Summer Activities at Home and Outdoors for You and the Kids
Summer always comes around so fast and before you know it the kids are off school for 6 weeks and you need to find things to amuse them with. It may not be possible to go anywhere you want in the world this year due to Covid, but you can still plan lots of fun activities for them.
To help you out we have come up with a variety of summer activities for them, both outdoors and at home.
Have a picnic
There is nothing nicer, and simpler than making some sandwiches and snacks and taking a blanket out to the beach or the park for a picnic. It’s such a fun and easy activity to do with the kids and gives them an opportunity to run around and blow off some excess energy.
If it starts to rain you can lay the blanket out in your lounge and have an indoor picnic instead.
Join your local library’s summer programme
Most libraries often hold summer reading events where kids need to read a certain number of books to get a certificate. If you haven’t already, enrol your children with the library, it’s a great way to get them into reading and help them escape to many fun and exciting worlds.
Encouraging your kids to read is important to help improve their vocabulary and comprehension. It is also a great way to get the kids to be quiet for a while so you can get some time back whilst they are reading. This is especially great on a rainy day.
Plan a day trip
Now that most places are open again, it’s the perfect time to catch up on those day trips you wanted to plan. Talk to your kids about where they would like to go or what they would like to see. Do they love animals? Then the zoo would be perfect for your little monkeys. Perhaps they’re really into dinosaurs? In that case, a trip to a museum will help feed their Jurassic interest.
Whatever they are into, see if you can find activities that grow that interest/love with a fun day out.
Have an arts and craft day
In true British weather style, there will be days when it is raining, so any outdoor activities are postponed. On these days get the arts and crafts materials out for them to use. You could set a theme for them to work with or simply let their creative minds run wild.
On a hot, summer day there is nothing better when you’re a kid than having a water fight. So, fill up the water balloons and pistols and let them go mad in the garden. If you don’t want to get wet, we recommend you retreat inside quickly!
Have a mini bake off
You have probably seen the Great British Bake Off on TV. If you haven’t, it is a show where contestants compete to become star baker by baking a variety of breads, cakes, pastries etc.
Baking is great to do with the kids anyway as you get to eat your lovely treats once it is done! Make baking even more fun by hosting your own mini bake off with your kids to see who can bake the most creative cupcakes, cookies or other indulgent goodies. Buy a little trophy or gift as the prize.
Go for a family bike ride
Summer is the perfect time to grab the bikes out the shed and go explore with the kids. A family bike ride is a great time for bonding as well as getting them to do some exercise and stay healthy. Maybe even incorporate a picnic to give them something to look forward to at the end of the ride.
Hold a movie day/night
This is another great rainy-day activity. Let your kids take turns in choosing a film or two to watch. Just make sure their favourite snacks and drinks are stocked up.
If you want some quality time with your kids away from technology and video games, then a camping trip is the perfect solution. Whether it is in a camp site, the forest or even in your back garden this is a great summer activity. Grab your tent, sleeping bag and torch, build up a campfire to toast marshmallows and you are all set!
Warm, summer days are a great excuse to get out of the house and explore new places and we love taking the kids out somewhere new. They may have little legs, but as you know, they can often walk (or run) pretty fast. This means that even looking away for a few seconds can make the difference between them standing next to you and them wandering off.
If you are concerned about your kids doing this, we have the perfect little peace of mind accessory for you, ID wristbands. These look like simple rubber bracelets, which come in a variety of colours (so your kids can choose their favourite). They can even choose a fun logo for it from boats to dinosaurs to princesses for your own little princess. However, what makes them special is that you can personalise them. You can include your name and phone number or any medical condition information. This means if they become lost, they or a grown up can call you.
Alternatively, if your kids have a tendency of leaving their hat/bag/shoes behind have you thought about labelling them?
We offer a wide variety of fun, bright and brilliant name labels to ensure all their belongings are named in case they get lost or mislaid. From tops and trousers to bags and stationery we have labels to name them all.