School Holiday Planner – Free Printable

school holiday planner free printable from

Are you off on your holidays soon? Best wishes if you are. I don’t know anyone who goes away for every day of every school holiday, there are too many. If you have time at home perhaps or have time to kill in the school holidays, how about getting your children to help you plan how to fill the days? When I teach my girls to plan their time I find they don’t respond so well to rigid lists and timetables. They don’t want tick-boxes or calendars with all their time and activities marked out. So using a bit of fuzzy logic I created this school holiday planner free printable, using bubble-thinking techniques. A link to the PDF is at the bottom of this post. It’s not strict or rigid, it’s flexible, flowing and child-led. I’ve aimed it at children aged 8 to 16 but it can be used by younger children too. It could even be used by teachers in their time off!

Use It Your Own Way

There’s no right or wrong way to use this holiday planner; you don’t have to fill it all in. You don’t have to feel guilty if you don’t do everything you have planned. You’re on holiday! My girls used my original hand-written version to write their own lists, but now I’ve put my years of Photoshop training to good use and made it into a colourful form. You can write straight onto it. If nothing else, it triggers ideas. It should mean that you don’t so often find yourself thinking “what on earth can I persuade the kids to do today?”. It should also mean that you don’t get to the end of the holidays with a child whining at you that they didn’t get to do something that you did not even know they wanted to do. Does that sound familiar?

This is my first printable on my blog, please test it, give me feedback and if you like it do please share!

Here’s the link to download the PDF:

Click Here: School Holiday Planner

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  1. 3rd April 2017 / 6:03 am

    This is a great idea! I can see it working for my family, both in making sure that everyone gets to plan what they want to do (no more ‘it’s not fair’ at the end of the holidays), and also as a great weapon/blackmail tool/motivator to remind them what they planned or promised to do at the start of the break. Brilliant! #TweensTeensBeyond

  2. 31st March 2017 / 11:26 am

    Lovely idea for a planner. My middle daughter will be ‘deep’ in GCSE revision so it would be good for my 11 year old to have some structure as well. Thank you for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

  3. 30th March 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Great idea Jan. We are going to have to do a bit of gentle nagging this holiday as the SATs are upon us. It’s tough when there is lots of fun to be had. Eat an elephant in small pieces is the key for us in the next few months. Thanks for sharing with #TweensTeensBeyond

  4. 29th March 2017 / 5:24 pm

    I love a planner! I did treat myself to one recently which was swiftly taken by the eldest teen for his revision. I will test this out with my teen daughter, it looks perfect for her. Love the bubble concept. Thanks for joining us again. #TweensTeensBeyond

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