We’ve all experienced that feeling when it’s only halfway through the summer holidays and the kids are telling you they’re bored, but the trip to the beach had to be cancelled because of bad weather. It’s not fun, which is why we’ve compiled a list of great, easy things to do with your children this summer. There’s something to suit all budgets, so hopefully you’ll find something your family haven’t tried yet.
1 – Cook something
Particularly great for channeling messy kids’ energy in a constructive way, baking cupcakes or getting them to give you a hand with dinner prep will be easy to clear up in the kitchen. Obviously keeping little hands away from hot and sharp implements, cooking can also be a great way for children to learn about healthy eating, or where food comes from. Just make sure everyone’s wearing aprons and old clothes!
2 – Go outdoors
Camping may not be for every family, but make sure that you embrace the outdoors in some capacity over summer. Kids have been cooped up in classrooms for the best part of the year, so the break should be an opportunity for them to let off steam and get outside. From afternoons in your local park to cycling adventures and water-sports lessons, there are options to suit every budget and disposition. It’s easy for children to spend too long looking at screens without us even realising, so make sure to leave tablets and games consoles at home.
3 – Games night
Investing in a good board game or two at the beginning of summer may turn out to be your saving grace on those rainy August days. Make sure to take your children with you so they can choose games that most appeal to them, and then get the whole family involved. Making it a weekly fixture and creating a scoreboard to find the overall champion of the summer can be a great way to keep everyone engaged over longer periods of time, especially in more competitive households.
4 – Learn something new, together
The summer shouldn’t be about lessons and classrooms in the same way term time is, so
six hours of private tutoring a day probably isn’t the way to go. However, learning a new skill with your children, whether it’s origami from a YouTube tutorial or rock climbing lessons at your local wall, can be a fun way to keep them engaged in the learning process while having fun.
5 – Develop their interests
Similarly, make sure you’re engaging with their individual interests, rather than just doing generic activities. This can be a bit trickier if you have multiple kids to think about, but try to incorporate personal elements when you can. Depending on the age and disposition of your kids, you could even assign each child a day on which you’ll all do their activity. Again, keep it light. If they’re into science, have a look online for some fun and easy experiments you could try at home. Set up portrait-drawing competitions if you’ve got a budding artist on your hands. Keep an Eye out for professional tournaments you could go and watch if your child is more sports-focused, or enter them into a kid’s competition or summer course.
6 – Chores
Now, we know what you’re thinking, but setting out a list of chores that need doing over the summer and assigning a certain treat or amount of pocket money to each one can be a great way to keep the kids busy and happy. Rather than telling them what to do when, let them pick the job they most want to do at any given time and you’ll probably get fewer tantrums. The incentives will encourage the kids to do it and give them an extra sense of achievement once they’ve finished. Plus, you’ll have some of your jobs ticked off!
7 – Make something
Even the most active kids will sit down long enough to play with some clay, or decorate a t-shirt. From tie-dye to felt tips, arts and crafts can be a good way to make sure children don’t overdo it — the summer is meant to be a time to rest after all! To keep them focused, consider setting them a challenge to make something specific (e.g. a finger painting of your dog, or a t-shirt with 6 different colours in it). Just make sure you protect the furniture properly before you set them to it!
Have we missed any activities that you love to do with your kids every summer? Be sure to let us know, either in the comments or by sending us a message on one of our social media channels. We’d love to hear about your experiences trying some of the above, too!