Summer? It's Child's Play
Summer’s finally here, the weather is behaving itself – mostly – and everyone seems more cheerful. What could be better? Well, if you have children, it’s likely that you’re familiar with summer boredom kicking in during the long school holidays. The usual side effects? Complaining, acting up, and hours watching television seeming a much more attractive option.
If this sounds familiar, here are some suggestions on how to break the TV habit and get your kids loving their summer break, that won’t break the bank:
Curate an art gallery at home It’s likely that your children will have done plenty of drawings, paintings and more that they were proud of during their school year. Get them to dig all of their favourite ones out, and dedicate a wall in the lounge to artfully display them all. You could even invite their friends to come round for an open evening!
Get back to nature Spend some quality time in the garden – kids love gardening and nature. Why not make a bird feeder together, to place around the garden, either by hanging or resting on a table? Simple bird feeders can be created using just pine cones, string, and some bird feeder – there plenty of advice online on how to make these, and attract birds to your garden to breed your own little bird-spotters.
Be creative in the kitchen Summer’s the perfect time for lazy afternoons in the garden or the local park. Have your kids help you make tasty summer treats for those long summer days – try fruit kebabs using bamboo skewers, with rainbow coloured fruit – strawberries, melon, pineapple, blueberries and grapes. Or make popsicles using fruit juice and chopped fruit and freeze for a few hours.
A watery shoot ‘em up If the weather gets really scorching, recruit children to freeze small toys or bits of Lego into ice cubes, and once ready, carefully dot them around the garden to set up a toy rescue mission – each toy can be rescued by a carefully-aimed water pistol.
Make a wish book Harness your kids’ grumblings of boredom over the holidays and help them create a wish book, of things they’d really like to do during their holidays. Spend a bit of time helping them come up with some realistic wishes that you know they’d like. Then transfer them onto separate pieces of card, hole punch the corners and tie together with a ribbon. And throughout the break, start to make their wishes come true!