There’s still a couple of weeks of the school holidays to go, so here are some ideas for entertaining your little ones on their days off, including free events, rainy-day activities and inspiration for learning while they play. Plus, you could win a My Fairy Light Garden in my giveaway so read on to enter the competition below..!
IN THE GARDEN
When the weather is as lovely as it has been this summer, the garden is the source of many money-saving activities to entertain the kids. Remember how much fun you had as a kid just by spraying a hose pipe around on hot days? Attach a sprinkler head and you’ve got yourself an at-home water park! A paddling pool is a great way for kids (and grown-ups!) to cool off in this weather. If you have a big enough garden you can encourage little ones to play sports or learn a skill, such as juggling, skipping or performing tricks with Diablo. If you don’t have a garden, you can take the football, frizbee and badminton rackets to the park and enjoy an active day outdoors instead. And getting youngsters involved in planting flowers or growing their own salad in the veggie patch can be an activity that lasts all summer long as they tend to their plants.
This is a great rainy-day activity. If the kids are stuck indoors on a drizzly day, get out the baking gear, pop on an apron and start to stir! There are so many simple recipes that kids of all ages can help with. When my nephew was only a year old we began baking together because he could tip a pre-measured bowl of raisins into my cake mix and use a spoon to give it a stir. I’ve previously blogged about my cornflake-cake-making session with my niece and nephew so have a read to find out how that went. A milk loaf recipe is a fool-proof way to bake bread using only two ingredients and younger kids can just decorate pre-made biscuits with chocolate and sprinkles. The most exciting part of any baking session for the kids? Why, eating what they’ve baked, of course!
I don’t know about you, but when I was little I loved playing with educational toys. The kind of activities where you could learn something as well as have fun. And, now that I’m an adult, I like to build a little bit of learning into any games I play with my nieces and nephews. Yes, I’m that much fun! But seriously, why not keep their development going over the summer holidays? Especially when they can play with kits such as Interplay UK’s My Living World nature study kits.
Kids can set up a window bird feeder, watch an art farm, press flowers and use their first microscope thanks to these easy-to-use kits. Youngsters can even go on a bug safari in their own back garden to catch, study and identify mini-beasts. Each activity will hold their attention and teach them something they didn’t know. What a great way to spend those long summer holiday days, eh?
The local event calendar will be jam-packed over the summer holidays so it’s just a case of searching online or checking local noticeboards to find a free event near you. Most councils, groups and markets plan their events over the summer to guarantee good weather so your local city will probably be having a carnival, or a nearby town will be hosting a village fete. Plus libraries, playgroups and sports clubs know that you’ll want to entertain your kids during the 6 week break, so they often put on extra activities during that time. I’m regularly surprised by how many libraries offer free activity sessions for kids, so that should be your first port of call.
And now, on to the competition! It’s one of those educational toys I was talking about – My Fairy Light Garden. This is another Interplay toy that helps children to discover the magic of nature through play. It contains everything you need to set up a fairy garden, including seeds and gravel so that little ones can grow their own grass for the fairies! There are fairy figures, animal friends, a light-up musical house, an activity booklet and even fairy dust! The whole kit is worth £29.99 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all the entries. There are plenty of ways to enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter entry form below – good luck!
Giveaway is open to UK residents only. Competition runs from 14th August – 2nd September 2018. 1 winner will be chosen at random from all entries via Rafflecopter and will be contacted by email. The winner will need to provide a delivery address to receive their prize.