With the summer holidays in full swing check out these brilliant ideas for having summer fun with the kids that don’t cost the earth but yet will keep them occupied for hours! Roo and I have already put a list of ingredients together to make smoothies on Friday as the sun looks set to shine.
Summer is likely your family’s favourite time of the year, and who can blame them? With more sunshine than usual and lots of free time, the potential for fun family activities is definitely present. But what can you do with the kids that is inexpensive, easy to pull off and entertaining for them? From water balloon fights to making personalised greeting cards, here are several ideas that fit all the requirements.
Turn your garden into a water park
If you are looking for a way to beat the heat but don’t have the time or money to drive your family to the nearest water park, you can still have an aquatic adventure on your own property. Tell the kids to change into their bathing suits, and jump into the family pool. Or, if you don’t have an inflatable swimming pool, simply turn on the sprinkler or the garden hose. Add in water balloons and water guns to make it competitive — and even more fun
In the peak of the season, it’s too hot to go outside, even if you’re planning to make a big splash. Instead, head for a cool shaded area where you can help the kids tap into their inner artists with personalised birthday cards or notes to their friends. This will give them an excellent excuse to go visit some of the classmates that they’ll miss while school’s out for summer break. All you need is a little craft paper, markers, scissors, glue, ribbon and glitter — or a computer
Create a family book club
You may be thinking, “Who wants to read during the summer break?” But your kids will love devouring page after page, if they have a good book. This idea works best if you participate in the fun, also. Instead of giving them books on their school’s reading list, encourage them to find books of their own to dive into. Even if it’s a popular series such as Harry Potter or Twilight, they will be exercising their minds instead of losing all of that vocabulary and grammar that they’ve learned over the previous school year. Make sure you set book club dates so that everyone can talk about what they are reading and what they have learned from it.
Become master chefs
Don’t slave over a hot stove in the midst of summer; instead, pick up a recipe book full of cool summer treats such as smoothies, frozen fruit popsicles, and refrigerated puddings. These kinds of recipes are usually easy to follow and don’t require dangerous cooking tools such as knives or the stove, which means that your kids can even whip up a batch when you’re too busy to cook. Not to mention, they’re delicious and nutritious.
But the fun doesn’t end there.
There are plenty of other summer activities for your family to partake in. Tap the kids for more ideas, and you’ll never be bored this season and mum’s you might even get to put your feet up!
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