And even though the summer holidays provide a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together, once you are a few weeks in it can be a completely different story.
Here are some handy ideas to help you get them out from in front of the TV, and doing something fun and crafty instead!
1. Something Yummy
You can’t go wrong with baking and I’m yet to find a child that doesn’t enjoy getting involved with cooking and especially cake baking!
If you are after something simple and no fuss, you could go with chocolate Rice Crispie cakes, but you can’t beat baking cupcakes from scratch and then letting your child decorate them. They are unlikely to look pretty, but your child will be immensely proud and get’s the added benefit of getting to eat something yummy as a reward for all of their hard work!
Baking with children recipes from the BBC.
2. Local Landmarks & Attractions
You don’t have to travel far to do this but taking advantage of what’s on your door step is a great way of both entertaining and educating the kids at the same time. Kids love ruins and castles, take a picnic with you – you can make a day trip of it.
If you’d prefer not to have to spend any money on entrance fee’s, which lets face it can soon mount up; look to your local library, museum or gallery. Many will have special events on for children and many also offer free entry, making them the ideal way to entertain your kids and give them a taste of culture at the same time.
3. Scavenger Hunt
This idea takes a little bit of planning, but can provide hours of fun for your kids. A scavenger hunt typically involves a list of things that they will need to find, in order to tick it off their list.
Suitable scavenger hunt items could be anything from finding any fallen leaf through to a twig from a certain tree or a petal from a specific flower. If it’s a rainy day, then simply create a list of household objects that they need to go and find instead, though an outdoors scavenger hunt is always much more fun.
If you don’t fancy creating your own list, then why not download the Crocky Trail woodland walk scavenger hunt here.
4. Set A Learning Challenge
Challenge your child to learn something new during the holidays. This usually works better for slightly older children of say 8+ but it does apply to younger children too. For example, you could challenge your 4 year old to learn to ride their bike without stabilisers, encouraging them to practice regularly. Your child might show an interest in languages, certain crafting techniques, creative writing.
5. Craft Project
Crafting is a great way of letting your kids be creative and means they can let their imaginations run free. When it comes to craft projects there are so many options, that you’ll need to start by narrowing it down a bit. What time of year is it? Thinking of something seasonal is a great way to help you come up with craft themes, from which you can develop more specific ideas.
Easter and Christmas provide obvious sources of crafting inspiration, but if there are no obvious events coming up, turn your thoughts to the seasons. Now for example, is a great time to be thinking about summer so you could get your little ones to create some summery paper bunting or paper chains. They are SO easy to do and the results are fantastic!
For lots more children’s craft ideas, check out Pinterest here.