School Holiday Fun Suggestions
1. Bundle up for a Winter Nature Scavenger Hunt This doesn't require much, only a dry day, a park or garden and some paper, pen and a small piece of cardboard. Oh and some clothes pegs, or bulldog clips! Work out where you’re going to do your hunt, and write a list of 5 or 10 things (depending on the age of your child) that are very likely to be found there. A brown leaf, a gumnut, a round stone and a bottle top are all good (the added bonus of putting a ‘trash’ item on the list is you can talk about the importance of not littering with your child!). Draw a little box next to each item on the list for them to check off once they’ve found them, then clip the paper to the cardboard and your scavenger hunt is ready to roll! Bundle your little person up in their warmest coat (we love the eco-friendly range from Crywolf, made from recycled materials!) and let them loose on the great outdoors with their clipboard and pen.
2. Have a Board Game and Hot Choccie Afternoon When the weather’s truly foul, look no further than the board game cupboard for family fun that entertains everyone. My son and I are big fans of Bingo Australia, created by the clever folk at Blue Roo Games, for littlies aged 3 til about 7. Make it feel more special with delicious hot (well, let’s say warm to be safe!) chocolate and marshmallows served in your cute Little Woods milkshake cups, and you’ve got yourself a sweet afternoon indoors.
3. Plan a Cubby House Readathon Two things which many kids love are cubbies - especially if big people squeeze in too - and reading new and exciting books. Put them together and you have a recipe for great, cheap winter school holiday fun! Firstly, create a cubby from your biggest sheets, chairs and soft doonas for the floor. Grab a torch or battery-powered camping lantern, a stack of books and snuggle in!
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There are SO many other great ideas, these are just the start. From indoor picnics (and for that you’ll need a simply beautiful new rug from The Some Where Co., right?) to short hikes in your area which are suitable for little legs, get planning now so you’re ahead of the game come the end of June. And remember to have fun!
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