Dear Parent, 101 things to do with your kids in the summer holidays.


Dear Parent,

Well me really. This is actually a letter to myself to try and remember there are so many cool things I can do with my darling offspring in the summer holidays and sometimes the default of watching Frozen for the umpteenth time isn’t groovy. So I thought I would come up with a list of 101 things to do and try and do 2 of them each day with my squiglets. Mine are 4 and 2 so some things may only be suited to this age range but hope it gives you an idea!

#1 Bake some cakes

#2 Play in the garden with trikes etc

#3 Gardening- Water the garden, plant seeds, dead head the flowers

#4 Play doh

#5 Necklace making with the bead sets

#6 Tap tap art

#7 Mess free painting (squirt diff colours paint in the conrers of a ziplock bag and zip up get kids to merge the paints- keep an eye on the ziplock and should be no mess to clear up after!)

#8 Jigsaws

#9 Trip to the park

#10 Trip to a pals for a playdate

#11 make and have a picnic lunch

#12 Fruit picking

#13 trip to the zoo/safari park

#14 Making dens

#15 Making music

#16 dancing round the room like a loon

#17 role play with dollies

#18 role play with dolls house

#19 tents in the garden

#20 home cinema with frozen and popcorn

#21 making ice lollies

#22 crafting

#23 reading

#24 putting on a show

#25 the rolling off the sofa onto the beanbag game

#26 make an obstacle course

#27 treasure hunt

#28 dressing up

#29 playing catch with a ball

#30 races

#31 crafting

#32 duplo

#33 dinosaur hunt (hide all the toy dinosaurs in the garden)

#34 water fight with waterbombs or water pistols

#35 making paper aeroplans

#36 paddling pool

#37 Stomp rocket 

#38 go on a train ride to next city for a mooch

#39 wrapping up presents (old toys) and giving them to each other.

#40 having a teddy bears tea party with mini food

#41 going for a bike ride or scoot

#42 go and see friends baby/cats/rabbits for a coo over them.

#43 freeze small toys in a bag of ice and work out how to free them.

#44 shaving foam on trays with cars

#45 chalk and the pavement/patio

#46 sandpit

#47 themed days eg. pirates, fairies, dinosaurs- kids plan how they want the theme to go (dressing up, talk like a pirate, pirate picnic etc) and do those activities.

#48 play dominos

#49 play guess who

#50 play pop up pirate

#51 make up your own board game

#52 make maracas out of bottles and pasta or lentils

#53 go for a nature walk with a list of things to find

#54 go and feed the ducks

#55 go to the local pub where there is a bouncy castle!

#56 make pancakes

#57 make a stock of birthday cards

#58 sort through and talk through old photos with the kids and help them make their own photo album.

#59 play sleeping lions

#60 play hide and seek

#61 go to a friends who has a trampoline for a bounce

#62 make mud pies

#63 make up a story together whilst going on a walk

#64 take videos of us doing fun stuff for posterity

#65 go swimming

#66 go to soft play

#67 choose one thing to spend pocket money on and buy it and keep change.

#68 face painting

#69 pick flowers

#70 cutting and sticking

#71 mr potato head

#72 have a sleepover

#73 camp in the back garden

#74 finger painting

#75 aquadoodle

#76 ipad time (heck I got to 76 things before I mentioned this one!)

#77 buy things ready for school and preschool and get everything ready

#78 choose the fruit for a fruit salad and make it.

#79 plan the meals for a week and help make them

#80 learn how to tidy up

#81 practice quiet time with lying down with eyes closed and nice music on

#82 blow bubbles

#83 put play glasses on and talk in silly voices all day

#84 draw pictures on the computer and print them out

#85 go and visit relatives

#86 use the play kitchen to make a feast for the polly pockets

#87 go for a drive with the windows down and sunny music playing

#88 go to waitrose for your free coffee and let the kids share a cookie.

#89 go on a bug hunt

#90 hide sweets and play warmer colder….

#91 play snap

#92 play strip jack naked 

#93 play whats the time mr wolf

#94 play hopscotch

#95 play with balloons

#96 play hairdressers or make up artists

#97 practice hopping, skipping and jumping

#98 have a frozen sing song- LET IT GO!

#99 make flags or bunting to decorate the garden

#100 have a role play with finger puppets or other puppets.

#101 ignore your kids completely and let them sodding amuse themselves  because you are now completely bloody knackered.

 

One response to “Dear Parent, 101 things to do with your kids in the summer holidays.

  1. I’ll be opting for #102: go to work and let someone else do all this shit for me ;)

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