Easter is only a matter of weeks away, two whole weeks of entertaining children and hoping the weather is good. So what does our family do? We hand control over to the children (kind of) with the Holiday Challenge.
It sounds exciting and daring and for our part it is. They write a list of five things that they want to do. That’s why it’s daring for us. Who knows what they come up with, but I can almost guarantee that something on there will trigger an inward groan from either me or the husband.
The idea is for half the holiday they have chosen what to do so there should be minimal moaning. I won’t even bother to write minimal fighting because only one child can do their chosen activity at once. There is guaranteed fighting over whose turn first, whose was the best idea.
It is interesting to see what they write. Some ideas from my 8 year old already on his list. Cinema (thank you Meerkat Movies), Cardiff Story (their favourite museum) and go for a bike ride.
To make it even more interesting you can set challenges for them.
Holiday Challenge Ideas With a Difference
Everything should be free – where can you go? What can you do?
Something sport related
Something history related
You have a £10 budget – what do you choose to do with it (do a budget that suits you and the area that you live)
So that’s our Easter Holiday planned and the rest of the school holidays this year. I have my fingers crossed for some sensible suggestions and nothing that involves me being goal keeper.
For other school holiday ideas for all weathers take a look at some of our activity blog posts… Rainy Day Activity Kitchen Roll Colouring! My Favourite Places to Download Children’s Activity Sheets, If you’re feeling brave: make your own play dough and Child Friendly Days Out and Activity Gift Ideas
Have fun this school holiday!
Benefits of Playing Lego – New Games With Lego
Lego isn’t all about the latest themed sets and newest releases. It’s actually a great source of learning. Here are a few of my favourite games with Lego that I have played with my two children.
One of the first things we try and teach our children to do is count. Lego gives lots of counting opportunities, sorting games and ways to learn shapes.
Can you count the number of blocks?
Can you count the number of spots on the blocks?
How many blocks does it take to build a car/dog/house?
How many shapes can you build? Build them in 2D and 3D!
Can you sort the shapes into size/type/colour?
What shape blocks are in your set?
Water play – does it sink? How many pieces does it take to sink? Can you build a raft or boat that floats?
How can Lego help develop English skills? It is a building toy after all.
Can you build an ‘a’ shape (or any other letter). If they’re younger then you build the letter and they guess what it is.
Write on them! Write letters on the sides of the blocks and get them to build words.
Or write words on the sides of each block and get them to build sentences.
Use Lego minifigures to make up your own Lego story. If they’re old enough they can write it down, if younger then get them acting it out with the minifigures.
Lego is an inherently creative toy. I’ve blogged about our Lego challenge before here but it is worth trying to build objects without using instructions.
Choose some of the more unusual pieces and get them to build a piece of “modern art”. If they are struggling Google some art pieces or go to your local museum or gallery for ideas.
Can you build something entirely out of one colour of blocks?
Build your bedroom out of Lego. Can you make a cupboard with working doors?
Get your favourite story and build some Lego illustrations and characters to go with it.
Creative problem solving! My son used to love solving Thomas the Tank Engine problems. For example, Thomas needs a new shed can you build him one? Thomas has lost his trucks to shunt coal, can you build him a red truck?
Often people say that once a set is built there is nothing else to do with it but that is so not true. Use the ideas above with a set sat on your shelf. Was it fun? Did it inspire your child to play with it again? You have as much imagination as me? What games can you think of?
My only point of note! Don’t let them get carried away and mix up the sets. Trust me as a parent, it isn’t as much fun working out which pieces went with which set. I love the Creative boxes for these activities because they have a variety of piece styles in them.
I hope you enjoy these games with Lego ideas.