Knowing how to keep your children entertained during the summer holidays can sometimes be a difficult task for parents, especially when kids can quickly grow bored. Fortunately for you, we have together a handful of child friendly summer holiday that everyone can enjoy.
Summer is one of the best times of year and with these activities your kids will enjoy their time to the fullest. Remember to keep a camera close by to capture all these magic moments and memories made.
During the holidays there is going to be lots going on in your local area that the whole family can enjoy. Check out local community websites and tourist information boards to see what’s going. Local libraries are also a great place to look for any upcoming events and they are also great places to take the kids. With plenty of books and computers to keep them busy and often storytime.
The Great Outdoors
- Don’t forget to fully embrace the great outdoors during the holidays. Sunny days are best spent outside and are ideal for activities such as ball games or picnics. Here are some suggestions on what to plan with the kids:
- If you have a tent, arrange a camping trip with the whole family for the night. Toast marshmallows by the fire, sing songs, tell stories, play games and simply just enjoy each others company.
- Organise a treasure hunt. Write clues and hide treats for the children to find.
- Go for a walk, whether its a walk through the park or woods you can turn it into a miniature nature hike by bringing a sketchbook and camera. You could also play ‘I Spy’ when walking around searching for birds, animals or flowers.
- Hold your own Olympics with games and equipment… sack races, tug of war, hopscotch, relay – you name it, you can play it.
- Remember, if you don’t fancy travelling anywhere, you can still enjoy the sunshine in your back garden. This way you don’t have to spend too much money and can still have just as much fun, if not more being in the comfort of your own home.
- You can also get creative in the kitchen, bake a cake to take to a BBQ or picnic or make ice lollies and freeze these in your fridge freezer at home. If yours needs an upgrade, opt for a model from the likes of Fisher and Paykel that feature special technology that regulates the temperature every time you open the door. Those ice lollies will be ready in no time.
Staying At Home
There will be a handful of days you’ll find yourself stuck inside, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Take the opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones and try out one of the following activities:
- Arrange a movie day – pick a handful of your favourite films, get some popcorn and put your feet up.
- Get in the kitchen and get cooking. Pick a recipe with the kids, go shopping for the ingredients and cook something together that you can all enjoy eating later. This can range from a sponge cake to spaghetti and meatballs – whatever it maybe, you’ll all feel great afterwards eating something you made as a team.
- Build a den. All you need is some boxes, sofa cushions, a few blankets and your imagination for an afternoon full of fun.
- Make a scrapbook together using photos from your family albums and pictures torn from magazines. This is great fun for a craft afternoon with lots of glitter, glue, colourful pens and paper.
Hopefully you’re now feeling inspired, ready for a fun filled summer holiday but remember you don’t have to fill every minute of the day – encourage your kids to use their imagination and find the independence to also do their own thing.
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