2. Junk modelling
  3. Crafts
  4. Make boats then sail them
  5. Make up stories/story telling
  6. Make a puppet theatre
  7. Do a puppet show
  8. Make scrapbooks about your holiday or day out
  9. Play skittles
  10. Cooking
  11. Playdoh
  12. Lego
  13. Create a photo journal
  14. Movie afternoon
  15. Visit the library
  16. Make a map of our house
  17. Puzzles
  18. Dressing up and pretend play
  19. Play shops
  20. Play hospitals
  21. Paint stones
  22. Crafts with shells collected on a beach
  23. Read stories together
  24. Board games
  25. Tea party

This is my list so far. I will probably add to it as I think of more things, but it is a start and I believe it helps to give me a focus. I need focus in order to maintain some kind of sanity.

A lot of the time children need to be kept occupied and stimulated. I personally find their behaviour is so much better when we are out, or when we are all engaged in an activity. Some activities may seem like an effort, but, for me it is always worth it, to see the children have fun, learn and behave well. Effort usually pays off in the end.

And, I get to play too (always a bonus, big kid at heart)!

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4 Responses to Summer holiday sanity list

  1. Claire says:

    Love these ideas… Will definitely be stealing some of them! Like the way you’ve split them into indoor and outdoor as well… There shouldn’t be any “I’m bored”s in your household! Thanks for linking up with #GetGoodSummer Claire xx

    • karen bell says:

      Thank you. For me a list like this is essential this year if we all want to stay sane :)

  2. Rebecca U says:

    Great ideas, given me ideas to help entertain my little one :)

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