School Holiday Boredom Busters


School Holiday Boredom Busters

School holidays are nearly upon us – well here in Australia they are! As a teacher, I get to spend the entire school holidays with my children – some days this is lovely, some days all I want to do is go to work and escape…

I’m a big fan of days with no plans, as a bit of boredom is a wonderful thing for children – it ensures they can play independently, escape into their imagination and invent their own boredom busting entertainment. The beautiful book ‘Today We Have No Plans’ is much read in our house, to remind us of the importance of down-time.


However – my children are known to be fairly feral at times, and I now plan holiday activities well in advance. We always visit the State Library of Qld and GOMA with Nonna and the cousins (this has become quite a holiday tradition), I look up what activities are happening at Brisbane City Council Libraries (they are fab!) and I always have a number of ‘doodle’ books on hand. Pud and a friend are off to an art workshop at Bim, Bam, Boom (check out similar art/craft stores in your state) and this year we’re also taking part in the ‘Gold Star Reading Challenge’ which I’m hoping will keep PudStar amused. A number of her friends are also involved in this BCC challenge – who said reading wasn’t a social activity?

Below are some ideas for holiday activities, you might like to sit with your children and work out which they’d like to do – or go through them first and work which you don’t want to do! 
Cubbyhouse makeover

Bookshelf for your room

Lotta Magazine – Holiday Edition

  Holiday Activity Books

Creative ‘Colouring’ Books

Create a sewing kit

Holiday journals

Story stones – make your own

Make a fairy garden

Make a dinosaur garden

Reading response stones with sparkle

Worm Towers for the garden

Gardening projects

Growing carrots in a pot

Walnut babies

Gumnut Babies

Flower fairy pictures

Chalk stories

Egg Heads

Lunchbox biscuits – cooking chocolate chip biscuits

Walnut BabyGumnut Babies and Gumleaves

A bowl of Story StonesDinosaur Tea Partyfairy garden


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