This is our first proper half term holiday now that C is at school. We've had holidays from pre-school before, but somehow a proper half-term holiday is different.
As always, while I don't want too much planned and structured activity. I do like to have a rough plan to prevent chaos, boredom and arguments. Here's how I worked out my plan.
First we chatted about some ideas. I wanted a list of "active activities" - ones that involve running around or using lots of energy, including some wet weather alternatives (it is October in Britain!), and a list of "other activities". I wrote them down on small stickies in two different colours. I checked the leisure centre website and our collection of attraction leaflets for some additional ideas.
Next I made a plan of the week, noting when Hubby was going to be around and when working, and when we were expecting my sister and her children to come and visit.
I put one active activity, and one other activity in each day. Because we've done them on stickies, they are flexible. We can switch to a wet-weather activity if it's raining, we can do an at-home activity if we don't feel like going out so much. If one activity overruns from morning into the afternoon, we can switch in a shorter activity for the rest of the day. I definitely want them to do something active every day - use up some energy, keep them fit, have lots of fun, preferably outdoors, rarely involves any arguments... it really is a win-win.
Most importantly the children have had a say in what the activities are. C is desperate to try his new scooter out at a skate-park, and we've not tried the local skate-parks yet. Bug has seen where there's a soft-play in Hereford, so that's on her list of "must-do" activities. We just spent a great morning yesterday building dens at National Trust Berrington Hall, and C had an awesome time, so that's on his list too, and he wants to build a den with his cousin this time.