Thursday 27th February 2020,

Ideas for the School Holidays

Frixion Pilot Pens

So school holidays are here and I have three kids to entertain!

Don’t get me wrong I love spending time with my kids, but I find keeping them all entertained during the school holidays a little overwhelming. My kids would happily spend all day (and night) on their iPads, so during the school holidays I like to make sure we spend some quality time together.

Nicole Pierotti is a psychologist and parenting expert who says rather than making grand plans to go on a round of excursions, movies and trips, we should plan some ‘down-time’ that allows parents and kids to spend time connecting on real terms.

“We live in the age of ‘connection’ yet many parents feel disconnected from their kids because they are time-poor and school holidays give them a chance to complete other tasks. All too quickly the holidays draw to a close and we haven’t achieved what we had intended, leaving both children and parents unfulfilled,” says Nicole Pierotti, psychologist.

Nicole says that just ten to fifteen minutes is all we need to connect with our kids.

“Connecting is just about spending meaningful time together. The time where you really listen or just be together without jumping up to flip the dinner, feed the cat or hang out the washing,” says Nicole.

Even if you have to work this school holidays and they need to go to vacation care, you can still connect with your children at the end of the day and spend some meaningful time together,” says Nicole.

Here are Nicole’s top tips to connect with your child this school holidays:

  1. Simply sit together and draw. Whether it be scribbles for two year olds, shapes for three year olds, tracing for 4 year old and colouring in for school kids.
  2. Grab the play doh, add a placemat and get busy having fun. Try asking your child what it is they want to make and let them take the lead.
  3. Take in some fresh air and play outside: find a ball and kick, throw, bounce and catch, kids of any age love this time.
  4. Pick up a bucket of chalk and find a piece of concrete or pavers and draw. What to draw? It can be a road to ride their bike on, a shop, their name to trace over, or a picture of them.
  5. You can make car travel your connecting time, spot words on signs, letters on number plates, brands on cars.

If you are short on ideas, then grab some inspiration on line from Pilot Pen who have some great craft ideas.

Nicole Pierotti is a child psychologist and parenting expert. She runs her own clinic ‘Baby Smiles’ based in Queensland. For further information, visit:

For further information about Frixion Colors and some fun craft ideas, visit:


Love Mummahh




Win one of two Pilot Pen prize packs!

Win a Frixion pencil case full of awesome pens to help your kids get crafty these school holidays.These amazing pens contain a special thermo-sensitive ink that is removed by friction.  Each pen contains a built-in eraser on the end – just rub it quickly over your writing or drawing and it disappears as if by magic without a trace of anything left behind.

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Each prize pack is valued at RRP $39.98 and includes:

2 x Frixion Ball

2 x Frixion Clicker

2 x Frixion Point

2 x Frixion light

2 x Frixion Color

1 x Pencil Case

To enter comment below and tell me what your favourite school holiday activity is and why

Competition closes midnight 1 October 2016. Full T&C’s can be found here.


  1. Monica S. October 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    With three granddaughters under 5, we love to take them to the park (hop on something there) and pretend we are driving to the plaza, going grocery shopping, driving back home and tooting the car horn. The girls love it.

  2. Karla Oleinikoff September 30, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    We love going to the Abbey Museum at Caboolture. They have a different theme each holiday, and the kids do archery, archaeological digs, shield wall training, arts and crafts and more. It’s a fantastic, fun and educational day out.

  3. Mick G September 30, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    we love playing Pictionary – not only great family fun but wow we certainly see many a fun drawing

  4. Faye-Murray September 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    As we ‘Scrabble’ to play board games, the kids and I have the ‘Monopoly’ on fun every school holidays !

  5. Sarahmary September 29, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Camping! The kids love spending time in the outdoors, fishing on the beach or riding their dirt bikes with friends and family. It’s great to get out of reality and relax in the peace of quiet of nature

  6. paula September 29, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I’m a little excited to be going tadpole hunting in the Perth hills. Haven’t done it since my kids were small and now I’m taking my 2 year old grandson 🙂

  7. Michelle V September 28, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Visiting our local library (where I volunteer) and participating in the holiday program. They have everything from movie sessions (complete with popcorn!), arts and crafts, guest performers like magicians and dancers, and a lot more, all for free!

  8. Maria P September 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Anything to do with outdoors and water! Swimming, picnicing and lazy days on the beach are fun for everyone in the family.

  9. Diana September 27, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Getting the weeding done!!! Definitely this Mum’s favourite school holiday activity, making a game out of ‘who can fill their bucket full of weeds first’!!!! And no, I’m not that mean, the winner then gets to choose what special activity we all partake in the next day or on the weekend while Daddy’s home from work.

  10. Ern September 27, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Going to the Zoo, so much fun to be had there and great to be out in the sunshine and fresh air.

  11. Anastasia Xynos September 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

    School holiday time is when we love to take out or paints and canvases and paint some original artwork that we either gift to friends or frame and display around the house.

  12. Jenai September 27, 2016 at 8:54 am

    We love taking the bikes to a park.
    Taking time out from screen-time;
    And the ‘It’s my turn to play’ tearful whines …
    Outdoors, racing their bikes, they’ll ride until dark!

    Building confidence riding on two wheels;
    The boys race each other to faraway hills;
    Getting lots of fresh air and exercise;
    By evening time they have tired eyes.

    There is no fight to stay up late;
    No mum and dad getting irate.
    After a days’ bike riding they’re ready for rest;
    For school holidays, bike riding is the best!!