Of course, we all look forward to the summer vacations, but it’s no secret that having a house full of children can be overwhelming at times! If you’re concerned about how you’re going to keep the little ones entertained throughout summer, it’s a good idea to plan some activities in advance that you can bring out at a moment’s notice.
Then, if a rainy day takes you by surprise or you’re asked to look after the neighbors’ kids as well, you won’t be left wondering what to do. You could even make your list of activity ideas inspired by these so that you have it at hand whenever you need it!
Read on below for a few tips and tricks on keeping the whole family busy this summer.
Most of us have fond memories of school sports days, whether we won a medal or simply enjoyed the ice cream at the end! Depending on the ages of your children, you’ll need to differentiate the sports so that the youngest ones don’t feel too intimidated.
If anything, it’s best to aim towards the younger end of the scale, as we can all enjoy an egg and spoon race! Ideas for your family sports day could include three-legged races, sack races, cartwheel races and anything else the little ones can think of. You could also devise an obstacle course from equipment such as mini trampolines, ball pools, and play tunnels. Make sure that everyone gets a prize at the end so that those with the smallest legs don’t get left out!
During the summer vacations, it’s essential that children get enough time outside to exercise, as too often these days they are drawn to screens. While it might be an easy option to leave them in front of a tablet or television while you clean the house, too much time sitting still can have an adverse effect on their health.
Be sure to limit the time they spend in front of a screen by encouraging them to play outside, just like you did when you were a child! This can be a challenge with older children, but with a bit of encouragement, they can also find plenty of enjoyment running around the garden with their siblings.
Spending too much time in front of a screen is certainly not a good thing, but it’s almost impossible to avoid them altogether. To make screen time more sociable, turn it into a family activity and challenge your children to play against you.
The Nintendo Wii is known for its family-friendly approach to gaming, which encourages healthy competition, family fun and a bit of physical activity. Playing Wii Sports is a particularly good way to stay active while also playing games, which is why it has become so popular with families of all sizes and ages.
Even if you’re not playing something as active as the Wii, research has shown that playing video games as a family can help you to bond and build more harmonious relationships with family members.
Engaging in your children’s games can show them that you share similar interests, and the problem solving that is often required in video games can help with cooperation and communication skills. It also allows you to build common ground with your family by enjoying shared activities and having fun together. So even if you’re not a big fan of gaming, give it a try and see if you can make screen time into a beneficial activity.
Rainy days are the nemesis of many a parent, but if you’re equipped with a list of emergency rainy day activities, there’s no need to panic when a rain shower hits unexpectedly. These activities should be tailored to your child’s interests, and it’s always a good idea to tie activities in with their favorite film or cartoon character.
Thinking of doing some art? Ask them to paint, draw, color or collage a picture of Peppa Pig or Elsa from Frozen.
Alternatively, they could attempt a portrait of a family member or pet, which will provide entertainment for all the family!
If they’re musical, ask them to compose and perform a song about their favorite character, or if they enjoy writing, challenge them to write a poem or story.
If you’d like to put an educational slant on your rainy day activities, ask your child to draw and write about a place that you’ve recently visited together. Alternatively, they could choose a place anywhere in the world and find out as much as they can about that location.
This could then lead to a whole host of related activities, including pictures, stories, and even songs about their chosen place. Ask them to teach you everything they’ve learned so that they can enjoy the novelty of being the teacher instead of the student.