Ava, Crafts, Make & Do, My Favourite Family, Thea

My six week summer holiday survival kit, for kids and me

I’m really excited about having over six weeks of Ava, full time, over the summer holidays, but I am also slightly worried about how I’ll keep her occupied!

I took this picture of our family calendar for August last week. Very empty! Blank calendar for August

In lots of ways it’s quite liberating, as it’s full of possibilities. And I know it will soon fill up as my other mummy friends and I get lots of play dates and park visits in.

I recently got in contact with a friend to arrange a meet up, and she could only give me three dates that she didn’t have things planned on, over the whole holiday! That made me panic a bit. I guess there are planners and the fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants people. I definitely fall into the latter camp! But seeing my friend’s summer plan (she texted it to me, it is marvellous) I thought I had better start doing some planning of my own! 

So my calendar is looking a bit more populated now but as know there will be plenty of opportunities for day trips and play dates, I decided to collect some ideas and resources for those inevitable “I’m bored!” moments, when we’re at home. Lucky I did as we are only one week in, and Ava’s been saying it quite a lot!

We have actually cracked open the cross stitch already. This was as far as we got and it took ages. Then she wanted to watch TV. So although it says 4+ I think maybe it’s more suitable for slightly older kids! Child's cross stitch

I have also stocked up on paper (these girls can draw for hours given half a chance!) and plan to dig out the play dough. I hate play dough. I can’t bear it when all the colours get muddled. And the way it gets stuck to your feet when (of course) they drop it all over the floor. But I’m sure it will get an outing sooner or later (assuming it hasn’t all dried out!) and we also have a full range of Disney DVDs to fall back on. And both girls also love baking and playing in the garden.

I will be supplementing this kit with things for me too…

Yorkshire Tea, Wolf Blass Red Wine and Chocolate HobNobs

Plenty of tea and biscuits! And maybe the odd glass of wine (after the girls are in bed, of course!)

I’m pretty pleased with my little kit, especially as it was so cheap, and I think Ava and Thea will be too. So what about you, any tips on other activities suitable for a 4 and 2 year old?




  1. DomesticatedMomster

    14th August 2015 at 4:58 am

    I have enjoyed the summer with my mini monsters but this mommy is ready to finally have alone time for a few hours in the morning for the first time in over 5 years! Can I get a woot woot! I am popping over from the lovely #sharewithme.

    1. Becky Pink

      14th August 2015 at 10:16 am

      Wow that’s going to be amazing. And emotional. I hope you enjoy it after the shock wears off x

      1. DomesticatedMomster

        15th August 2015 at 4:45 am

        I have already cried thinking about the first day. I will try to be strong when the first day of school comes. ;o)

  2. Jenny @ Let's Talk Mommy

    12th August 2015 at 12:56 am

    What a great six week summer survive kit and lovely idea to make the most of the time off. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    1. Becky Pink

      12th August 2015 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Jenny, we are getting through it so I’ll have to find some more things to keep us occupied! X

  3. Hil

    11th August 2015 at 1:42 am

    I remember I used to love doing those versions of cross stitch when I was a kid. What a great idea. I currently have a 2-year-old and we are doing a lot of handprint crafts, water play, and colouring.

    1. Becky Pink

      11th August 2015 at 7:23 am

      Handprint crafts is a great idea, thanks! Enjoy your colouring, that’s always a winner in our house! X

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  5. Hannah Atkinson

    10th August 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I love all the things you have collected. I put the occasional date in the calendar for later on in the holidays but I tend to decide what we are doing at the beginning of each week. Enjoy the hobnobs! Thanks for linking up with #featurefridays

    1. Becky Pink

      10th August 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Good idea Hannah, I think making a weekly plan is more achievable for me than a monthly one! I did enjoy the hobnobs. They didn’t last long! X

  6. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

    8th August 2015 at 7:59 am

    I think I need to come back to your blog in a couple of years time for some ideas! You seem very wholesome with what you plan to do. I particularly like your little kit – tea, wine and biscuits a definite must! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon! xx

    1. Becky Pink

      8th August 2015 at 9:50 am

      Thanks Sarah, it remains to be seen if the girls actually like these things! The beach ball lasted a grand total of one afternoon before it got a puncture so we’ll see how it goes ☺️ xx

  7. Angela M (@daisyangel1)

    7th August 2015 at 5:48 pm

    When my niece was younger she used to love picking flowers in the garden and arranging them in a small posy vase, ready for an impromptu picnic.

    Angela – Garden Tea Cakes and Me

    1. Becky Pink

      7th August 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Ah what a lovely idea, thank you! X

  8. beth

    5th August 2015 at 5:11 pm

    You look prepared! How about a ‘sports day’ out in the back, go for a walk and pick some sticks , leaves etc and then let them stick it on paper at home 🙂 xxx

    1. Becky Pink

      5th August 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Great ideas thank you Beth. They’d love sports day especially xx

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