With the long six of seven week summer holidays looming, it’s an exciting time for kids and families to spend time together, visit new places and just relax for a while. When your little ones are off school every single day however, it’s not always easy to keep them entertained. Here are ten fun, cheap and easy ideas to try out on those long, sunny (and rainy) days.
Simple fun. Skip out cafes in favour of far cheaper picnics on the local park which are full of all your kids’ favourite foods. They’ll love preparing it and enjoying sarnies on the grass with a good old game of Frisbee.
This one might seem a bit boring but taking out a day towards the end of the holidays to prepare can really help get everyone back into the right mindset! Help kids who feel anxious about the school weeks ahead by picking out a fresh new uniform, shopping for their school lunches and morning breakfasts and writing out daily schedules to make it all seem a lot less daunting.
This one is perfect for all ages – and allows exhausted parents to take a sly 3 hour nap. Move the sofas close to the telly,get in the popcorn and ice-cream and watch the best downloaded films.
If you usually drive everywhere with the kids, little ones will love a ride on the train instead. Take the train into the local town or city and watch as they drink in the sights and sounds – plus, it means you don’t have to say no to that glass of wine at lunchtime either!
Everybody knows that being super-organised is no fun at all – unless you’re Monica Geller that is. Making a few set planned days every week can really get the ball rolling and bust boredom however, as kids cut out fairy wings, pack bags and research the activities which are coming up.
I’m sure we all remember getting back from the school holidays and forgetting how to write! Task the kids with writing letters to family, family friends or even their favourite celebrities to get those writing muscles working and also to pass a fun (and quiet) hour or two. The looks on their faces on getting replies will be utterly priceless.
Even for those kids who love to cook, let’s face it, it’s easier to get dinner done without the ‘help’ or a haphazard 4 year old. When there’s a little more time during the holidays, fascinate the little ones by showing them and letting them help as you put together their favourite meal.
No need for a fete or carnival for this one. Pick up some face paints or use your least favourite make-up and try to recreate the best looks found online. Even if they come out looking less than perfect, it’s always a great laugh for everyone!
We can’t rely on the weather in this country, so when there’s a rainy or windy day on the horizon, have some fun with a duvet day! Although it’s not an obvious summer activity, it’s something everyone craves over the colder months, so make use of the time you have over the holidays. Best of all? You don’t have to get dressed either!
DIY and crafts are a classic school holiday activity. Make it even more fun and interesting by suggesting that kids make their items small gifts for mum or dad when they get home from work or a grandparents or friend they’ll be seeing in the next few days. This really encourages them to think of others as well as to stay amused.
Giving the kids a fresh, new look in their bedroom will really give them a boost for the months of studying ahead. How about a sweet kids Eames table and chairs, an elephant or even a new wardrobe. They’re log it almost as much as you do!