Top Ten School Holiday Activities
Well, the last two weeks have certainly been full on. John and I have been working as a tag team, resting, and spending quality time with Sylvia and recovering lol. We wanted to make the holidays as fun as it can be-on a non existent budget and without effecting my ongoing health conditions.
It’s not easy having an only child, especially in the holidays. There are no siblings to play with. (There are also no siblings to fight with) and a lot of Sylvia’s school friends go away on family vacations. So that just leaves, John and I to help Sylvia to fill the extra time she has on her hands and come up with some exciting activities to keep her busy.
I must admit the weather during the first week was pretty rubbish. Lots of rain and hail stones. This made getting out and about a little more difficult but didn’t stop Sylvia from having a good time. The second week was typical spring, sunny and bright and Sylvia even managed to visit her Great Grandparents for two days.
On reflection the holidays went really well. I was able to manage my energy levels and help Sylvia to plan and enjoy her holidays, even with my limitations and some serious pain. I just couldn’t go out anywhere and had to follow basic bedrest and facing rules.
Apart from visiting my Grandparents (which I took part in), John took our daughter on outings when I needed to rest and I completed fun activities with Sylvia, often at the bedside or when I was able.
My hubby and I worked well together and are really getting the holidays sussed! Although the way we do things are different to the average mummy, I really do feel a success and feel that Sylvia has had a great Easter Break. Here are Sylvia’s favourite activities from the Easter Holidays.
1. Creating Easter Cards
We spent time making Easter Cards. Sylvia loves using google (supervised) and we searched Easter Images. We had quite a few drawing sessions. She was particularly obsessed with drawing chickens and eggs. Why not? It is spring after all!
2. Hama Beads with Mummy
We were introduced to Hama Beads last year during a visit to Exmouth. Sylvia got the boards for christmas and a huge tub of beads. I bought them at Ikea! Sylvia loves designing with Hama beads.
Sylvia wanted to wear leggings with Dog prints on. I don’t own a pair so happily stayed in my doggy Pyjama’s so we matched.
3. Converting the our Expedit unit into a Doll house.
Sylvia made a room for each of her dolls and a stable for the Barbie’s horses. She actually went “Barbie item hunting” at the local charity shops at the start of the holidays. She got a new Barbie with her Pony and a surf board for Ken all for £3.50 What a Bargain!
4. Lots of visits to Yarrow Valley Park with Daddy and Yoda.
We literally live within 5 minutes from this national park with all it’s beauty. Sylvia has been riding her bike while John and Yoda walked. John is developing his photography skills and took these Photos. I thought I’d share them. Sylvia also had a photo shoot with Yoda which she really enjoyed.
5. Building a Den in the lounge and watching Milkshake TV on the iPad mini.
Sylvia is really into building secret hideouts and dens at the moment. This was a great indoor activity and kept her busy from the hail storms.
6. Chalking in the Sunshine with Yoda
Sylvia loves drawing in all forms.Yoda keeps her company as she plays outside. He really is a great companion to her.
7. Making Dad’s Birthday card.
Sylvia loved her crafty session with Sandra and created the most amazing birthday card!
8. Visiting the Great Grandparents in Yorkshire
Sylvia spent two days with family. She went to the Library, spent an afternoon on a trampoline and had lots of fun getting creative with Grandma. My Grandmother is an artist! She really inspires Sylvia to be creative.
9. Building a board on Pinterest
These holiday’s I introduced Sylvia to Pinterest. She has been building her own board themed,
10. Reading Enid Blyton’s “The Magic Folk Collection: A Book of Pixie stories, The Book of Fairies, The Book of Brownies”
Now the holidays are over we can settle back into our weekly school routine and enjoy the moments we have together before and after school.