Posted on: 28 July 2021
There are still a few weeks left of the summer holidays, so if you’ve run out of ideas to keep the kids entertained, read on for 10 more easy, low-cost activities.
1. Make a splash
In hot weather, fun with water is top of the priority list, whether that’s a paddling pool, going swimming, or a trip to the water park. If you’ll be outside, make sure you protect kids’ skin with sunscreen, and a loose long-sleeved t-shirt and hat if possible. And remember to look after yourself – it’s easy to get dehydrated running around after little ones!
2. More water ideas
Water bombs are cheap to make and can provide hours of fun playing outside. If you’re feeling brave, hand out water pistols and declare a full-on water war!
3. Fun with fruit
There are so many recipes for delicious fruit snacks. These rainbow fruit kebabs look stunning and chefs of all ages can get involved.
It’s surprisingly easy to make your own frozen treats. Kids can choose their favourite flavours to include, and it’s healthier than the shop-bought options. Get started with these simple recipes for sunshine or watermelon lollies.
This probably doesn’t count as a fun activity, but it’s essential for avoiding tired and grumpy kids. Bedtime is always difficult, especially when younger kids will be going to bed in daylight when it’s still hot out. If you can, close the curtains during the day, open doors to keep air circulating, and maybe give kids a cool bath before bedtime. Let them make a bed on the floor if it’s really hot – it’s the coolest place in the room and there’s novelty value in making their own ‘nest’.
5. Explore the outdoors
Head to your local green space and make the most of the great outdoors. Have a picnic, collect insects, spot butterflies, make daisy chains, climb trees, build a den… There’s a million ways to enjoy yourself and most of them won’t cost you a penny.
6. Chalk it up
Let kids use chalk to draw on pavements or exterior walls. It comes in loads of colours these days and will wash off the next time it rains. If they get tired of drawing pictures, you can mark out a game like hopscotch or Twister and get stuck in!
7. Go to the beach
If the sun is shining, why not head to the coast and enjoy a traditional day out at the seaside? Kids will love running around, playing in the sand, and paddling in the sea. Save money by bringing a packed lunch and your own beach toys. You can pick the latter up cheaply at pound shops and supermarkets.
The right jigsaw can keep kids absorbed for hours, giving you some much needed quiet time. Look out for jigsaws which feature things they’re interested in, like animals or cartoon characters.
9. Board games
If rain stops play, board games are a great source of fun for all the family. Check the age rating on games, and factor in things like each family member’s attention span and their level of interest in the theme or premise of the game.
10. Dressing up
Let the kids get creative making their own costumes. Will they be a pirate? A wizard? A superhero? The only limit is their imagination. You can head to the charity shop or use items from around the house.
We hope you and your children enjoy making happy memories together this summer. Check out more ideas for summer holiday fun here.