With summer fast approaching, I’ve started looking ahead to budget-friendly ways to keep the kids occupied over the long summer months. In Northern Ireland, the summer break lasts for 8 weeks which is a long time to think up new ways to keep their little minds occupied.
Hopefully, this list will take some of the pressure off and give you a cheat sheet for easy and cheap activities you can do at home or out and about as a family. Even better, if you sign up you can get the printable for free. Print it out and stick it to the fridge for a handy guide you can use at a moment’s notice.
Here is my top ten from the list:
1. Rock painting
This is such an easy and cheap activity. Most gardens will have pebbles or rocks and poster paints can be purchased at any good discount store. This one keeps my kids going for ages and the results can be really pretty. Check out my Pinterest for some ideas of what to paint.
2. Outdoor Cinema
This one is particularly fun for older kids. You will need access to a projector for this one and either a plain wall to project onto or hang a white sheet. Lay out some beanbags, cushions, blankets and snacks and curl up at dusk for an outdoor cinema experience.
3. Collect shells
A day at the beach breathing in the sea air always tires my lot out. We collect shells which also gives us stuff to craft with another day. We’ve made jewelry boxes, necklaces and little fairy paths with our shells. The options are endless!
4. Nature Hunt
Create a checklist of things you want to find and head off for the day into a nearby woodland or park to see what you can find. Little ones love this activity as they can get their hands dirty and explore lots of interesting things. The Wildlife Trust are starting a 30 day wildlife challenge in June. Get your pack here.
5. Visit a free museum
On the days when you just need to get out of the house, free museums are a great place to go, especially if the weather is a bit pants. Indoor, educational, free…what else could you want?
6. Make a TV show
My six-year-old loves getting her hands on a cardboard box and turning it into something new. Making a TV is one of her favourites and she will happily play for hours putting on shows for her younger siblings.
7. Make an obstacle course
Chairs, string, cushions, boxes…all come in handy when you make an obstacle course in your back garden. Get their imagines and their bodies moving as they imagine and create their very own obstacle course then time them going through it.
8. Learn a new dance
I remember spending many an hour in front of the TV trying to learn the latest Steps dance. With the advent of YouTube, this is now easier than ever. Get those dancing shoes on and burn off some energy!
9. Visit the pet shop or animal shelter
If you don’t have pets, this is a great activity. You can volunteer your family to walk dogs or cuddle kittens in your local animal shelter, or if you want something a bit less time consuming, visit the pet shop. Kids love watching small animals and this is a great way to kill some time.
10. Try geocaching
Geocaching is a bit like a worldwide treasure hunt. You use clues and coordinates on Google to locate small items which you then swap for another small item and put back. This is so much fun for all the family. You can find out more here.
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