School holidays when I was a child consisted of a whole lot of reading and playing with the neighbourhood kids. Life is so different now. Firstly, most of our immediate neighbours were children 200 years ago, so they aren’t exactly suitable playmates for my children. Secondly, electronic devices when I was a child consisted of vacuum cleaners and toasters, so they weren’t exactly appealing as objects of amusement.
Juggling the use of devices is an ongoing issue, and we are currently trialing a screen time token system. Our lads don’t have their own personal device, but we do have a Wii and an iPad as well as 2 laptops which we allow them to access with our permission. The tokens are working really well so far, as the lads are highly motivated to accumulate screen time minutes; therefore chores are done more willingly, and bedtime is no longer such a drawn out process for Middle Son.
However, screen time is only a minimal part of the lads day, so there is a need for other activities to fill our days. Now with a 14 week old baby in our family (a belated post coming up about this big news!), occupying the bigger boys is a much more pressing issue! So what does one do when they have a 7 and 8 year old who need to be entertained, but one does not have the same amount of time as in previous school holidays? Why, you construct a list, of course! I do love lists, and grab any opportunity to pen one. So the arrival of school holidays was a fitting occasion to create a list of potential activities for the lads, so that they had a resource to go back to when the childhood profanity is spoken – “BORED!!!”
After I presented them the list, I requested that they initial any activities that sparked their interest. Here’s what happened…
The list has since mutated, with the addition of science experiments involving water pistols, cloud dough and aluminium foil art. I will post updates as these are ticked off the list.