How to make your hard earned money go further in the school holidays

Anyone with a child knows those 3 words that are spoken all too often... “Can I have...?”

It’s not always easy to simply say “NO” and our beloved children don’t understand “I can’t afford it”; they really do believe that money grows on trees and that we have a freshly picked batch of it in a bottomless bucket hidden under the bed!

Sadly, this isn’t the case. So how can we tackle the dreaded question from a different approach?

Here’s an idea I would like to share that I have used over the last couple of years with the children in my life and I must say, it works!

  1. Work out your budget (I usually do it for a week)
  2. Work out a list of possible activities (including prices and possible extras)
  3. Write the activities on some cut up pieces of paper (I like to make mine look pretty but this is entirely up to you)
  4. Provide the children with “THE RULES” (my example is below). These are non-negotiable! I also add in a little incentive to not spend every one of my hard earned pennies.
  5. Present the child/children the pieces of paper along with a larger sheet of paper with the days of the week listed, plus 7 blank pieces for their final choices (MY EXAMPLE BELOW) Let them debate between them for as long as it may take - it’s quite interesting to hear their reasoning (and arguments) around their decisions!
  6. Go and make yourself a cuppa (or a something a little stronger if the mood takes you) SIT BACK, RELAX AND LET THE MAGIC HAPPEN


The week’s activities are now sorted and the kids know exactly what’s going on, meaning I don’t have to hear “I’m bored” or “what are we doing today?”

Enjoy, and let us know how you get on! Angie x

Activity planner


Looking for other ideas on how to spend the summer holidays? Claire, our Nursery Consultant, recently wrote a blog on activities and days out in Kent for you and the kids this summer



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