When I checked Miss O's school calendar recently, I came to a ghastly realisation. SCHOOL HOLIDAY WILL BE HERE IN TWO WEEKS!!! Eeeeekkkk!!! *hyperventilating mode on*.
If you are like me in any way, you will probably be quite intimidated by this one thing: SCHOOL HOLIDAY! Why, you ask? Because I am an introvert mum. And this introvert mum dreads being surrounded by her children 24/7, non-stop.
Don't get it wrong, I love being together with my children, but I'm also the first to admit that although their presence delights me in so many ways, their seemingly never-ending energy drains mine rather quickly. Plus I'm not the type of person who enjoys playing with little kids (I somewhat learnt to enjoy it through a long process, but that's another story). When that happens I have this overwhelming need to go to a secluded corner and have a little bit of time with myself.
Having said that, I'm trying to be prepared for the school holiday. At the moment I'm trying out a three-month subscription with Little Passports for Miss O. It is a monthly subscription of global adventure activity packs where little ones can learn about different histories, geographies, cultures and languages around the world. I'm really looking forward to see her reaction when the first package arrives in the mail. It will especially be addressed for her, and that's a great thing because kids these days rarely receive something in the mail. The signature blue suitcase should arrive any day now. I got O the World Edition, so there will be plenty to explore. Anyway, you could find out more about Little Passports here.
But other than that, what else?
I want to make this school holiday a little bit more interesting and organised, so I've been on a lookout for interesting indoor activities for the children. I do have a few requirements when I decide what's included in our must-do list. It has to be easy enough for a 6-year-old to do and enjoy, and if it's a craft activity, it has to be something that looks good in our home or something that we can actually use. Heh. And of course, it has to be fun!
Am I asking too much? Anyway, after hours of Pinterest and net browsing, this is the list. I reckon they all look adorable, and I'm a sucker for all things cute and pretty.
- This DIY Terrarium is perfect for our curious little gardener (via Madey Edlin)
- Bored inside? Not to worry! This Newspaper Fort will provide hours of entertainment (via All for the Boys)
- This Suncatcher Hoop is great for toddlers and older children alike. Plus, it could be a permanent addition to your home decor (via Estéfi Machado)
- Feel like a little bit of science project? Observe how crystals grow by making this Rainbow Rock Candy. It could also double as a pretty gift for a sweet-toothed loved one (via Happiness is Homemade)
- Practice your brush strokes with this easy-to-make Watercolour Card. And get yourself a collection of ready-to-use greeting cards, too (via Little Girl Designs)
- I've been looking forward to making this Clay Bead Necklace ever since the first time I saw the tutorial. I wonder how it'll turn out? (via Little Girl Designs)
So, what do you think? Is two-week school holiday enough time to make all of them?
I am going to attempt making at least two of them, and you should try doing these wonderful activities, too!