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School Holiday Ideas … in a Jar

When the school holidays roll around again don’t fret about what you can do or where you can take the kids. Spend some time during the week before the school holidays creating this awesome school holiday ideas jar with the kids input to keep them focused on a great school holiday period. If you include the kids in the creation and ideas it will hopefully mean that they are keen to do the activities during the holidays (and will behave appropriately!)

This is a really easy activity, and involving the kids means you can include ‘rewards’ for really good behaviour.

Things you will need:

school holiday ideas
Things you will need
  • A jar
  • Blank paper
  • Decorative paper
  • Pens
  • Scissors
  • Sticktape

How to make the Jar:

You can put as much effort into decorating the jar as you have the energy for! We used decorative paper from the present wrapping cupboard and felt pens. Then all you need to do is fill the jar with ideas of activities to keep the little ones out of mischief! We didn’t bother with a lid, but you can if you think you need to. Make sure the activities you write down are ones you are happy to follow through with!

Some ideas to put in the jar:

  • Walk to the park
  • Wash the car
  • Baking
  • PJ’s day
  • Movie night
  • Cubby house day
  • Make playdough
  • Go to the beach
  • Make a book
  • Take a ride on the train
  • Challenge yourselves to whisper for 1 hour, 2 hours, the whole day?
  • Make your own juice and freeze

Your children will enjoy helping you come up with ideas too.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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