Great Ideas for Summer Break Activities with the Kids
We can’t be on holiday all of the time, and when we are at home there will always be times when we feel short of inspiration on things to do with the kids – especially when the weather lets us down and they’re angling for some extra screen-time. But with a little imagination, there are plenty of things to keep all the family happy and busy – and many of them are inexpensive or even free. The following are some of our favourites.
• Learn how to make origami animals.
• Cook: from home-made pizza to fruit lollies and popsicles, kids love getting stuck into fun recipes.
• Invest in some modelling clay and bring all kinds of creations to life.
• Rediscover your local library and expand your horizons by finding a new author to enjoy.
• Dust off the board games – Operation, Connect Four, Scrabble, Cluedo and Monopoly are all classics perfect for family bonding time.
• Film a home movie on a smartphone.
• Set up an ‘art club’ for your kids and their friends, doing everything from finger-painting to creating their own manga comics.
• Make your own lemonade.
• Set yourselves targets for your hobbies. If you play instruments, try to learn a new tune each week.
• Take up the lost art of letter writing and renew contact with friends abroad or distant relatives.
• Spend a night camping in your own garden.
• Research walks in your area and discover new places you didn’t even know were on your doorstep.
• Go out for a whole day on your bikes, armed with a map and a picnic.
• Create a treasure hunt in your garden or nearest park.
• Investigate local volunteering opportunities such as beach or park cleans.
• If you don’t have a dog to walk, ask around for neighbours who might need help with theirs over the summer.
• If you’re thinking about heading for a theme-park or zoo, look out for kids go free vouchers and the like.
• Keep a wildlife diary with descriptions and pictures of animals that you see during the holidays, from butterflies and birds in your garden to bugs and larger critters in parks and nature reserves.
• Hold a mini-Olympics in your garden or local park: think football, Frisbee, running races and the like.
• Pack a kite and head for the nearest breezy spot, whether a beach or a hilltop.
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