With the summer months rolling in and the school holidays upon us, it’s unfortunately not affordable or practical for most parents to take the kids out on a day trip every single day, although that would be great fun! Luckily, there are a number of things you can do in and around your own home and garden to keep the kids occupied, and parents can join in on the fun too!
Build a fort
Building a fort is a fun activity which can be done inside or outside and if the rain comes on and you need to play indoors, one of the best (and cheapest) ways to build a fort is to build it out of cardboard boxes. You can hold the boxes together with tape and decorate them however you like. Try using paints, glitter glue and even scraps of leftover fabric you might have lying around the house. Why not try constructing a pirate ship or a castle to spark their imagination? It’s a great exercise in creativity, and team work too!
A picnic in the garden
For a fun afternoon that’s relatively cost free, why not pack a picnic and enjoy it in the garden? Cut some sandwiches into quarters, and pack healthy snacks like fruit and chopped up vegetables. It’s a great way to get the kids out in the fresh air and enjoying the outdoors. You could even come up with some outdoor games to make your picnic more fun. Before you lay out your picnic blanket, be sure to choose a spot that’s not directly in the sun to avoid getting sunburned, you may want to consider buying one of the many garden parasols on the market to keep the sun off your child’s face when outside. Of course, always apply sunscreen for extra protection.
Create an obstacle course
If you are keen to get the kids active, you could set up an obstacle course around the garden using things you will already have lying around at home. Upturned plastic bowls can be used as makeshift go around, hula hoops can be used to lay a great path for jumping through, and string can be tied between trees to ensure they have to clamber their way out of the course on completion. You could even try setting out certain obstacles to be carried out on a road bike or scooter. Try incorporating things like a hop scotch route mapped out with household chalk; the rain will wash it away so there will be minimal mess afterwards.
If you have a really small garden, why not try taking board games or puzzles outside? This way you get the best of being outdoors without needing lots of space to run around in. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be creative, even just a few hours outside with a colouring book and crayons! This is also a great time to try out messy activities like painting, because there are no walls, carpets or furniture to accidentally spill on!