Ideas for the Summer Holidays
It’s that time of year when little kids and big kids alike will begin the countdown to the start of the school summer holidays. With July just around the corner, it’s probably time to start planning, so we’ve pulled together some of our favourite ideas for keeping the children entertained over the long break.
Set some crafty projects to keep their creative juices flowing over the summer. Children love to get messy, and while the weather is good, take advantage of outside space and fresh air with crafting in the garden. We recommend keeping a stash of the essentials including paints, pens and pencils, paper, card, glue and glitter to get them started. Also be sure to save some household items which can be great for making art – hang on to cardboard boxes, jars, magazines and even old clothes. Be inspired by some super ideas from Martha Stewart including the Clothespin Pinwheels, Paper Plate Animal Masks and Bubble Wands!
Out and About
Be sure to make the most of dry days and enjoy the great outdoors as much as possible this summer. Children will enjoy exploring new places and getting close to nature, especially whilst the sun is shining bright. (Don’t forget the sun cream!) We love this activity list from the National Trust which shows you ‘Fifty things to do before you reach 11 ¾’, a great one to tick off with youngsters over the holiday. For an exciting day trip idea, why not challenge yourself to escape the grassy walls of a ‘Maize Maze’ near you – fun for all the family!
Cooking with the Kids
Another great activity that can be enjoyed by everyone is cooking. Round up your children or grandchildren in the kitchen and work together to create a feast for the family! Whether it’s preparing for a BBQ, packing up a picnic or launching your own home bake off, involve the children with cooking as much as possible. There are some great simple recipes to try on the BBC Good Food website, like these ‘Holiday Pizzas’, perfect for a quick dinner after a day out. Non-cook recipes are ideal for kids who want to be more independent in the kitchen. For a tasty snack how about ‘Fruity Fridge Flapjacks’ from River Cottage, or some fruity faced pancakes for breakfast!
When the weather does heat up, it’s important to make sure that little ones are staying cool and hydrated. Make fun and healthy alternatives for ice cream with ‘Coconut Water Ice Pops’ or ‘Strawberry Ice Lollies’ made with yoghurt. These are great for keeping in the freezer and will last through the summer.
Easy and quick to grow, sunflowers are the perfect plants for getting the kids to lend a hand in the garden. How about holding your own sunflower competition to see whose can grow the tallest over the school holidays? This handy guide from the RHS gives some top tips for growing sunflowers if you’d like to get a head start! Sticking with the green fingers theme, we love these ‘Crackin’ Cress Heads’ which are so easy to make. Children will enjoy taking responsibility for their eggshells with living cress hair, and you’ll also have a nice tasty treat for adding to salads and sandwiches.
We hope we’ve inspired you with some new ideas for entertaining the children over the school holidays. Whether you’re keeping busy in the garden, kitchen or out and about this summer, have lots of fun, and be sure to factor in some rest and relaxation days too!