Summer holidays can be so much fun but the thought of keeping little ones entertained for those endless weeks can be a little daunting for parents sometimes. Especially when the weather has not been on our side. I mean seriously? What a rubbish summer! Well if you’re trying to come up with ideas to fill out these last couple of weeks, the lovely people over at Room To Grow have come up with a fun checklist. They sent us a copy along with a hamper of summer goodies so we could try them out for ourselves and see how many things we could tick off our checklist.
It’s a great list with ten things to do that would actually suit little and big kids too. So if you’re counting down the days until they are back to school, you might want to take a look for yourself! Simple things like building a blanket fort or having a movie afternoon are perfect for those (many!) rainy days. Baking cookies is always a winner here whatever the weather and of course, not only do you get to have fun making them together, the best bit is of course eating them!
If you are anything like us, the minute the sun comes out – we are out too to make the most of it! You could play frisbee in the park or collect leaves and try out leaf rubbing. Of course it doesn’t just have to be leaves it could be things like bark, flowers and bricks too. It’s a great way to get them outdoors and explore the world around them. Or you could set up a treasure hunt with your finds. Although I have to say chocolate coins make for the perfect treasure hunt bounty with mine!
You could make friendship bracelets to give to friends when they go back to school (or keep them for themselves if they wanted!) A quick search online brings up lots of tutorials and this can keep them entertained for hours. A simple game of snap can be played by the youngest of children and is an absolute classic. As they get older of course you could teach them more complicated card games too that will keep them entertained.
Kids love to get messy and what better than some finger painting. You could set them a theme like ‘under the sea’ or ‘in the jungle’ or just let them go for it freestyle. Writing a summer diary is always a favourite activity here. It doesn’t have to be a daily thing, you could make it a weekly thing so it doesn’t feel like a chore. It doesn’t have to be pages and pages of writing, make it more interesting by adding pictures and you could even stick things like photos or postcards in from days out to make it more of a scrapbook. It’s fun to complete but also something lovely to look back on in years to come.
Sometimes it really is the simple things that are the most fun. I’m a big believer in ‘old fashioned’ fun when it comes to entertaining my lot in the school holidays so this checklist couldn’t be more perfect for us. We’ve enjoyed ticking off every last one. You can download and print your own summer checklist at Room To Grow (there’s also some printable colouring sheets for extra fun!)
*For the purpose of this blog post we were kindly provided with the checklist from our pals over at Room To Grow and also a hamper of summer goodies