My usual Top Ten School Holiday Ideas has had to take a different slant this break. If current regulations permit it, you could check out our Fresh Air Fun destination blogs. Please check that the parks are not closed before you set out. We also have our Wet Weather ideas for inside ideas for little ones.
I have decided to focus on Ten School Holiday Project Ideas that your children can work on from home. They are meant to be activities that will keep them occupied for multiple days, weeks or sometimes in an ongoing capacity. Any more ideas are welcome.
- Start a club: Your children could start a virtual catch up group with your friends or family members. They might like to start a book club, bike club (where you share where you biked with your family in the past week), gardening club, Minecraft, dancing, drawing club or whatever takes their fancy. If you don’t have access to live video, they could email or message each other.
- Make a book: If your children enjoy writing, drawing or taking photos, they might like to write a novel, make a comic book or picture book. Make it into a real book with materials at home or through your local photo, copy shop or via an online store.
- Paddock to plate: Have your children plant their own or assist you in making a flower or veggie patch. Let them tend to it each day, check the progress of flowers and produce. Take this project even further and have the kids plan snacks or meals they can bake and cook using their home grown goodies.
- Make a fairy garden: If you have a covered garden area, or a pot plant inside that is big enough, why not create a fairy garden? Order some tiny fairy furniture, or make your own. Decorate it with beautiful tiny leaves, stones and plants. Write letters to leave for the fairies to find. Maybe they will even write back!
- Bury something special, a time capsule or treasure: When I was in Year 6, I made a time capsule in the form of a letter to myself with questions about the future to open in the year 2000. (Showing my age here). I opened it earlier than that but it was a lot of fun to create. I imagine filling a box with some knick knacks and a letter, and then burying it somewhere in your garden would be even more fun! (I created some questions to print and answer for your time capsule for you to copy, if you like). Or you might also like to draw a treasure map to buried treasure. Parents or carers could do one for younger children. Older kids may want to make their own for their siblings or friends for some time in the future. Bury the treasure in your garden or hide it somewhere in your property. Write clues or instructions, maybe even in a rhyme. (We made some if you want to copy them and save time). Just don’t forget where you have buried your treasures!
- Make a board game: I had to make many board games over the years in my schooling and always enjoyed it. This is great fun for older children and they can base the board game on whatever topic they like. Recycle materials around the home to create a board and counters. Research information if you need for your board game questions. This could be hours of fun to make as well as enjoyable to play over and over again!
- Make a video on how to do the skills for your favourite sport: For those missing their favourite sports during isolation, why not encourage them to make their own videos on how to master particular skills. You can send them to your friends or local club if you want to share them or just keep them for siblings to use.
- Start a blog: A blog is a wonderful way for your children to learn how to write and type more proficiently, to master using a computer program, and to record whatever content they would like. You can get free blogs from WordPress and you don’t have to make them public if you don’t want to. If a blog seems too tricky for younger children, they could create their own journal in a document on a computer or could do it the old fashioned way with paper and pen. Encourage them to add to photos, pictures and bits and pieces to their journals.
- Make your own play or dance: For the creative creatures, you could encourage them to write and act out a play, or choreograph their own dance. They could share it with their friends and do it together via video link or when they are able to meet up in the future.
- Learn a new skill: This is a great time to learn something new. Learn a language. Learn how to sew or crochet and make a blanket or something useful. Search up ‘no sew’ creations. Try out some origami (paper folding). Learn about gardening and plant some flowers or vegetables. The possibilities are endless. Choose something and spend a little time on it each day.
Are there any other big projects you think would be a great school holiday project? Let us know in the comments.