School's Out for Summer - Let the Fun Begin!
Whatever the weather the summer holidays are a great time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and fun activities!
And, whilst we agree that these are even better if it is warm and sunny, some of our favourites can still be enjoyed when the good old British summer weather drops a drizzle or two!
So, we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you…
Back Garden Battles
No matter how big or small your garden is why not get some friends together and organise a back-garden battle full of traditional sports. We’re thinking a hula hoop competition, bean bag race, sack race, egg and spoon and any other favourite that you enjoyed at school. And remember, parents and grownups can have their own competition too, which definitely helps keep the children entertained!
Little ones (well, and older ones too!) love to paddle and play in the sand so why not bring the beach to your back garden. Sandpits can be relatively expensive so lay a large pond liner or tarpaulin on the grass and fill with play sand leaving plenty of space around the edge so the sand is contained. Include a paddling pool and, with lots of grown up supervision, the two main ingredients are prepared. Pack up a picnic, make up fruity ‘mocktails’ and make sure the freezer is loaded with ice creams and lollies. Simply perfect!
Great with just you and your children or invite friends round too, an arty party unlocks the creative side in you all. Stock up on jumbo pavement chalks (for masterpieces and hop scotch!) and large sheets of paper and paints. Outside is perfect for potato painting or hand and feet painting – just make sure you have a bucket of water and old towel handy before they venture back inside!
There is so much to explore on our doorsteps that we simply overlook it sometimes. Lots of National Trust properties, Forestry Commission sites and stately homes have a packed summer schedule to keep kids and adults entertained. Check out the websites of your nearest place to discover what’s on and to find out if you need to book in advance or not in order to avoid any disappointment.
All that remains is for us to wish you a very happy and enjoyable summer holiday where entertaining the children doesn’t have to cost a fortune and can be so much fun for all the family.