Planning for school holidays
The school holidays are fast approaching yet again and planning ahead is vital. My kids have two weeks off this time. It is inevitable at some point I will want to throw at least one of them out of the window!
“I am looking forward to eye rolling, stomping around and listening repeated chanting of I’m bored”, said no one ever…!
That said, I am feeling a little optimistic this time as I will be entering this holiday period armed with a plan. Why not grab your free school holiday planner which is available in the printables library!
Although, as life goes with kids, nothing is ever set in stone.
Planning half-term without a hitch.
Preparation is key
A holiday plan should take into account:
- Rest days – A day or two at the beginning and again towards the end; This will also allow time for back to school prep.
- A good mix of at home activities and days out – Taking into account the need to adhere to a monthly budget
- Catching up with friends and family who live further away.
Feeding time at the zoo!
Meal planning throughout the holidays is also essential as extra food will be required. I will be researching lunchtime menus and recipes.
Tip: It is a good idea to start stockpiling food a week or two before the holidays begin.
Get the low-down on meal plan like a pro in this post here!
It seems whenever the kids are off they are always hungry? I am not sure how they get through a day at school at all. It is a good idea to prepare and stock up with extra snack foods also.
Snack food ideas:
- Frozen fruit and berries for smoothies
- Dried fruit & nuts
- Dry crackers or rice cakes
- Home baked goods such as cakes and flapjacks
- Corn kernels for popping
- Cooked Meats
- Fresh fruit
For days at home
Rather than letting them loaf in front of the tv or games console, It is a good idea to prepare some craft activities and gather supplies. It doesn’t have to be expensive; it can be as simple as saving cereal boxes and egg cartons. Pinterest is uber useful for craft activity ideas… (addict)!
Tip: I love The Works for affordable craft supplies, books and good behaviour rewards.
Although it may be tempting to allow bedtimes to slip during the holidays, it is essential to maintain a relatively normal routine. Not only for the health of the kids but your own sanity! It is much easier to keep a routine now than having to start from scratch once they go back to school. Late nights = late or grouchy mornings!
30 minutes later than usual should be the limit as it should be relatively easy to gain back after the holidays.
Looking after yourself
If I am honest, even though I love my kids dearly I am the first to admit it’s exhausting being with them 24 hours a day; Tending to their every whim, the arguing, fighting and just plain loudness!
It is important to practice self-care at this time also. Allow yourself time to relax when the kids are occupying themselves or playing outside with friends. Grab yourself a cuppa and sit down, paint your nails, read a book or catch up on a blog.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY PLANNER
Want to get organised for the holidays? Download your free printable school planner from the shop now.
The planner includes weekly planning pages with space for meal ideas. A school info page where you record contact information and jot down term dates, holidays and inset days.
You’ll also find a bonus page full of boredom busting activity ideas.
Share your school holiday successes with us in the comments. We would love to hear from you.