ideal school holiday project is one that keeps the kids engaged and eager for a
couple of days at least. Here, five engrossing ideas that will capture their
Shop for the necessary supplies – gravel rocks for the
base, charcoal, potting soil and little plants, and a glass vessel (jar, fish
bowl, or whatever takes your fancy). Go for nature walks in the local area to
find decorative props – shells from the beach, pretty coloured stones, tiny
pine cones or acorns can all look great. Then finally, add colour with little
animals, Lego men or whatever your kids want to repurpose from their toy
collection.Construct a Cubby HouseA great one for all ages, this project can be as simple
or as involved as you like. If you have a bit of a garden and the weather
allows, take it outside and let the kids get creative with any spare scraps of
wood or other building materials you have onsite. For older ones, this might be
an opportunity to teach them some basic handyman skills, while younger kids
might be happy if you just let them drag home any fallen branches they find on
their travels to construct a garden lean-to.
Another idea, which works for indoor and outdoor cubby
houses, is to donate a few old sheets to the cause and encourage the kids to go
nuts with paint, decorating them with pictures of windows and flower boxes on
one side and indoor furniture on the other. Hang them up and you’ve got an
instant, fully furnished cubby!
Keep a Holiday DiaryStart with a scrapbook and get the kids to create a
visual diary of their school holidays. This might include written descriptions
of what they did each day and what they liked best or, particularly for younger
ones, it might be mostly a collection of drawings, illustrating their adventures.
Encourage them to collect souvenirs of their favourite activities and paste
them in, from movie ticket stubs to museum maps.
A related project that could spring from this is flower
pressing – older kids might want to make their scrapbook a botanical journal,
identifying different species of plants, while younger ones might have fun
collecting and pasting in autumn leaves, or creating drawings around pressed
flowers (think petals as fairy skirts or similar)Put on a Puppet ShowThis activity starts with a craft extravaganza! Round
up a bunch of old socks and set up the kids with some glue, googly eyes, bits
of coloured felt and scraps of wool. Encourage them to make a few colourful creatures,
which can be as wacky as they like (six-eyed monsters perhaps?) or based on characters
from their favourite books (Red Riding Hood or a purple-prickled Gruffalo would
look great). Next, set to work on a theatre, which is basically just an old
cardboard box with the back and base removed to leave just the front and two
short sides. Cut out a square from the front panel, then unleash the kids with
The theatre can be as elaborate as they like, with
optional scraps of fabric for curtains and strings of fairy lights around the
‘stage’. Encourage the kids to script and rehearse their own play, or recreate
one of their favourite stories to perform for the family.Draw up a Family TreeFamily tree projects are a great way to engage kids
with their family history and can be easily customised to suit different age
groups. Older kids might want to see how far back they can go, quizzing older
family members and collecting stories along with names and dates. Keep it simple for younger kids and make it a fun craft
project, starting with a large sheet of paper, tracing the shape of a tree
trunk and helping them to fill in the branches. To make it more fun, kids could
draw their family members or even capture the rellies on camera!
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