Summer holidays are here and like most parents, I have been thinking hard about what activities can make this summer fun and exciting for my kids. Summer camps are not cheap and if you have got more than one child, you will be left with paying a big bill for the summer holidays. Instead, why not save money but still have good family time with the kids.
1.) Teddy Bear Picnic
One of the most exciting activities for kids to do this summer is organizing a teddy bear picnic. Gather all the teddy bears and have a picnic with them in your garden. Ideal for children in the age group of 3-6 years.
2.) Lego Afternoon
Is it raining? No problem. Keep the kids busy with lego. For complex lego structures, you have to do most of the construction, especially the small and intricate pieces and spending time with your kids in an enjoyable way as I am involved in ‘constructing’ something.
3.) Stone Painting
Stone painting is one of the most fun activities for kids of all ages to do in the summer. Make sure to wash the stones thoroughly before you start painting. Ask your kids to help you hunt for stones for painting. Get them involved in the process of washing them in the garden.
4.) Scribbling With Chalk
Use chalk to encourage your child to write letters and numbers. Buy a box of chalk and let them scribble on the ground or a sidewalk. Using chalk also improves their fine motor skills. I found the thick chalks very useful as they don’t break easily.
5.) Puppet Shows
Get your kids to create puppets and enact a story around the puppets for the family. Let them make their own story for the show. This would provide a perfect opportunity for all the members of the family to spend time together in a fun way.
6.) Visit the Library
If your child is young, there might be a storytelling session in your local library. A visit to the library is a great way to encourage children to read books. School holidays are the perfect time to visit libraries. This is one activity which we do every half term or end of term holidays.
7.) Sand Play
Does your child love to make sandcastles? No need to go to the beach for that. Buy some play sand online and let them create some sandcastles in the garden. If you have some free time, you can join them too!
8.) Cooking and Baking
Why not bake some cakes with your kids? Have fun baking and eating them. Get them to help you cook dinners every night instead of watching television or using devices. They can help in the kitchen and develop some cooking skills.
9. ) Journaling
Don’t give them ordinary journaling but something fun and exciting. This will encourage them to write during the holidays by writing their ‘secrets’. The best part is “no one” will be able to read it, not even you!
10.) Bracelet Making
Is your daughter is interested in making and wearing bracelets? Why not buy her a bracelet making kit?
11.) Fake Fishing
Fill a big plastic box with water. Put some leaves or stones in it. Put some fish from your child’s toy box. Hand them some sticks with a thread tied up at one end. Get your kids to make some paper boats that can float in the water. I had done this for my kids when they were smaller and they had fun for hours!
#12. Paddling Pools
Water activities are a great way to keep kids busy in the summer. If it is too hot what better way to cool off than with paddling pools? Let kids splash water at each other and cool off. If the pool is big enough parents can join in too.
13.) Water Fights
Get some water guns and have a friendly family water fight. We do these every year and they provide a lot of entertainment for the entire family.
14.) Finger Painting
Splash some paint on a palette and let your children paint with their fingers instead of a brush. Warning: This creates a massive mess but my little one love it!
15.) The Great Outdoors
Since it is summer, getting fresh air is important. Cycling, playing football in the local park, swings and slides are fun. Maybe you can have a picnic too while you are there (minus the teddy bears!)
16.) Musical Statues
On a rainy day, play musical statues with the kids. Switch on the music and dance. When the music stops, the last one to stop moving is out of the game. Continue until you have a winner. You will get exercise as well as teach some dance moves to your kids!
17.) Story Dens
Choose a corner in the house. Under the stairs or behind the sofa. Decorate it with old bedsheets and cushions. Stack some books and let this be your kids secret reading corner or a story den.
18.) Arts and Crafts
Get some origami paper or a craft box and do some craft with the kids. There are a lot of step-by-step YouTube videos available. For example, we made some ninja stars watching a YouTube video.
19.) Puzzles and Brain Teasers
Let your kids exercise their grey cells in the school holidays. Do some Jigsaw puzzles or some brain teasers. Let them develop their problems solving skills. Let them develop their problems solving skills. Isn’t this a better option than giving them than screen time?
20.) Nature Walks
Go on some nature walks with the family. Being surrounded by nature is very relaxing and also provides lots of exercises and fresh air. The best part is the kids will sleep soundly at night!
Hope you have a great summer! Good luck!