School’s out – 20 things to do with kids
The school summer holidays are nearly upon us, which means that parents up and down the country will have to work hard in order to fill six weeks with fun activities for their nippers. We have written a number of articles on how to keep your kids entertained, however, this concise and simple checklist of 20 things to do with your kids this summer, is our favourite.
These cracking ideas won’t break your bank account and they don’t involve sitting in front of a screen all day long. If you get to the end of the summer and have ticked all of these activities off then there is no doubt your kids will have had an amazing time!
So, without further adieu, here they are...
1. Build a den
This one works come rain or shine – gather some sticks and build a den outside, or get creative with the sofa cushions in the living room.
2. Go beachcombing
It’s amazing what you can find on the coasts of Britain – why not go hunting for shells, different coloured stones or even fossils.
3. Fly a kite
We’re bound to have some windy days this summer. Find a big hill, take advantage of the British weather and watch your kite soar in the sky.
4. Go on a wildlife walk
The British countryside is full of wildlife. Find a nearby local footpath or head to a country park or nature reserve to see what’s out there.
5. Take a photo a day
Taking a photo every day of an object or activity is great way to remember your kids’ school holidays – and something for them to show and tell when they go back to school.
6. Go pond-dipping
Water boatmen, tadpoles, pond skaters and pond snails can all be found in British ponds. Grab a net and head to your local pond, or find an activity session in your area.
7. Get on your bike
Watch the British countryside whizz by as you travel on two wheels. With hundreds of miles of national cycle paths all over the country, you’ve no excuse.
8. Go crabbing
Many rural seaside resorts, like Warbleswick in Suffolk, are renowned for their crabs. Grab a bucket and a lure and see how many you can catch! Remember they’re nippy little things so be sure to be careful, and return any you catch back to the water.
9. Take a swim
If you’re feeling brave (and you know it is safe to do so) then the school holidays are the perfect time to take a dip in the sea. Or, if you want to play it safe, then head to your local indoor pool or lido.
10. Tell a story
Encourage your kids to have a go at writing their own story on one of the rainy days (there’s bound to be a few) this summer. Or snuggle up and enjoy reading a good book together before bedtime.
11. Go camping
Tents, sleeping bags, gas stoves, the great outdoors and quality family time. What more could you want? And there’s always the back garden too…
12. Make a scrapbook
Help your children collect one small thing from all of their holiday adventures and put them all together in a scrap book during the last few days. Something to keep, and something to keep them distracted before it’s the dreaded back to school moment!
13. Play hide and seek
Whether you’re stuck indoors or are outside enjoying the sunshine, hide and seek is an oldie but a goody. Try and make sure your kids aren’t too good at hiding though – setting ‘boundaries’ of where they’re allowed to go is probably a good idea.
14. Paint a picture
Grab some paints, pens, pencils and a massive bit of paper and get creative! This one could get a bit messy though, so could be a good idea to cover the carpets and furniture…
15. Bake a cake
This one will definitely need parental supervision, but baking cakes together is always good fun!
16. Find your way
Again, another one that will probably need parental supervision, depending on the age of your kids. Get closer to nature with an Ordnance Survey map in your hand and find your way along a footpath you’ve never been on before.
17. Mess about on the river
Whether you rent out a boat, paddle a raft or go for a stroll on the riverbank, there’s plenty to see and do near some of Britain’s many rural rivers. Be careful you don’t fall in!
18. Go on a treasure hunt
This one might take a bit of forward planning, but the kids will love it. Hide a few treasures around your garden and devise a few clues for your children to decipher to find the prizes.
19. Find out more about what lives in your garden
It’s amazing what wildlife you can find in your own back garden. Grab a magnifying glass and see what you can find in the grass.
20. Get a good night’s sleep
After all these activities, if there’s one thing to do, it’s get a good night’s sleep – it’ll be all go again tomorrow. Sweet dreams everyone!
For more great ideas of things to do with the kids this summer, head over to the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ website – which is where we got some of our ideas from!
Please remember that with some of these activities, parental supervision is essential. If your kids are outside, make sure any cuts are covered with waterproof plasters, make sure hands are kept away from mouths, and make sure hands are washed when they come back in. Care must be taken with anything sharp – and try not to lose your little ones as they go on an adventure!
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