Saturday, 7 June 2014

Summer #Staycation number 3 - Things To Do With The Kids

Summer is nearly upon us and 6 weeks summer holiday is a long time to keep them entertained. We all know that Summer holidays away are expensive in the school breaks, thats why so many people avoid going away at this time.
So why not work your way down the list? make the most of the long days and short nights

Bake cookies for ice cream sandwiches.

Make a summer holiday scrap book, add pictures and drawing of things you do.

Have a beach party in the backyard.

Visit the beach and collect shells.

Make a fort/castle out of cardboard boxes.

Visit a farmer's market, buy some local produce, this leads to all sorts of other projects to do

Stage an A to Z scavenger hunt, where you have to find something that starts with every letter. 

Go fruit picking. You dont have to go to a farm. If your on a country walk look out for blackberries

Have a picnic at a park.

Make ice cream.

Build a sandcastle.

Forget cooking -- set up an ice cream sundae buffet for dinner.

Visit the local swing park.

Have a backyard campfire...or just use the grill! Roast hot dogs on sticks,burgers in buns and pop popcorn.

Make homemade pizza.

Create a frozen castle out of white sheets and blankets

Go for a walk and then make a collage from nature objects you find along the way.

Take bread to a park, lake or riverbank and feed the ducks.

Have a water balloon fight.

Practice your origami skills and make objects to hang from the ceiling.

Go biking on a trail

Plan a picnic at a local park -- or in your backyard.

Create salad spinner art: Place circles of paper inside a cheap salad spinner, dab tempera paints on top, cover and spin away.

Practice making interesting shadow puppets and then put on a show with your characters.

Plant a garden of herbs and veggies.

Make a pavement chalk mural.

Go ice blocking (sledding) in the grass with a towel-covered block of ice.

Have an outdoor painting party using huge canvases or cardboard.

Visit a fish hatchery.

Plant a butterfly garden with flowers.

Pretend to be pirates for a day -- dress up in costumes, plan a treasure hunt and talk like a pirate.

Make an indoor sandbox using colored rice: mix 4 cups of rice with 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of food coloring and let dry overnight.

Turn the garden into a carnival or fair-- set up a face painting area and games like ring toss.

Make totem poles out of paper towel rolls and decorate them.

Visit a museum you've never been to.

Visit local Castles

Make a giant hopscotch or Twister game on the lawn (with spray paint) or driveway (with chalk).

String beads or pasta into jewelery.

Make a bird house out of lollipop stick
Learn about stargazing and identify as many constellations as possible -- see if there are any local astronomy groups for kids.

Create leis with wildflowers.

Go fossil hunting near a lake.

Play some outdoor games, rounders, football

Make paper boats and race them in a kiddie pool using straws to propel them.

Play mini-golf -- or set up a course in your garden by laying different size containers on their sides.

Make your own colored sand and create sand art
Get a map of the Europe  and mark off all the exciting places you want to visit -- create the ultimate road trip.

Set up a net and play badminton and volleyball.

Visit an amusement park or water park.

Wade through a stream and search for minnows or tadpoles.

Go zip-lining.

Have a tricycle race at the park.

Investigate an ethnic grocery store and make lunch using interesting spices and kid-friendly international recipes.

Visit a fire station.

Take a train ride

Collect rocks and paint them to use as paperweights or pet rocks.

Go roller skating.

Visit a zoo or aquarium to learn about animals.

Run through the sprinklers or fountains

Blend your own smoothie.

Set up a bike wash and raise money for a local charity.

Let kids paint the sidewalk or patio with plain old water and sponge brushes. When their creation dries, they can begin again.

Bake cupcakes in ice cream cones and then decorate them.

Assemble a family cookbook with all your favorite recipes.

Go horseback riding.

Catch fireflies in a jar (and let them go at the end of the night).

Stage your own Summer Olympics with races, hurdles and relays.

Create a backyard circus -- kids can pretend to be animals and dress up as clowns.

Make Mexican paper flowers using different colored tissue paper.

Go to a flea market or car boot sale

Volunteer at an animal adoption organization.

Visit a retirement home and read stories to residents.

Attend an outdoor festival or concert.

Pick a nearby town to visit for the day.

Visit a cave.

Get a map of your area, mark off all the local parks -- then visit them, take pictures and vote for your favorite.

Take in a fireworks exhibit.

Make crafts with recyclable items like stickers using old photos, magazines and repositionable glue.

Make your own hard-to-pop bubbles with 1 cup of distilled water, 2 tablespoons of washing up liquid and 1 tablespoon of glycerin.

Paint canvas sneakers with fabric paint pens or acrylic paint.

Create three dimensional buildings using toothpicks and mini marshmallows.

Make bird feeders by covering pine cones with peanut butter and rolling in birdseed.

Paint with ice by freezing ice cube trays with washable tempera paint.

Have a fancy tea party.

Make a giant slip-n-slide with a painter's tarp and shaving cream.

Go camping in the backyard or at a campsite. Follow these tips for camping with kids.

Let kids paint each other with washable paint, then wash it off in the sprinklers.

Visit a national park

Set up a tent in the backyard to use as a summer playhouse.

Take a free kid's workshop at a local place of interest

Have a game night with charades, Pictionary and bingo.

Take a boring brown paper bag and have kids brainstorm creative things to do with it -- you'll be surprised at how many things you can come up with.

Have a 'Frozen Day' where you live and breathe frozen

Have a garden playdate with some friends and their children

Have a duvet day, get some junk food and a dvd and enjoy a lazy day

Go on a bus ride, then when you get to a bus stop, get off and ask the children which bus they want to get on next, then at another bus stop do the same thing. Where will you end up?

Go to the Zoo or safari park, see animals close up

Book into a budget hotel overnight, the kids think its a holiday

Take a walk in the country, talk about the things you can see or do

Look around locally for free events for the children

go and stay with some relatives overnight, even if its local - the kids will think its an adventure

Go to the cinema to catch a kids AM movie, its only a couple of quid each and you get to see a good movie

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