Some of the products mentioned in this post were gifted to me.
Well, school holidays. It seems that every time I have the same battle, trying to limit screen time but at the same time trying to make sure the kids have fun and that they get some downtime. But these holidays, I created some rules, and they have lead to a much happier experience of the school holidays for us.
Probably the easiest to knock off. And it doesn’t have to be boring. Reading, listening to times table songs (and dancing), practising a musical instrument- we are doing piano, flute and recorder, writing a story, there are lots of options!
We aim to do this first in the day so it is less of a chore. Over the summer I taught my little guy to read using the Fitzroy program. We spent around 40 minutes each day doing reading and he was a level 8 by the end of summer. I bought their system after needing to support my son with his reading. Honestly, it’s phonetic approach to reading is amazing!
Go for a walk, play handball, go swimming, walk the dog, ride your scooter, play tennis. If it’s raining, do an indoor activity- like ice skating, handball (we play under the carport) or even try a game like Shake Off! by Colorific, it has caused endless giggles and a lot of exercise these holidays!
Just dance around the lounge room to the kids favourite song- they will join in after looking at you for a few minutes wondering why you’ve gone crazy!
This has been a big part of these school holidays. We have done something creative every single day. It doesn’t have to be an art and craft activity, building with lego can be creative, drawing a picture, planting a succulent garden.
We were lucky enough to be gifted some awesome activities from Colorific and we have used them to full our creative void these holidays. We have painted mugs, made sand people, painted bowls, made a jewellery box, a windchime, painted glass plates and generally done a whole heap of creative stuff we wouldn’t have done otherwise.
The kits are awesome because they have everything you need and spell everything out simply so you can’t fail. There is no need to abandon and run to the shops mid crafting because you are missing and essential element and it makes the whole experience much easier with step by step kid friendly instructions.
Something together has to be my favourite. Read a book together, make dinner together, wash up together. Do something that everyone is involved in. We have had fun baking together, making pizzas, reading a book together, walking around ikea! Making waffles is a family favourite!
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We used a lot of colorific products this year! You can check them out here.