It’s that time of year again – the last few weeks of the summer holidays. Yes, we love having our children home with us, spending quality time together is important, but after a few weeks it can all get a little bit too much.
If you are sick of heading out to crazy soft play centres and busy theme parks, you might be looking for some more relaxed ways to keep the kids busy. Am I right?
Yes – then make sure to keep reading below, for all my best ideas for keeping the kids occupied without heading out to any attractions.
On days when you just don’t feel like leaving the house, having a craft day with your little ones is ideal. The best thing about craft days is that there are so many things that you can do, and most of which are fairly, easy.
My kids love making things, especially when I am helping them. As well as painting pictures and making collages, their favourite things to make are homemade toys. They love it because they get to make themselves a new friend, I love it because sewing is mess-free. The only messy part is using hot glue sticks to stick on the googly eyes, but I always do that, anyway.
If you haven’t done much baking this summer, get the recipe books out. Yes, your kitchen will get messy, your children will get sticky, and you may end up with icing in your hair, but it’s a great way to keep the kids entertained.
Cakes, brownies, biscuits, and sweets – there are so many options when it comes to baking. If your children are old enough, perhaps you could ask them what they would like to make? Giving your kids the choice of what they make, will make them more excited to bake with you.
If you are a healthy mum, who isn’t a fan of giving her kids lots of unhealthy treats, you could always look for some healthy recipes. You can find lots of recipes online for healthy treats, such as fruity flapjacks using honey instead of syrup.
Go on a bike ride
If you and your little ones all have bikes, why not go on a family bike ride? Choose a route through a park or on an off-road cycle path, pack a picnic, and spend the day riding your bikes.
Bike riding is not only a great way to stay active and keep in shape, but it’s also a lot of fun. It’s great for getting your kids out of the house and is also a fantastic way to explore the local area.
If you don’t fancy making sweet things, why not have a pizza making day? Pizza making is lots of fun, plus it shouldn’t be as messy as making sweet treats, so is ideal if you have just cleaned the kitchen.
The best thing about pizza making is that you can make it as healthy as you want. If you make the base and the tomato sauce yourself, you can ensure that your pizzas are super healthy. Toppings like ham, grated cheese, peppers, onion, spinach, and fresh pineapple are all ideal for healthy pizzas.
It can be hard finding ways to keep the kids entertained all summer, but hopefully, the ideas above will help.