Ten ideas for summer fun with the kids
1. Fun for nature-lovers
The Woodland Trust has a great set of resources for nature-themed activities.
- Ladybird potato prints
- Butterfly symmetry art
- Make a bug hotel or bird feeder
- Flower pressing
- Butterfly bingo
- Making mud pies
- Make twig wind chimes
- Go on a scavenger hunt
2. Make a den
Give the kids some spare sheets or blankets and let them make a den in the garden. If you don’t have access to outdoor space, you could make a pillow fort and camp out indoors.
3. Searching for treasure
Treasure hunts are not just for Easter. Hide clues around the garden or house leading to little treats for them to find.
4. Make your own water park
One for sunny days - let the kids splash around with the hose or a water sprinkler. If you’re feeling brave, make a stock of water balloons and join in the fun.
5. Try gardening
Kids will enjoy helping out in the garden or planting things of their own. Indoor gardeners can try growing cress on the windowsills or herbs, like basil for example.
6. Creative cooking
Kids love a chance to get creative in the kitchen, so why not bake a batch of biscuits together and decorate with icing? Making your own pizzas and creating silly faces with the toppings is also fun.
7. Get crafty
Channel your inner Blue Peter presenter and get crafty with junk modelling. Challenge your kids to make robots, rocket ships or puppets out of things they find in the recycling box.
8. Outdoor ideas
The National Trust’s list of ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ has lots of great ideas for enjoying the great outdoors.
- Have a snail race
- Play pooh sticks
- Climb a big hill
- Make a hedgehog house
- Watch the sunrise
- Swim in the sea
9. Movie night
Choose a film that everyone will enjoy and cosy up for a big night in. For the full cinema experience, try these tips for making the perfect popcorn in a pan.
10. Playground games
Get the whole family involved in playing classic children’s games like tag, 40:40 and hopscotch. It’s a great way for them to burn off energy, as well as being lots of fun.
We hope you and your children enjoy these ideas. Keep your eyes peeled for more tips later in the summer!