10 Activities To Do At Home With The Kids title

It is school holidays in Victoria. I was incredibly happy to see them arrive. Term 1 went ridiculously quick and was much busier than I would have liked it. I will certainly be trying for a calmer Term 2.

I posted a couple of weeks ago about kids activities in Melbourne that you can take the children to. We will be going away next week, so with only one week in Melbourne and everyone needing some rest, we will probably only do one, maybe two of these. The remainder of the time will be spent at home, pottering, reading and doing a few home based activities.

I have listed 10 great activities that you can do at home with the kids this school holidays. Again, we won’t be doing all of them, maybe two or three, but it is always nice to have a collection to choose from!

Note: All the images below come from the respective source listed. If you click on the image it will take you directly through to the full post about the activity.

1. Paper Mache

Paper Mache
It has been many years since we have made and I don’t think the younger three have ever made it. This creation from Playing By The Book is amazing, but I will not be aiming that high. More like a balloon for each child and they can decide what they would like to turn it into.

2. Construction and Experimentation

Kid's Activities At Home
Our preschooler has been very much into cars of late and we have been using wooden planks to drive cars up and down on. I think he will love this idea of using gutters posted by Not Just Cute. I also think my older boys will be able to set up some elaborate experiments with balls to journey along these gutters.

3. Collage

Collage - Autumn activities for kids
Little Fingers Big Dreams is experiencing the opposite weather to us living in the Northern Hemisphere, but these types of collages are also an activity which we have done in autumn before. I have found though it is important to make sure the leaves are dried first, so they don’t turn yucky when they have been stuck on the window for a while.

4. Play Dough

Glitter play dough - School Holiday Activities
I have to admit to going through phases with play dough and we are certainly well over due to make some new play dough. This time I will try the idea as shown by Good + Happy Day, breaking the batch up into smaller amounts and adding glitter to the mix. I already add essential oils to make it smell nicer and I might even add rice to one lot as well for more texture.

5. Tower Construction

Cup Stacking - Activities For Boys
Now I don’t think I have 400 cups to work with like they did at It’s A Boy’s Life, but I know that I have a collection of cups from parties over the years that would be perfect for this activity. Check out the post to see what other fabulous creations the boys made.

6. Setting Up Shop

Shop Role Play - School Holiday Ideas
My 6 and nearly 4 year old are really playing well together (mostly!!) and have been doing lots of pretend play. I think they would love using real items for their play like Counting Coconuts has set up for her son.

7. Growing Grass

Growing Grass
You really should check out this gorgeous post from Childhood Magic. They used Chia seeds to grow this lovely grass and I would love to try growing some grass like this with the kids.

This post shows another gorgeous example of creating “Little Worlds” or “Fairy Gardens” for preschoolers. They are very popular around the blogosphere at the moment. Check out the wonderful Australian blog Let The Children Play to see some examples of how these ideas are spreading.

8. Scavenger Hunt

Photo Scavenger Hunt
I love the idea of a scavenger hunt and this one from The Activity Mom looks like it would be a lot of fun, Although it would take a little time to set up, you could reuse the cards over and over again, in varying orders to create more scavenger hunts.

9. Making Your Own Playing Cards

School Holiday Activity Ideas - Catalogue
Squiggle Mum has many great ideas and I loved this one about recycling a catalogue to make your own set of playing cards. So many learning opportunities in this one from cutting and pasting to memory recall and language development.

10. Shadow Tracing

Shadow Games - Kids Activities At Home
My preschooler is facinated by his shadow at the moment and since seeing the fun they have with shadows and chalk on Ordinary Life Magic, I am looking forward to doing this activity with him.

Love to hear if you give any of these a try! If you are on school holidays like us – enjoy and have a great rest. Do you have any plans for activities with the kids?

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  • jenny March 30, 2010 at 7:28 am

    A fantastic collection of ideas (and thankyou so much for the mention!). We are gearing up for school holidays in NSW this week and I’ve just started to think of what fun things we can do without spending a load of money so your post came at the perfect time :)

    You know, I don’t think I’ve ever done paper mache with my youngest either, so I think that will be first on the agenda.

  • Tracy March 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

    My middle daughter collects the cardboard cylinders from toilet rolls. The kids build all kinds of things with them. They play indoor bowls with them. On occasion they draw faces and dress them up with fabric scraps and they become people.

    It’s amazing what can be done with a cardboard cylinder!

  • SquiggleMum March 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    What a wonderful roundup of activities from around the globe. I’ve found a couple of new blogs from your list, and been reminded of a few activities we haven’t done for a long time (like paper mache)! Plus, what a simple idea with the cup stacking!! Love it.

    Thanks for the shout out Nic.

  • PlanningQueen March 30, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Jenny – I have really been enjoying your blog. I wish my kids went to a kinder like yours!

    Tracy – I love watching kids improvise like that! They can make so much out of ordinary items.

    Squigglemum – Some of these blogs are recent finds to me too – my reader is exploding. And it is always a pleasure to include your posts!

  • Deb March 31, 2010 at 12:34 am

    What great ideas! We went much simpler with paper mache to start with – we put it around blown up water balloons to make little easter baskets.

  • Tamara April 01, 2010 at 9:06 am

    really enjoyed this post – hope you manage to enjoy all these activities with your family!

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