Holiday Tips

Tricia from Selwyn Toddlers was our Guest Speaker for our December Forum.  Here are some of the great tips she had for surviving the holidays.


  • Slow down over the holidays. Expect errands to take longer, not only are the kids going to take longer to get there but the shops are busier. Take time to make errand outings fun for the kids ie. going to the bank can be a great experience to learn about where money can go to be saved.
  • Write a calendar of events and stick to it.  If you and the children take time at the beginning of the holiday to write down all the things you want to achieve you will have it visual on the calendar.  Children can then see when it is THEIR time and it makes them more patient when it is YOUR time.
  • Talk to friends or look up local OSCAR programmes to get ideas on what to do. Local things save on petrol and they don’t have to cost money.  A local picnic, bike tracks, water courses and playgrounds are a great hit for a few hours of outside time.
  • Child swap.  Be brash, ask friends for play dates and plan the reciprocal play date. Be open and honest with the parent.  Ensure you are not always the host. Children with friends over are often entertained in non-organised play which is great.
  • OSCAR programmes are flexible and you can book one day or a full week. It gives the kids great experiences and you some much needed rest and relaxation. Do some research, involve the kids in this.
  • Google places of interest, find out what kids are expected to see, study the topics so the children can learn from their experiences.
  • Give the kids a holiday scrapbook. They can add photos, pamphlets, pictures they have drawn, even newspaper clippings. Collect tickets and any little memorabilia for the books.

 Thanks Tricia.

Here are some ideas from Ian Grant’s 25 Summer Holiday Tips CD, which is available to loan from our library.


  • Introduce an end of term celebration tradition, such as taking them out for an ice-cream sundae on the last day of school. 
  • Start a Holiday Jar – the kids can write their ideas on slips of paper and put in, make sure there are some low cost or no cost ideas too.
  • Break the day into three – morning, afternoon and evening.  The children get to choose one activity to fit into one of these slots.  This way they come to understand that they may need to help with chores first.
  • Let the kids create the menu for a day.  This can be interesting!