It won’t be long until school’s out for the summer, so nip boredom in the bud now and start planning lots of fun activities and projects that won’t break the bank. Here are 8 ideas for making this summer great – no matter the weather!

little helpers

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Little helpers

Kids love to get their hands dirty and make a mess, so the kitchen is the perfect place for them. Let them help you make something – start with an easy treat like a rocky road, galaxy ice cream or get them to measure out ingredients or decorate their own pizzas while you’re cooking dinner.

hands on fun

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hands on fun

A creative project is a great way to spend an afternoon – especially if it’s rainy. Stock up on basic craft supplies like an A4 colour paper pack, glue, pens, pencils, paint pots, lolly sticks, beads and string, or pick up something like a make-your-own slime kit they can really get stuck into.

get out and about

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get out and about

Going on a day trip doesn’t have to mean spending lots of money. Many museums and galleries are free to get into, while having a picnic in the park or running around a playground is always fun for little ones!

a healthy appetite

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a healthy appetite

Your kids may get more snacks than usual during the holidays, but the trick is to make them healthy! They’ll love fruit smoothies, pop corn, frozen yogurt with berries, sliced apple crisps sprinkled with cinnamon and even veggie muffins. If you have fussy eaters, let them help you make their treats – they’ll want to try their own handiwork!

chose a chore

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chose a chore

Get your kids to make their own bed, set the table for dinner or sweep the floor. It’s good to give them small tasks to do around the house – it will help them feel more capable and give them a better understanding of all the things you do for them.

lazy day

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Lazy days

You don’t have to keep your children busy all the time! It’s good to have the odd day with nothing planned as boredom can encourage child-led play, as well as imagination and creativity. So, let them do their own thing (within reason) and see what they get up to!

game for it

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game for it

Play something the whole family can get involved with. Old-school games always go down well – try marbles or dominoes, a puzzle or board game, hide and seek, anything involving a ball like football or basketball… The list is endless - you could even make up your own game!

sincerely yours

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sincerely yours

Why not get your little one to write a letter to a friend or their grandparents. It’s a great way to get them to enjoy a bit of quiet time, practice their handwriting and structure their thoughts. A cool pen or stationery set will help make it a fun exercise.