The summer holidays are a fantastic time to spend some quality time with your children but it can also be stressful if they get bored easily and you’re constantly thinking on your feet for activities that they can do.
If you discuss with them in advance some fun creative activities then they will feel part of the planning process and look forward to them even more.
Get them to keep a summer journal or blog – buy a nice notebook that they can write in, draw pictures and stick any mementos. It will be a lovely memory book for them in the future.
Assemble an assault course in the back garden. Old pieces of wood, boxes, buckets, garden chairs — anything that can be jumped over, under or around. Tell the children to time each other around the assault course. The course can be completed on a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, or simply by running, skipping or jumping.
Go on a treasure hunt by making a treasure map with clues to find some treasure you have hidden somewhere in the garden. It doesn’t have to be expensive or big — any little treat will be exciting when it is found outdoors.
Get them to form their own band – they can make up lyrics to sing and use a recorder and a pot and pan as percussion! They can even put on a little performance for you later that night which is sure to make everyone smile (or maybe wince!).
Make a collage. Collect all of your old magazines and help your kids choose an image that they would like to make a collage of and draw it out onto paper. They can tear bits of coloured paper from the magazines and stick it on, slowly but surely creating their own masterpiece. This will keep them occupied for hours!