For busy parents, the summer holidays can be a challenging time to keep your children from being bored. So, how can you keep your kids from running riot? Here’s 10 fun activities the little ones occupied this summer…

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1. Have a stargazing camp out

Taking your kids camping is an easy mini adventure. Find somewhere away from the city lights, set up a tent and start a campfire. Fascinate your kids with the wonders of astronomy by looking up at the stars whilst toasting marshmallows on your campfire. 

 

2. Build a den

Every kid wants a fort in their back garden. Wind back the clock and show your kid the joys of building a den. This will not only keep them active and busy for hours, but will teach them some great life skills! It’s easy to do anywhere and can be built from basic household items. Materials such as garden furniture, cardboard boxes, bed sheets, blankets and tarpaulins all make great materials

3. Go on a biking trip

Family cycling is a perfect family activity. You get to spend quality time together while enjoying the fresh air and a bit of exercise too. Why not plan a route with some nice little stops. Perhaps a picnic spot on the beach, a nice cafe or a family friendly pub to stop at. If your looking to get your kids a bike you can find some really great second hand ones for a very reasonable price or even for free on places like Friday-Ad.

4) Get them trampolining

Jumping on a trampoline is something kids have loved for years – you can’t beat pure joy of bouncing in the fresh air. Not only does it provide hours of fun – but it’s a great workout too. Luckily for us, these days you can get trampolines for a very good price, especially if you buy second hand!

5. Make crafts and accessories using upcycled items

Got lots of wasted materials laying about the house? Transforming waste into something useful can be rewarding for both kids and adults, so why not try making some stuff created from upcycled materials. There are plenty of easy ideas to choose from. Here are lots of ideas for inspiration.

6. Try rollerblading

Give your kids some skates and watch the smiles roll by! Skating is a great skill for life for your child to learn and it’s a fantastic way to stay physically active too. Rather than buying a new pair, purchasing some second hand skates is a great cheaper alternative for your children to wear.

 

7. Visit a beach

A day at the beach is  one of life’s greatest pleasures and kids LOVE it. Remember the excitement when you were young? Playing in the waves and building sandcastles..Why not treat them to the same adventure and pack your day with plenty of seaside activities to keep them entertained for hours. For kids that are slightly older, why not try some watersports or even snorkeling.

8. Plant a garden of herbs or veggies

Why not get the kids to chip in with some gardening? Getting children help grow fruits and vegetables also teaches them where they come from and helps them to be more interested in trying the produce too – thus eating their greens! If you’re starting out yourself there are plenty of people supplying un used gardening tools to help you on your way and save you lots!

9. Set up a badminton or volleyball net

If you have the space in the garden, set up a badminton or volleyball net and watch your kids have endless matches of fun. Why not set up a mini tournament with their pals too – you’ll soon become the most popular household in the group! Instead of splashing out on brand new equipment, look out for second hand bargains.

 

10. Have a picnic party

A family picnic great opportunity for family bonding time and is a perfect way to spend time outdoors. Get the kids to help make  some creative recipes and encourage some healthy eating habits at the same time!

 

1. Host a stargazing camp out 

 

Taking your kids camping is an easy mini adventure. Find somewhere away from the city lights, set up a tent and start a campfire. Fascinate your kids with the wonders of astronomy by looking up at the stars whilst toasting marshmallows on your campfire.  

2. Build a ‘den’ 

 

Every kid wants a fort in their back garden. Wind back the clock and show your kid the joys of building a den. This will not only keep them active and busy for hours, but will teach them some great life skills! It’s easy to do anywhere and can be built from basic household items. Materials such as garden furniture, cardboard boxes, bed sheets, blankets and tarpaulins all make great materials

 

3. Go on a biking trip

 

Family cycling is a perfect family activity. You get to spend quality time together while enjoying the fresh air and a bit of exercise too. Why not plan a route with some nice little stops. Perhaps a picnic spot on the beach, a nice cafe or a family friendly pub to stop at. If your looking to get your kids a bike you can find some really great second hand ones for a very reasonable price or even for free on places like Friday-Ad.

 

4. Get them trampolining

 

Jumping on a trampoline is something kids have loved for years – you can’t beat pure joy of bouncing in the fresh air. Not only does it provide hours of fun – but it’s a great workout too. Luckily for us, these days you can get trampolines for a very good price, especially if you buy second hand!

5. Make crafts and accessories using upcycled items

 

Got lots of wasted materials laying about the house? Transforming waste into something useful can be rewarding for both kids and adults, so why not try making some stuff created from upcycled materials. There are plenty of easy ideas to choose from. Here are lots of ideas for inspiration.

 

6. Try rollerblading

 

Give your kids some skates and watch the smiles roll by! Skating is a great skill for life for your child to learn and it’s a fantastic way to stay physically active too. Rather than buying a new pair, purchasing some second hand skates is a great cheaper alternative for your children to wear.

 

7. Visit a beach

 

 A day at the beach is  one of life’s greatest pleasures and kids LOVE it. Remember the excitement when you were young? Playing in the waves and building sandcastles..Why not treat them to the same adventure and pack your day with plenty of seaside activities to keep them entertained for hours. For kids that are slightly older, why not try some watersports or even snorkelling

 8. Plant a garden of herbs or veggies

 

 Why not get the kids to chip in with some gardening? Getting children help grow fruits and vegetables also teaches them where they come from and helps them to be more interested in trying the produce too – thus eating their greens! If you’re starting out yourself there are plenty of people supplying un used gardening tools to help you on your way and save you lots!

9. Set up a net and play badminton or volleyball

 

If you have the space in the garden, set up a badminton or volleyball net and watch your kids have endless matches of fun. Why not set up a mini tournament with their pals too – you’ll soon become the most popular household in the group! Instead of splashing out on brand new equipment, look out for second hand bargains.

 

10.  Have a picnic party

 

A family picnic great opportunity for family bonding time and is a perfect way to spend time outdoors. Get the kids to help make  some creative recipes and encourage some healthy eating habits at the same time!

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