Apologies for those of whose kids have still got another week of term but mine finish school tomorrow so I thought it was probably time to start thinking about what on earth I'm going to do with them for the next 7 weeks!!! I'm aware that I probably should have put some thought into this a little bit before now but hey-ho better late than never I guess!!
So, if, like me you haven't really thought much about what you're going to do with the kids this summer, here's a few ideas:
I don't know about you guys but my kids love a picnic! I find it's one of the easiest activities to do in the summer hols! Just chuck some food in a cool bag, grab a picnic blanket, a football and a frisbee and find a nice park that has a kids play area to keep them occupied! One of my top tips with a picnic is to arrange to meet friends there too! The kids can then all play together and if you're lucky, you might even get 5 minutes to sit and have an actual conversation with another adult!!
2. Garden obstacle course
This activity is a bit of a favourite one in our house! All I do is lay out a few items around the garden and then set a course, e.g. crawl through the play tunnel, run zig zag through some cones, do 10 skips with a skipping rope, throw a ball into a hoop, kick a ball into the football goal, do 10 star jumps, 5 press-ups, etc. then time the kids around the course and see if they can beat their time each time they do it!
3. Arts & Crafts!
Love it or hate it, craft activities can be useful for keeping the kids occupied on a rainy day or just if you want to actually keep them sitting in one place for a short amount of time! Here's a round-up of some of my favourite sets that we have on offer at Happy Cat Kids:
I love all the RecycleMe craft sets - you get everything you need for all sorts of creations within the box, all you need to add are items of household recycling!
And if you don't fancy a whole craft activity, why not simply give your child a sketch pad and some pens and let their creative juices flow!! These party animal design sketch books have lovely hard back covers for easy drawing when out and about or in the car!
4. Water Play
Let's face it, kids just love getting wet! So many options to choose from taking them swimming to simply sticking the hose pipe on in the garden! One of my son's favourite activities when he was younger was taking his outdoor vehicles to the 'car wash'!! This involved a bowl of soapy water, a cloth and a hose pipe - and the bonus was that the toys actually got clean at the same time: win-win!! Running through the sprinkler is also a popular activity along with water-painting the fence! When my kids were younger they could while away loads of time with a pot of water and a paintbrush 'decorating' the fence!
5. Camping in the garden!
OK I know this one is not for everyone and after doing this for nearly a week in half-term, I'm pretty sure I said I would never do that again!! But the kids do absolutely love it! Stick the tent up in the garden, play some games, stay up late and toast some marshmallows on your BBQ!! If you're lucky enough to have older kids, you can let them do this by themselves! Just stick up the tent and let them get on with it whilst you get to sleep in the comfort of your own bed in the house!!
So I hope that's given you a few ideas, I'd love to hear yours. What are your kids fave summer summer activities?
If you're still looking for further inspiration for great toys that will keep the kids occupied this summer, here's a pic of some of my favourites:
Enjoy your summer!!