Thrifty holiday activities

(13 Posts)

I'm running out of ideas.
So far we have:
Made fairy cakes
Made and played with playdough
Gone for 'interesting' walks, twice
Been on the bus to the next town and the DCs given £2 each to spend in the pound shop
Been to the local museum

Plus a good many days of that standby, the benign neglect day. Well it's good for them isn't it.
The sunshine and heavy showers weather is not helping.

BonkeySaysTeamGBAreTheMollocks Fri 03-Aug-12 22:46:21

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charlieandlola Fri 03-Aug-12 22:56:21

Library

Projects - ds writing one on history of computer games !

Make your own jigsaws

Writing book reviews online

Holiday diary

Our local aithority does free swimming for u 16s / or 12 activity sessions for £20.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Sat 04-Aug-12 13:43:39

our local librarys have free activities over the summer, DSC are signed up for t-shirt printing, old fashioned playground games, olympic crafts and a wizard crafts and stories session.

B&Q have childrens diy sessions that are free in August, DSS is signed up for wooden boat making and tool box making.

We also have free swimming for under 16`s

Junk modelling competition, cardboard boxes, tubes, yogurt pots etc, challange them to make a robot/animal/machine etc

t-shirt decorating, old t-shirt and felt tip pens

write a story and turn it into a book complete with pictures (photographs of dc doing whatever the book is about)

wooden spoon puppets, spoons are cheap and they can decorate with bits of material, pens, googly eyes, tin foil, buttons etc.

chalking in the garden, we get many hours of enjoyment out of chalking on the fence, path, patio even wall and it just washes off with the hose

water painting, cup of water and paintbrush and paint on fence, wall etc

Stone painting, go for a walk and find a big smooth stone to paint on which can be used as paperweights

RedBlanket Sat 04-Aug-12 13:50:04

Is B&Q doing that everywhere? That sounds fab.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Sat 04-Aug-12 13:55:23

I think so we have 4 B&Q`s locally and they are all doing it, you have to ring and book though.

They do it all year round but it usually costs £5 per child and an adult has to stay with them

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Sat 04-Aug-12 13:57:25

heres the link www.diy.com/kidsclasses

RedBlanket Sat 04-Aug-12 13:59:25

Walk/scoot to the library. Spend an hour playing games on the library computers (whilst you read the papers), then bus home. Half a day spent for a couple of quid
Park always good for a couple hours if you take a picnic
Tip all the lego into the middle of the room and sort and bag up. I've done colours. It takes ages, they rediscover a love of Lego andorra gets tidied up
I was planning a summer holiday long Monopoly marathon but I went bust after about an hour [shame] so we had to pack it up.

RedBlanket Sat 04-Aug-12 14:04:36

Smiling - thanks ill check it out today.

Treasure hunt.

Give them a list of things to find around the house (can be printed out pictures if too young to read) and set a timer. Simple stuff like 'a spoon', 'a white sock' etc.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 04-Aug-12 21:28:47

Have you got a resevoir nearby? they usually have a walk around them plus you can watch people sailing/canoes etc and feed the ducks.

When I was little a trip on the train was a treat because we had a car.

Snog Sat 04-Aug-12 21:36:45

Cooking
Cleaning
Gardening
Municipal parks and paddling pools
Building dens
Camping in the garden and campfires
Art projects eg fill squeeze bottle with water and decorate concrete
Arrange and photograph leaves and stones
Create your own restaurant at home
Geocaching
Endless options really, enjoy your time together

serin Sun 05-Aug-12 14:02:22

Form a rock band grin
Build a den
Build a pond
Turn your shed into a nature reserve
National Trust places are often free if you just want to walk around the grounds.
Flower arranging (use wildflowers/twigs)
Make jam
Invite friends over
Dressing up

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