Ideas for keeping the kids entertained over the summer holiday
Six things to try over the next six weeks
The summer holiday is here and it’s time to get planning for six weeks of fun to keep your children entertained. We’ve all seen the Facebook posts about parents at the start of the holiday versus the end - whilst it may seem very exciting for all the family right now, it can get harder to think of things to do as the weeks go on.
1. Have a plan, there’s nothing worse than getting to each morning and worrying about how you are going to stop the kids from saying “I’m bored” every 10 minutes. Why not start the holiday by asking the children to share ideas of things they would like to do over the summer? You could create a check-list of ideas. If you use Avery Write & Wipe sheets then your child can cross everything off as they go along.
2. Create a boredom jar. At the start of the school holidays encourage each child to think of lots of ideas they can easily do around the home and when they say the words “I’m Bored” they have got to go and get a card out the jar and do what’s on that card e.g. Baking, get out the craft box, watch a film, play on the Wii, walk the dog etc.
3. Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Whilst it’s not always the most reliable it does give you some idea of which days will be better than others. Plan all your outdoor activities for the dry days and save movie afternoons and crafty sessions for those rainy days. However, rainy days outside can be fun…stick on your wellies and head to find some puddles to jump in. The kids will love it!
4. Try and meet up with friends. Giving your children the opportunity to play with other kids, frees up your time for some adult conversation.
5. Create a binder of all the things you have done together so you have lots of memories to look back on. This could include tickets from days out, brochures from tourist attractions and photos. It also helps you remember the special moments when your house feels like it’s upside down and the children have spent the last few hours arguing.
6. It may feel like a lifetime right now but soon it will be over so enjoy and savor every single moment. Before we know it, we’ll be thinking about new school shoes and naming uniforms wondering where the time has gone.