The summer holidays are here, and if you’re looking for inspiration, we’ve got plenty of activities to keep your kids entertained and happy
If the Olympics has sparked excitement in your household, why not hold your own kids’ mini Olympics with friends or siblings outside? As well as easy-to-recreate sports, such as the 100m race, you can let your imagination run wild, using a frisbee for the discus, a tennis ball for shot put and hurdles made from cardboard boxes. There’s even some crafty fun to be had if you let the kids decorate cardboard ‘medals’ or cups to act as trophies ahead of the main event.
Whether it’s baking fairy cakes or adding their own toppings to pizzas, kids love to get involved in the kitchen – and if their creation works for lunch or dinner afterwards, you’re killing two birds with one stone! Get them involved with simple tasks such as cutting pastry or dough with cutters, washing salad, counting out ingredients and stirring up dressings. As well as keeping your little ones entertained, you’ll also help set them up with cookery skills for life.
A swim at the local leisure centre is definitely one of the more budget-friendly activities available during the holidays, but there are plenty of other ways to have fun with water at home. Get the paddling pool out to create your own water park in the garden (swimwear obligatory!). Or fill some washing-up bowls with soapy water and set the kids to work cleaning bikes, the car or even their toys – you’ll be surprised how well it occupies them.
From planting flowers in pots on a balcony to watering vast borders of greenery, there are plenty of gardening tasks the kids can get involved with. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, they’re a great place for kids to while away summer days. Try challenging them to build a tent on the lawn, throw a picnic or use chalk to decorate the patio. Just don’t forget plenty of SPF.
Out and about
Days out with kids can be expensive (it’s definitely worth signing up to Sparks for discounts at major attractions across the UK). However, there’s plenty you can do that won’t break the bank. A trip to the library is free – why not set your kids a summer reading challenge to fuel their literary passions? Likewise, many museums and art galleries in the UK are free, and offer child-friendly days and activities on their websites.
Words: Sophie Hines