Finding ways to occupy your kids can be tough at the best of times – even more so when you’ve been having to do it so regularly over the past 17 months due to the coronavirus pandemic!
Schools only opened again in March but are now out for the summer holidays, so the chances are you might again be searching for different methods for keeping them entertained. Well, you’re in luck! We’ve pulled together a few ideas to help see you through to September with minimal fuss.
Get them into nature
Restrictions may have been lifted, but, for many, the great outdoors is more appealing than ever as it’s far easier to steer clear of big crowds. If you’re keen to get out of the house, head to a local nature reserve and engage in some wildlife watching with your kids. It’s easy to find out where your nearest nature reserve is and it’s something you might enjoy too!
Want to stay a bit closer to home? Let them grow their own vegetables with a patch in the garden or encourage them to build a treehouse.
Make them your sous chef
Kids love to be given a bit of responsibility, so why not get them involved in making dinners or baking healthy treats you know they’ll love?
You’ll likely find yourself doing a lot more cooking over the holidays, so if your oven or any other essential kitchen equipment breaks down you will want to replace it quickly. In emergencies like that, a short-term loan could be worth considering as a last resort. However, you’ll need to be confident that you can keep up with the repayments if you do decide to apply.
Keep Kids Busy -Have a movie marathon
It may take a bit of time for the summer weather to return, but staying indoors doesn’t have to be a chore. If you’re short on options in your regular TV package, you might want to consider signing up for a subscription service like Netflix, Amazon Prime or Disney+. They operate on a month-to-month basis, so you could cancel your subscription at the end of the holidays after getting access to all their content for a relatively low price.
Keep them active
When it starts to get a bit drier, you might want to consider encouraging your kids to take part in a sport or activity. Whether it’s playing football down the park, heading to the local lido for a swim, or participating in a nearby sports camp, exercise will let them exert their energy and make them ready for bed upon their return home.
Keep Kids Busy – Get creative
The pressure of catching up on missed schoolwork could sap your child of a desire to be creative. If they have a clear artistic streak, or you want to see if you can inspire one within them, take them to a beauty spot and sketch the landscape with them. You could also give them some paint and try to get them to recreate a photo of their favourite animal. Alternatively, set them up with a crafting project like making a card for an upcoming family birthday.