Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography
Here’s a bunch of ideas to keep the little ones busy this summer…
- Get them to help make dinner (pizzas are fun), write a menu, make place cards, decorate paper plates etc.
- Paint flower pots and plant seeds in them. The kids could keep a weekly diary noting down how much their plants have grown (ruler skills!).
- Set up a “cinema” in the living room on rainy days - close the curtains, make some popcorn and drinks, bring the duvets in and watch a fun family film together.
- Have theme days!- Pirates: watch Peter Pan, make pirate hats, wear patches, etc - Fairies: make wings, wands and glittery tiaras, eat fairy bread (buttered bread with sprinkles) and watch Sleeping Beauty. - Insects: learn about bugs from library books, go bug hunting outside, watch Ants or A Bugs Life.(You get the idea!)
- Make collages of silly people with magazine cut-outs.
- Let them design their ideal house with a massive bit of card and a furniture catalogue.
- Get some huge cardboard boxes from an electric appliance store and let the kids paint them outside. They’ll probably have their own ideas but you could suggest houses, shops, spaceships, boats, etc.
- If they want a pretend shop, give them clean food packaging from the recycling bin to use as ”stock” . They could even make badges and uniforms too!
- Take balls, Frisbees, kites and stuff down to the park or the beach and have fun playing in the sun.
- Go for a picnic or put what they would’ve had for lunch in lunch boxes and get out of the house - even if it’s just to the garden.
- Visit museums with free entry
- Feed the ducks
- Spend an afternoon in the woods pretending to camp out. Take string and a penknife to help them build little huts with sticks or just pitch a tent. You could take a picnic or disposable barbeque and a few burgers.
- Bake some simple biscuits or cakes with them.
- Let them loose with pavement chalk!
- Do painting, drawing and colouring together - outside if possible.
- Give them cheap disposable cameras and go sight-seeing .
- Go to the local library and choose lots of fun books to take home. (Some for you too!)
- Make birthday and xmas cards to put by.
- Give them a bit of pocket change and teach them the art of charity shop shopping!