Holiday activities for language learning.
The school holidays are coming up. Keeping the kids occupied can be quite a challenge! I have put together a list of activities that you can do with your kids during the winter holidays. There are a range of activities here to suit all budgets and interests.
The school holidays are coming up. Keeping the kids occupied can be quite a challenge! I have put together a list of activities that you can do with your kids during the winter holidays. There are a range of activities here to suit all budgets and interests. Don’t forget that you can use your Discover NSW vouchers!
- Coastal Walk - enjoy a nice day out with the family along beaches and headlands such as Bondi to Coogee or Spit Bridge to Manly.
- Zoos and Wildlife Parks -
- Sea Life Aquarium (Sydney)
- Taronga Zoo (Mosman)
- Sydney Zoo (Greater Western Sydney)
- Featherdale Wildlife Park (Doonside)
- Symbio Wildlife Park (Helensburgh)
- Parks - on a warmer day, you can enjoy a picnic or bike ride at one of these parks:
- Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
- Sydney Olympic Park
- Museums and Galleries -
- Australian National Maritime Museum
- Powerhouse Museum
- Australian Museum
- Museum of Fire
- The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
The school holidays are packed with opportunities for language learning. Here are some ideas:
• Take photos on the day. Use the photos later to practice recounting skills. Model sequence words like first, next, then, last. Have your child retell the event to another family member.
• Use a range of vocabulary when describing what you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch. For example, when you see an elephant at the zoo, you can talk about its big ears and long trunk.
- Cooking -
Kids enjoy making simple recipes such as toasties, fruit salad or pancakes. The whole family can join in! It provides a perfect opportunity to teach language. For young children, you can teach them the names of foods and describing words about the colour, shape, feel, smell, and taste. You can model different action words such as, ‘chop’, ‘peel’, ‘stir’, ‘measure’, ‘wash’, ‘slice’, etc. For older children, it helps them to follow and create procedures. They can take photos of each stage then print them out and use them to write a procedure.
- Treasure Hunt -
Treasure Hunt – Who doesn’t enjoy a treasure hunt? Treasure hunts provide opportunities to practice:
Concepts: “Find 3 blue things”, “Find 3 soft things”.
Literacy skills: “Find 3 things that start with ‘d’”, “Find something that rhymes with ‘dog’”.
Categories: “Find 3 pieces of clothing”, “Find 3 fruits”.
Functions: “Find something you can wear”, or “Find something you can eat”.