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School Holiday Activity Guide 2020

by Sally Foster (follow)

Your solution to what to get up to these school holidays

Hey Brisbane Mums,

We know that these school holidays are going to be a huge challenge for everyone. With social distancing in place, and many of us quarantined in our homes, we have to get really creative with ways to keep the kids entertained this school holidays.

Please know that we are a village here at Brisbane Mums, and we will get through this together.

Here are some ideas that we have come up with that include online activities, and activities that you can do at home both indoors and in your backyard and local park.

If you have any to add and share, please let us know so we can keep on updating. The more ideas we have, the better!

Easter Activity EPack

The Easter School Holiday EPack is ready to launch on April 1 and that is no joke. Get ready to download the ultimate boredom buster that the kids can do by themselves, or you can do as a family.

Packed with over 100 pages including jigsaws, crosswords, colouring-in, puzzles and much more, the Easter Activity EPack is just $9.90 and once downloaded, can be printed off as many times as you like!

Buy before the end of March and get a further 20% off your order!

Would you like a FREE 10-page sample? To check out a sample of the hugely popular Christmas EPack, simply click here to download now.

Virtual Excursions

Virtual Excursions are a thing! You don't have to physically travel to enjoy seeing some incredible sites and visit a zoo, museum or art gallery. Here are some places that offer virtual excursions right here in Australia:

Queensland Museum
See Here

Phillip Island Penguins
See Here

Taronga Zoo
Zoo Sydney See Here

Great Barrier Reef
See Here

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
See Here.

Educational Websites for Online Learning

Even if school is out, there is still some really fun resources to keep the learning going at home. Here are some awesome educations websites for all ages that are also fun and engaging.

Reading Eggs - Where children learn to read and free sample lessons available

ABC Mathseeds - Where children learn Math and a free trial is available

National Geographic Kids - Where kids learn Geography, History, Art and Culture

Fizzics Education - Live Science Classes

Code Club Australia - Step by steps to create animations, games and websites

Kids Scholastic - Read and discuss your adventures with friends

Ideas for at home indoor activities

Cut up a magazine and do collages
Puzzles. Crocodile Creek make awesome and very durable puzzles.
Playdough. Make your own or just buy some at the supermarket.
Create your own story by drawing pictures and you write the words for the younger kids
Lego Bath - fill a bath with Duplo and go crazy
Make a movie on an IPhone using IMovie
Play party games - what's the time mr wolf, pass the parcel using toys at home, musical chairs around the table, pin the tail on the donkey
Disco dance party with prizes for the winner
Bake pizza scrolls, banana bread or other nutritious and delicious snacks
Set up a zoo with stuffed animals and go on a safari
Stickers! Draw a picture and let your kid cover it with stickers
Cosmic Kids Yoga. An app for kids to practice yoga and mindfulness. It's brilliant. Find it here.

My biggest advice as a stay at home Mum, is to keep 'busy boxes' which is boxes of different activities that you only get out at set times. If they are not available to your kids all the time, it is like a new toy each time you get the box out. I have a box for craft, painting, lego, cars, farm animals, play dough and play cooking.

Ideas for outdoor activities at home or at the park

Egg and spoon or three legged races
Keepy Uppy with balloons
Go 'camping' in a tent. Invite stuffed animals along
Scavenger Hunt - write a list and find everything including rocks, leaves, sticks, flowers etc.
Tonka trucks and diggers and car in the dirt and grass
Painting. Lay down tarp or a splash mat on the grass and let your kids go nuts on some butchers paper. Use potatoes, leaves and sponges for different painting brushes
Fill pots and pans with water and detergent and 'wash' toys
Get some sand and plastic dinosaurs or animals and bury things to 'dig up'.
Set up baskets to throw balls into
Create a herb or flower garden. Even a fairy garden with plastic plants if you are not a green thumb
Wash the car
Outside movie on picnic rugs. Combining screen time with Vitamin D time!

I also like to create 'Invitations to Play'. Younger kids aren't all great at figuring out what to play with. So by setting them up with a game, e.g. a 'shop' with fake groceries and a cash register, you can start the game with them and then see if they will keep playing alone. I set it up the night before so it is exciting to wake up to the next morning

If you are looking for even more ideas, Busy Toddler has some brilliant ones!

Bike Rides

While we are still allowed outside but have been advised to keep our distance, exploring in the fresh open air on a bike has never been more inviting. Here are some beautiful places in Brisbane to explore:

Perrin Park, Toowong

Perrin Park in Toowong is a bike track that is perfect for little riders! There are two pathways to follow - the first is long and winding, working its way throughout the park and around the playground. This trail is littered with friendly street signs that kids will love to read and interact with, and although there are some bends in the route, they are more than gentle enough for new riders

Carindale to Minnippi Parklands, Carindale

The journey starts from the park area near Westfield Carindale and follows the Bulimba Creek all the way to the luscious grasslands of Minnippi. The entire route is 9km which obviously may be a bit too far for little legs, so feel free to start closer down the track; there is a playground about halfway along that would make a great beginning point.

Thompson's Beach Esplanade, Victoria Point

Okay, so it's not the longest of bike routes but Thompson's Beach Esplanade is perfect for children who are just finding their 'bicycle' feet. The pathway is wide enough for riders to not crash into anyone's legs and runs right alongside the beach. Kids will find the smooth, even ground easy to ride on and there are no sharp bends or dips, as well as no steep inclines.

Wynnum to Manly Foreshore

We couldn't write a list of ideal children's bike rides and not include the 'Wynnum to Manly Esplanade' - a smooth, well-maintained bike path that runs alongside the seafront and is surrounded by gorgeous scenery, beach style cafes and children's play areas. The entire route is around 10km there and back, however it is such an enjoyable route, with so much going on around it, that it feels much shorter.

Sandgate Foreshore

This easy cycle route is roughly around 6km there and back, and runs alongside Sandgate's wonderful shoreline, ending at the historic jetty at Shorncliffe. There are lots to see and do along the way, why not take a break and stop off at one of the waterfront picnic spots? Or let kids stop and have a play at one of the numbers of playgrounds that are located along the pathway?

Kedron Brook Trail

Stretching for almost 20kms from Nundah to Mitchelton, the trail lets you ride passed creeks, parks and picnic facilities. The trail is perfectly designed to be shared by both pedestrians and cyclists, with carefully signposted paths and safe from traffic. You can find out more about the path here.

I hope you found some inspiration in this guide. Please let us know if you know of any local small group activities that are happening so we can share.

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