The long six week summer holiday is edging ever closer and the kids will want to spend more and more time outside, if the rain holds off that is, so we need to be prepared with fun activities that will be purse friendly and won’t require prior planning. Here are some great ideas to busy your little ones this summer.
Make a den in the garden
Making a den doesn’t have to be an elaborate piece of art, a table or few chairs with a blanket draped over is enough to get your kids’ imaginations going and create a whole new world of their own. You could suggest ideas for what the den could be when they get bored of one idea; your den could be anything from a deserted cave on a treasure island to an igloo in the North Pole. This will be a great imagination game and especially good if you have things to be getting on with at the same time as they will entertain themselves. Of course if you wanted to join in there’s no age limit on this game!
Take Them To A Park
The park is a fun space for children to run wild and have fun on all the various play equipment that you’d typically find in a park. It can also be a great opportunity for your children to ride their bike around without worrying about oncoming traffic. And if you’re child is someone who likes Skateboards, then many parks will often feature some form of skateboard area to practice their tricks in. Going to a local park is something that many families don’t do enough of, and it’s important to get your children outdoors, especially with all of the technology they consume.
This is a great idea for a family day out as there are plenty of child friendly cycle paths and off road routes to take advantage of. Many woodland areas have specified cycle tracks with varying degrees of difficulty so you can tailor your ride to the age and competency of your children. The most important point to remember when biking, even off road and away from cars, is to wear a helmet as it can result in an unfortunate head injury. Taking a picnic will also add to the fun as you can break off from cycling and eat before coming back again.
Make the most of local attractions
We are all guilty of sometimes overlooking facilities that are right on our doorstep. Local parks are always fun places to visit and no matter how many times they go, kids still get huge enjoyment out of it. By going prepared with a football, tennis rackets and whatever other sports equipment you have you will be able to entertain the kids all day long. You could even create a mini obstacle course for a bit of fun, and be sure to join in yourself!
For all our budding artists this is a great activity. Take all your painting equipment outside and ask your children to paint what they see around them, whether this be birds, trees or the garden as a whole. Another great advantage to this activity is they won’t get paint in the house!
So, this summer there is no need to fret about what to do with long, empty days, embrace the things around you and with a bit of imagination (and a little luck) you will have contented children all holiday!
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