Tips and tricks for using your holiday activity board

How can I use the Activity Board?

Create a game of Bingo

  • Challenge 1: Complete one Bingo line per day (vertical, horizontal or diagonal)
  • Challenge 2: Complete the whole board by the end of the holidays

Make it a Competition


If your child / children love competition, you could have them compete against each other, or invite friends to play along with them! 

Display all of your child's work in a book

Give your child a workbook, and they complete each of the activities inside the workbook, building a collection of their work. This is a great way to teach your child to publish their work, and the added bonus - they can share it with their teacher/class upon returning to school, giving them the opportunity to present their own work and be proud of it.

What the Colours Mean


Each colour on the Activity Board, represents a different subject.


Yellow: Mindfulness / Gratitude activities

Blue: Maths Activities

Green: Reading Activities

Orange: Writing Activities


Many of these activities are project based activities, that require your child to use skills found across a range of subjects.


For example: Create your own toy. Depending on how your child interprets that activity, they might draw the toy. This uses their knowledge of shapes (maths) as well as art. If your child decides to make a 3D representation of their toy, they will begin to use design technology skills as well.  

Why are Project Based Learning Activities a great way to engage your child?


Project Based Learning Activities are child/student centred activities rather than adult/teacher led. They can be left open to interpretation and allow your child to develop their creative side, while still learning to follow a set of activity rules.


Benefits:

  • Your child is learning, problem solving and consolidating their knowledge without it feeling like learning. 
  • Your child uses a range of skills to complete each project. For example, many projects require children to use their reading, writing and mathematical knowledge, while also incorporating hands on creative elements such as design technology and art.
  • Project based learning activities show your child how key skills can be used and applied in a real world context. Sometimes children ask why they are learning something, as it seems boring on worksheets, and they don't understand how it will ever be used in their life. For example: the concept of converting units of measure can be quite a tricky concept for some children. Yet, when cooking, we often convert units of measure to double our recipe when we are expecting more people over, or halve the recipe if it will make too much.

Why are mindfulness and gratitude activities important?


Your child's mind is one of their most powerful tools. It can help them, distract them, or stop them from achieving what they need to achieve. 


Practising mindfulness activities, can help your child to utilise the power of positive thinking to help them achieve their goals. 


These activities can help alleviate stress or boredom, unlock deeper parts of your child's brain to allow creativity and help your child build confidence in themselves and what they can achieve.


Some easy mindful activities that you can do with your child include:

  • Daily journaling
  • Meditation
  • Talking/writing about what they are grateful for
  • Talking/writing about something positive that happened to them that day
  • Talking/writing down all of the things they are good at
  • Drawing pictures
  • Colouring in
  • Reading a book on a topic they enjoy
  • Going for a walk in nature