Are you looking forward to the summer holidays? This year seems to have flown past. The kids will soon be off school and looking for things to do. It is a time to make the most of the warm summer days and lighter evenings and take the change to try new things. It is a time to make memories. Find fun things to do with the kids this summer and they will have a great time. When I look back on summer holidays as a child I can only remember hot sunny days and adventures a plenty.
As a parent it can be hard to think of activities to do with kids, especially activities that don’t cost much money. Summer can get expensive, especially when you have a few children. When Hatchbag asked me if I would like to contribute to their ebook – 101 Ideas for having fun with the kids this summer I was happy to give my input. The book puts together 101 ideas from a number of different bloggers. If you are looking for places to go or activities to do with your kids this summer why not pop over and download the book. You are sure to find something to inspire you.
Fun things to do with the kids this summer
To help inspire you I have also put together a list of ideas you can add to your summer bucket list. These will help to stop kids being bored and help to create family memories. They will also get the kids outside or learning new skills, there is nothing better than disguising educational activities as fun.
Activities involving food
- Pack a picnic and head for the local park, or just eat it in the garden. Get the kids involved with planning what food to pack in the picnic and making the sandwiches. I have some great ideas for summer side dishes that are perfect for picnics as well as some sandwich filling ideas.
- Make home made pizza.
- Bake some biscuits and make ice cream sandwiches. These lemon and sultana biscuits would be ideal for this. Gingerbread would be nice as well.
- Make ice cream sundaes using a selection of ice cream, fruit and toppings.
- Make lemonade from scratch. Serve in a big jug with plenty of ice in the garden.
- Bake and decorate cup cakes. Hummingbird cupcakes are perfect for a summers day.
- Get your kids to come up with a menu for an evening meal. Take them shopping for the ingredients and let them cook it themselves (with supervision of course)
- Keep a holiday diary. Collect postcards, tickets, photos and other items when you go places. Get your children to stick these in an exercise book with a little bit of writing explaining what they did. It is lovely to look back on these books at the end of the holiday.
- Make stones into animals or bugs using paint, pipe cleaners and stick on eyes.
- Get some chalk and create some pavement art.
- Visit the local library and sign up for their summer reading challenge. They usually have certificates and medals for completing the challenge.
- Decorate a plain T-shirt with fabric paint.
- Make puppets with string and cardboard boxes
In the garden
- Make daisy chains and see who can make the longest.
- Put a bird table in the garden and see how many birds you can identify. You can get a bird book from the library if you are not sure what they are or look on the RSPB website. It is amazing how many birds actually do visit when you put some seed out.
- Set up a net in the garden and play tennis or volley ball.
- Plant a herb or vegetable garden
- Put a tent in the garden and use it for craft activities or a sleep over.
- Have a camp-fire in the back yard or a barbecue. Use a fire pit or the bottom half of a barbecue. Roast sausages on sticks and toast marshmallows. You could even make smores. When it gets dark tell ghost stories.
- Have a water fight. Get out the paddling pool and water pistols. This will really cool kids down on a hot day
- Have a scavenger hunt. Try and find one item in the garden that starts with every letter of the alphabet.
- Build a den. This can be done with rugs and towels or if you are lucky enough to have a tree in the garden you could rig branches to make a secret place.
- Head to the local pond or river and feed the ducks.
- Go to the beach and build sandcastles or collect shells.
- Take a kite to the top of a hill and fly it.
- Head to your local country park or forestry commission forest and see how many trees you can identity or how much wildlife you can spot. The forestry commission have great activity sheets to help you identify trees and animals.
- Go for a game of crazy golf.
- Take a jam jar and net and go pond dipping or rock pooling.
- Visit a farmers market or food festival.
- Visit your local museum. They usually have events on over the summer for kids so check the website before you go.
- Explore a National Trust or English Heritage property. These are always interesting and usually have fun things going on over the summer.
- Visit an amusement park. We visited Flamingo Land a while ago which also has a zoo.
- Go swimming
- Get your bicycles and find a cycle path to explore.
- Visit a farm. These usually have animals to see or you could even pick your own fruit.
Do you have any things that you do with the kids over the summer? Let me know below. I am always happy to get more ideas.