During the school holidays, it can be difficult to keep the children entertained, especially with so many days to fill up.
Hearing your child proclaim their boredom every five minutes can be extremely irritating. Children who are bored and agitated are not the most fun people to be around – they will argue, moan and make more mess than usual.
To help you keep the children entertained throughout the school holidays, we have put together a handy school holiday activity guide below:
Ideas for nice weather
Go for a bike ride
If the weather is nice, don’t spend the day cooped up indoors, get out and enjoy it. An excellent way to enjoy the warmer weather as a family is to go on a bike ride.
Sit down and plan a suitable route together. If you have young children, it might be a good idea to avoid any busy roads. Instead, plan a route that takes you all through the local parks or woodland areas.
Have a teddy bears picnic
If the sun is out why not hold your very own teddy bears picnic – younger children will love this idea. Pack a picnic blanket, lots of yummy food and, of course, some teddy bears and head down to your local park, lake or nature reserve.
To make your picnic more exciting, you could also invite along some of your little ones friends and their teddy bears too. Make sure to take a ball along as well as some other outdoor toys.
Hold your own sports day
The school holidays are perfect for holding your very own family sports day. Transform your garden into a sports day venue and invite along a few friends and family members to take part.
If both younger and older children will be coming along, make sure to set up different events for different age groups. For younger children, an egg and spoon race and a mini obstacle race are popular choices. For older children popular sports day choices include things like running races, hurdles and obstacle courses. You could even create a few events for the adults too.
Visit the beach
The beach is the perfect place for spending a gorgeous summer’s afternoon. Pack up the beach towels, buckets and spades and a picnic and head down to your local beach.
If you don’t live near a beach, plan a day trip instead. Get up early, pack the car and drive until your reach your nearest beach. Spending time playing in the sand and splashing in the sea is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained. Best of all, it’s free.
Go for a nature walk
If the weather isn’t as warm as you would like, put on your wellies and head down to your local nature reserve. Take a bag with you and encourage the little ones to collect as many nature objects as possible – things like acorns, leaves and flowers are all great. Once you get home, you can either turn them into a pretty college or create your own nature display.
Kids love adventures, so make sure to turn your walk into an adventure. Ask your children to point out all the different things that they see, the one who finds the most wins. Make it fun, and your kids will learn to appreciate the beauty of nature.
Ideas for rainy days
Baking is an excellent way to keep the children entertained on a rainy day. Making cakes and biscuits always goes down well with little ones – the recipes are easy to follow and don’t take too long. Plus, once their cakes or cookies are baked, then they get to ice them – another activity that will keep them entertained.
As well as baking cakes, pizza making is a popular choice for children of all ages. It’s fun, easy to do, and everyone can get involved. Let each child pick the type of base they want to make – deep pan or thin and crispy, as well as three of their favourite toppings.
Play computer games
Whilst you may not usually let your children spend the entire day playing games on their phones or computers, a rainy day is the perfect time for a computer game marathon.
You can even have a go yourself and help get your children to a higher level. If you find that the kids get stuck, show them how to use the internet to help them. For instance, if your children are pet saga mad, go online and find videos to get through levels 721 through 780 or whatever levels they are stuck on.
Hold an indoor treasure hunt
Children love treasure hunts. Houses make just as good treasure hunt locations as gardens do – especially with all their nooks and crannies and hidey holes.
Make each child their own set of clues, with each clue leading to the next one, and then eventually to the treasure. Whichever child finds the treasure first is the winner.
The treasure could be some chocolate coins, a small toy or perhaps a new movie. A new movie is a good choice because both children, not just the winner can enjoy it.
Make play dough
Making homemade play dough is quick and simple to do, and best of all, it can keep the kids occupied for hours. To jazz your play dough up, why not add your child’s favourite colour food colouring to it and perhaps some glitter too. For a chemical-free play dough recipe have a look online.
Have an arts and crafts afternoon
Get all your children’s arts and crafts materials out and spend the afternoon getting creative. Creating collages or painting pictures are always popular activities with younger children.
Alternatively, if your kids love music, why not suggest making your own musical instruments? An old tissue box covered with elastic bands would make an excellent guitar, whilst an old milk bottle filled with dried rice would make an excellent sound shaker.
Play a big game of hide and seek
Hide and seek is a great way of keeping the children entertained for a while at least – the more children you have, the longer the game will go on for.