It is nearing the end of the School Summer Holidays and many families will be feeling the pinch after lots of days out to keep the children entertained during the holiday period.
There are lots of free or frugal activities that you can do – with a little planning and a few everyday items you will have plenty to keep the little ones busy and having lots of fun. Here is a list of our favourite 10 ideas to get you started.
- Go on a picnic – you can go anywhere, grab a blanket and head out – to the garden, beach, park, you choose!
- Arrange a toy swap – most of our children have more toys than they need – why not host a toy swap? Each child brings a toy they are happy to swap for a new toy brought by another child – everyone goes home with a new toy to love!
- Camp out – Pitch a tent in the garden and have a mini camp, at home! No need to worry about facilities and you always have the option of retreating to the house if needs be!
- Make a toy ice block – fill an old ice cream container with water, add small plastic toys and pop in the freezer. Once frozen, children will have great fun attacking the ice block with toy hammers.
- Make mud pies – use old pots and pans, plastic containers and let the kids have great fun making mud pies. You will be amazed just how long this activity will keep them amused for!
- Make and fly a kite – why not have a competition to see who can design and then fly the best kite? They needn’t be anything fancy, grab some scraps of paper, felt tip pens, string, sticky tape and sticks and get creative.
- Press flowers and make a thoughtful card – collect some pretty flowers, press them between paper towels and heavy books until flat and dried. Then make a beautiful card for a loved one.
- Paint birdhouses – either renovate old birdhouses or buy cheap wooden birdhouses that the kids can paint and hang in your garden. Not only will they look great, it is a good way to encourage children to be interested in nature and wildlife. These would make a perfect gift also.
- Make water balloon piñatas – fill water balloons and suspend from a tree. Find a suitable pole to take it in turns to hit the balloons – who will get a soaking first?!
- Attract butterflies to the garden – make a butterfly feeder by finding a suitable spot in the garden for a deep plate – make a mixture of sugar and water at a ratio of 1:10 – simply heat until the sugar has dissolved and allow to cool. Place a sponge in the deep plate and saturate with the sugar mixture. Place slices of over ripe bananas around the sponge. Watch as butterflies start coming to feed! Why not also plant a mixture of annuals and perennials which will blossom into vibrant flowers attracting the prettiest of creatures to your garden.
Check out our Fun With The Children Pinterest board for lots of other ideas we like.