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!