While it’s wonderful to have your little ones around during their summer holidays, the cries of ‘I’m bored’ that inevitably start only a few weeks in can get a little wearing… By thinking about and planning activities to have up your sleeve, you can keep them entertained without the stress of expense of last minute day trips. Keep in mind that not every last detail has to be arranged in advance - all you need is to have a couple of ideas and a bit of kit set aside at home to whip out when the time is right. Here’s a guide to get you started and help you enjoy some quality time with your kids this summer.
Grab Some Wheels
It’s a really simple pleasure, but there’s nothing quite so much fun as grabbing a bicycle or a scooter and setting off on a mini adventure. It’ll give your kids a real sense of freedom, even though you’re tagging along to keep an eye on them, as well as being great exercise… for them and for you! If you’re going for a family cycle, then make sure to map out a safe cycle route before you leave and to take plenty of water. You should also plan a stop off and potential turning back point in case little legs get tired. Riding a scooter is usually best kept relatively close to home, and away from any roads – they don’t have the same break strength as a bicycle. If you live in the country go for a little tour around some nearby lanes or around your village, if you’re in the suburbs or town try and head to a nearby park – that way they can explore and enjoy, but you’ll be reassured knowing they’ll be safe. Finally, always make sure you’re all properly kitted out with safe and regularly serviced equipment, always including helmets.
Trust Their Imagination
There are so many organised activities in a child’s life these days; they’re ferried from school to ballet and swimming lessons, so instead of adding another activity to their schedule, make getting outside a continuous option of their day if they’re bored and need something to do. Kids love to make up their own games with the things around them, so trust in their imagination and allow them to create their own fantasy universe out in the garden. If you don’t have your own outside space, head to the park and read a book while they play – an especially good option if they have a friend over, or want to meet up with one. We all want our kids to be safe of course, but allow them the space to roam – if we’re too overprotective our children will quickly adopt our anxiety. If your kids do prefer a little more structure and guidance, gardening is a great way to introduce an outdoor element to your kids’ lifestyle. It gives them the opportunity to help out, and even reach small obtainable goals such as moving a plant from a pot to the bed. You could also consider growing fruits or vegetables together – eating something you’ve grown yourself is a really rewarding experience, for you and your family.
How do you like to keep the kids entertained during the holidays?
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