Monday, July 7, 2014

Activities to Keep the Kids Entertained this Summer (Guest Post)

School is officially out for summer, but what do you have planned for the little ones? Entertaining your kids can be tricky at the best of times, but when the school holidays arrive, many of us struggle to find something unique and fun for the kids to do on those days where you’re not heading to the beach or visiting the zoo. Below are some fabulous ideas to help you entertain the children this summer:

Teach them how to craft

You’ll be amazed at how much fun your children can have with a little paper, card, glue and glitter. Give them a variety of materials from, along with a list of craft ideas, and get them to choose what they’d most like to create. Some ideas include beading, stickers, cross stitching, making hand puppets and tracing shapes.

Create a scavenger hunt 

Come up with a list of fun items or small prizes for your kids to find and place them around the house or the garden. Ideas could include a ball, a straw, a teddy bear, a penny or a lollipop. Alternatively, get them to look for specific types of plants, flowers or bugs and tick off the list when they have found them. You could also have them take a camera along to capture each item.

Get them in the kitchen

Baking can really brighten up a rainy day so get the kids busy in the kitchen making their own yummy treats. According to Great British Chefs, research has found that getting children involved with meals and cooking can also help to improve their reading and maths skills, reduces fussy eating habits and increases their self confidence. Cupcakes and cookies are super easy to make and you can all have your own afternoon tea afterwards! Allow the children to help you measure and mix the ingredients, supervise when you place them in the oven, and encourage them to decorate as they wish.

Stage a play

Encourage the kids to stage a play at home. Give them a script to follow or let them write their own and come up with a story. They can spend the morning making their own costumes and props and the afternoon rehearsing and delivering their performance to you and the family!

Go on a bike ride

A family bike ride brings hours of fun and it’s a great way to encourage your children to spend time outdoors and exercise. According to UK based charity, Sustrans, cycling helps your child get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day, which one third of children don't currently achieve. Choose a route where you can stop off for a picnic and make a day of it.

Fly a kite

Kites have been entertaining kids for centuries and today they still remain popular around the world. If it’s a windy day, take the kids down to the local park and teach them how to fly a kite. Don't want to buy one? Have the kids make and decorate their own!

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