The school holidays can become very costly to keep the kids entertained and out of the house and away from the computer and tv screens. What can you do with them that’s fun and will not cost you a penny. Here’s 5 things to do this summer for free.
1. Go for a walk
Ok hear me out, I don’t mean just a walk down the street. How many open spaces have you got near to where you live? Within walking distance I can think of 4 and 2 I don’t think I have even been too. You could take the dog for a walk there , if you don’t have a dog maybe you could offer to take a neighbours or family members dog for a walk. Not only is it great exercise for you and the dog. It could help your child realise the responsibility that comes with a dog. If you don’t like the idea of a dog how about you write a list of all the things you would like to spot on your walk. You could do everyday things from a pink front door to something in nature like who can be the first to spot a pine cone and tick off their list.
2.See what’s on in your local area
Shopping centres want people though their doors to make people spend in the shops one way they do this is by holding events for shoppers normally aimed at children. This summer one of my local shopping centres has a thing called terrific Tuesdays and every tuesday for a few hours they will have things like magicians,wildlife displays and teaching the kids circus skills. We also have a free open cinema every year for one weekend, showing fairy new films all for free. We will make up a small picnic and take a blanket and go watch some films in normally warm weather.
3.Go on a gruffalo hunt
You have read the book and seen the film now you can go see the gruffalo for real. At 13 forest across the country a gruffalo trail has been created. The charactors from the story will lead you through the forest to help you find them all and learn about nature at the same time. There is an option to buy a activity book for the children which is around £3 but you can do the trail without it as there is a app for you to follow but it is advised to download this before your visit as there is no WiFi. You can find out the forests nearest to you simply by putting your post code in on their website.
4. Junk modelling
When was the last time you did this? I honestly can not remember. Why not take a walk around your home and find old pots,is there a cercle packet with only a bit in. Can you use the box? can you raid the recycling bin? Get all your junk together along with either sellotape or glue. Or if your like me both, and just make something. A rocket or a boat? I’m sure the kids will have loads of ideas of what they want to make and they don’t care that its rubbish,spending time with you will mean more to them than going out and buying them a toy.
5. Have a games day/afternoon
On holiday the girls grew a love for card games,they were taught how to play uno and go fish. Playing these games with them in the sun or on the balcony in the evening with so much fun. Not only was it fun for them it got their brains thinking,how they were going to win the games. There are plenty of games you can play from the card games like us to board games or even how about doing psychical games like a egg and spoon race or who can do the most hops in 30 seconds.
I hope we have given you some new ideas to keep the kids a little more entertained this summer. If you have any other ideas please feel free to share them in the comments below.
Emma and the girls x