Time and Budgeting for Leisure Activities - Vocational


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Definition: Time and budgeting for Leisure Activities - finding the time and money to take part in leisure activities.

Key Terms:

  1. Consequences - The result or effect of an action or condition.
  2. Responsibilities - A duty or obligation to perform or complete a task.
  3. Budget - Allow or set aside a particular amount of money for a set activity or period of time.
  4. Balance - To make things equal or evenly distributed.

Discussion Points

  • There is a difference between “free time” and “leisure”- Free time is extra time you have when you are not doing something. (Waiting for class to start, sitting in the waiting room at a dentist’s office) Leisure is time spent doing an activity the person enjoys. (Swimming, listening to music, drawing, reading)
  • It is important to create a balance of “leisure activities” and “work” (Work can be chores at home, classwork/school work, a job, etc.)
  • There can be consequences to “all work” and “no play”, such as: Stress, illness, boredom, sadness.
  • There can be consequences to “having fun” all the time, and not taking care of your personal responsibilities, such as: Bad grades, getting into trouble, poor health, loss of self-esteem, things not getting done.
  • You should try to have a budget for leisure activities, that includes both free activities and ones that cost money.

Activity 1: Balance Your Time

Pass out copies of Student Activity Sheet A and colored pencils to each student. Have students color the days/times they are typically working in blue. (Working should include school, doing chores, working at a job.)

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A
  • colored pencils

Next, have students color the days/times they are typically participating in a leisure activity such as an after school club, yoga class, sport etc. in red, then color the days/times they are usually sleeping in black. Finally, students should color all other “free time” days/times in green. Once they complete the chart, students should answer the questions that follow, then discuss results as a class.

Activity 2: Stay in Budget!

Pass out copies of Student Activity Sheet B to each student. Tell students that they are given a $30 per week allowance to use on leisure activities.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B
  • Computer or Ipad
  • Calculator (optional)
  • writing utensil

Using the chart, students will fill in some of the leisure activities they participate in (per week), as well as how many times a week they do that activity, and the cost of it. ( If they are unsure of how much that activity costs, they can refer to the internet.) Next, students should total the cost of that activity per week in the right column. When they are done, have students total all the costs they wrote down (do not include examples) in the right column and place the amount on the “Weekly Leisure Cost Total”. If any students’ leisure expenses go over the $30 budget amount, have them explain what leisure activities they would change to allow them to stay in budget.

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Teacher should explain to students they have $20 to spend on 4 days worth of leisure activities. Have them create a video about the leisure activities they will choose, how many times it will occur in four days, and the cost. Students should view one another’s videos at the end, and vote on which video gave the most amount of leisure time activities for the money. Hint: The more free leisure activities, the better! Students should name and record their scripts using SiLAS software, and save the final movie.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student


Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheets A

Directions: Use the link below to open the Student Activity Sheet A.

Student Activity Sheet A

Student Activity Sheets B

Directions: Use the link below to open the Student Activity Sheet B.

Student Activity Sheet B

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: To check your understanding of the lesson, answer the following questions.

1. Describe the difference between free time and leisure?

2. Give an example of free time and an example of leisure:

3. What is a consequence to having fun all the time, and not completing your responsibilities?

4. What is a consequence to only engaging in “work” and not leaving any time for leisure activities?

5. What is budgeting, and why is it important when it comes to participating in leisure activities?