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Advice

Homeschooling and holidays


The school holidays can be a wonderful time to unwind, however it is not surprising that kids want to do all the holiday things… but you know what also sounds good?  A hot bath and 5 seconds to yourself to relax. Honestly, we would probably happily compromise for a single piece of chocolate without our kids wanting to know where theirs is. You know how it is. We have gathered a range of fun ideas to inspire you as you move towards the first school holidays of the year.

Hanging out at home

As a homeschooler, finding fun things to do at home is just a normal part of life. However, the key is to mix-it-up! Here are some ideas you may want to embrace or rediscover.

Camping out

Set up a tent, cubby or tepee in the backyard, or even inside.

Baking

Search online for easy recipes that kids can cook, help with or decorate. Invite people over to share their creations. Encourage the kids to make a scrapbook of their favourite recipes.

Treasure hunts

Create clues for the kids to find things hidden around the house or garden. Or get them to plan a hunt for someone else, with a map and clues.

Vegetable gardening

Get kids to plant their own vegetables or herbs, either in the garden or in pots. Help them learn more about what they’re planting by taking them to visit a local community garden or garden shop, or by helping them do some research online.

Art and craft

Look around the house for things they could use for art and craft activities — anything from old socks and buttons to cardboard boxes and scrap paper.

Dress-ups and drama

Gather up all your old clothes or buy some from the op shop. As well as playing dress-ups, the kids could use them as costumes to perform their own plays or make short movies.

Toy libraries and op shops

Join a local toy library or buy toys from op shops, second-hand markets, garage sales or online marketplaces.

Visit Toy Libraries Australia to find your local toy library.

Organise a toy swap with your friends. Most families have lots of toys their children no longer use.

Getting out and about

With a bit of planning, there are lots of outings that won’t blow your budget.

Libraries

Libraries often have story sessions and free activities for different ages during school holidays.

Check if your library has ebooks or free streaming of movies and TV shows. Some also offer free online courses or apps to learn a new language.

Museums and galleries

Museums and galleries often run free or cheap school holiday activities and programs: check their websites for details.

Check out your local area

See what events your council, local clubs and shopping centres are running. Search online for ‘what’s on’ and for free festivals, concerts and other events in your local area or city.

Get outdoors

Parks, playgrounds, gardens, bike paths, beaches and rivers all offer a great day out. If you can, explore places you’ve never been. Make a day of it by packing a picnic or letting the kids invite their friends.

Find discounts

For paid activities, check if there are any special deals on certain days of the week, for example, at the movies. Search online for discount vouchers and codes. If there’s a group discount available, tee it up with some friends. 

Post-outing

When you get home, encourage your kids to write a story, draw a picture or make a scrapbook about the outing. If they take photos or videos while you’re out and about, they could make a short movie or slide show when they get home.

Involve your kids in budgeting

Even with the best intentions, costs can blow out during the holidays. Doing a budget beforehand can help keep things in check. The following website has some great money learning activities.

https://moneysmart.gov.au/teaching-kids-about-money

They’ll learn how to make decisions about travel, food, accommodation and activities on a budget.