So when the long summer holidays stretch out in front of you and you know that you have to come up with creative ways to keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank, here are a few ideas to help get those creative juices flowing.
Firstly, I saw a bucket list on Housing a Forest and thought that it was just pure genius. It is a great way to get the kids to help you plan the summer activities, and if you have a list to draw on, it is far less daunting a prospect. For smaller kids, you can use illustrations or magazine cutouts rather than write it out (unless you want to do the writing). You can also use this as a memento of what you got up to over the summer if nothing else 🙂 Here is what we have planned – even Dad got involved 🙂
Going on a road trip? Here is a fun idea by Housing a Forest to keep the kids entertained in the car. A Travel Timeline to record where you have been, the main thing you saw or that you did on that day and of course, build a memento of the trip.
For at home fun… I found a brilliant post by Get Your Mess On on how to make puffy paint. I think this is a fantastic, easy and cheap activity for kids while they can play outdoors and wash off in the pool (splash pool in our case… ) 🙂
Capture the night sky by following the instructions by Hobbies on a Budget… Glow in the dark stuff always seems to get the kids excited.
A Water Rainbow Xylophone by Little Page Turners…
You could buy one but I really like this Nature Study Kit from Recyclables by Inner Child Fun… Cheaper and more fun to put together!
And for sunnier, warmer days, how about some backyard Sprinkler Fun as demonstrated by Housing a Forest…
Stunning “Glass” Sculpture by Inner Child Fun…
And lastly, Bubble Painting by Housing a Forest… This looks like loads of fun and can be done outdoors in the summer sunshine!
Most importantly, relax, enjoy and have a ball. May it be a long, warm and lazy summer 🙂
Lots of love x