While it’s wonderful to have your little ones around during their summer holidays, the cries of ‘I’m bored’ can get a little wearing… so be prepared and plan some activities that you and your kids can enjoy together to make the very most of their, and your, time off. You might be thinking that these activities have to be extravagant trips out or that every last detail has to be arranged in advance, but in reality all you need is to have a couple of ideas and a bit of kit set aside at home to whip out when the time is right. Here’s a guide to get you started and help you enjoy some quality time with your kids this summer.
Grab Some Wheels
It’s a really simple pleasure, but there’s nothing quite so much fun as grabbing a bicycle, a scooter, or a skateboard and setting off on a mini adventure. It’ll give your kids a real sense of freedom, even though you’re tagging along, as well as being great exercise… for them and for you! If you’re going for a family cycle, then make sure to map out a safe cycle route before you leave and to take plenty of water. You should also plan a stop off and potential turning back point in case little legs get tired of pedaling.
Skateboarding or riding a scooter is best kept relatively close to home, and away from any roads. If you live in the country go for a little tour around some nearby country lanes or around your village, if you’re in the suburbs or town try and head to a nearby park – that way they can explore and enjoy, but you’ll be reassured knowing they’ll be safe. Finally, always make sure you’re all properly kitted out with safe and regularly serviced equipment, always including helmets.
The British weather can be unpredictable, so no matter how well you plan your days there’s bound to be unexpected rain, or surprise sunshine. If you wake up one morning to glorious sun and haven’t got an outdoor activity planned, why not grab the kids’ craft box and set up outside?
It might be a traditionally rainy-day activity, but there’s nothing more fun that getting crafty in the sunshine on a gorgeous summer day – with the added bonus that your little ones can get as messy as they like without decorating your furniture! Let them have free reign over projects like collages, paper mache, or even body painting (where they use different body parts to create art on large pieces of paper) – you can always hose them down before they come inside! You can be on hand to help, or get as involved as you like – the choice is yours.
What are your favourite activities to keep the kids entertained this summer?
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