Spending time with your child is one of the nicest things to do but it’s good to vary activities you do together, here are some ideas for 20 Things to Do this Summer with Your Child.
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1. Take a Book out of the Library
The library is a wonderful place to visit together and to choose a book (or 3 or 7!) to take home and read together. Our local library also holds events for children and story telling for preschoolers. If you need help picking books for different ages of children, the librarians are always happy to help. Check our our summer reading challenges for ideas and tips too.
2. Go for a Walk in the Woods
Make up a picnic and head to your nearest woods or forest. Make the walk interactive by singing songs or looking for signs of nature and animals. Bring home some leaves to do leaf rubbings at home with crayons and paper. Here are some of our fun Scavenger Hunt lists that you can download and print:
3. Dance Around the Kitchen
One of my favourite things to do with my daughters is to put on Spotify or iPod and play our favourite song playlist and bop around the kitchen. It’s fun, free and a great rainy day activity when everyone is starting to feel a bit stir crazy.
4. Make Cookies or Cupcakes
Kids love cooking. I prepare the ingredients a little ahead of time, make sure the butter is out of the fridge and that I have the ingredients and kitchen items that we need out on the counter ready for cooking.
My biggest problem is keeping calm over the mess, but these tips on stress-free cooking with kids have helped! (and reminding myself that it’s only mess and I can clean up afterwards. A glass of milk with warm cookies or fairy cakes become even more of a treat when you have made them yourself.
5. Paddle in the Sea
Nothing says summer more than heading to the beach for a paddle in the sea. Pack up the car (here’s a handy beach checklist to save you running in and out of the house 10 times!) and don’t forget the talcum powder to get the sand off before you all climb back in the car!
Related: 50 Summer Activities for Kids
6. Make Bubbles!
7. Watch Old Cartoons on YouTube
Has your child ever seen The Flintstones, Top Cat or Captain Caveman? How about Hong Kong Phooey or Dangermouse? Have some fun watching old cartoons on YouTube together!
8. Play a Game of Bingo
We love playing Bingo. Check out this fun Summer Bingo with free printables from Vanessa from Our Thrifty Ideas available on the Designdazzle.com website. The Bingo package comes with 4 sheets including 6 playing cards (2 per page) and one sheet that has the calling cards. DLTK Growing Together also has custom bingo cards that are handy to use as well as instructions and tips.
9. Have a Sticky Bun in a Café
Taking your child out for a cake or a sticky bun in a café is a nice way to show them how to act more grown up. Do some people watching together or play some games while you are waiting for your treats to arrive.
Remember family or girl guide/scout singalongs? Why not organise a sing along of some favourite songs and teach them some easy rounds such as Three Blind Mice and London Bridge is Falling Down.
If you need some inspiration then Cerys Matthews’ book Hook Line and Singer was designed exactly for families to remember some old song favourites. Or make some quick and easy instruments and set up your own Family Orchestra!
11. Camp Out in the Garden
Pitch a tent and camp out in the garden overnight. Tuck in your sleeping bags, extra blankets and pillows, a torch/flashlight, some treats for midnight snack and prepare to tell each other stories as the night draws in. (and the great thing about camping out in the garden is you can always sneak back to your comfortable beds in the night if you want!)
12. Fly a Kite
Find a clear, open area. [Stay away from roads, power lines or airports]. Open fields, parks and beaches are great for flying kites. The more room you have, the more line you can let out. Make sure there’s a breeze going, you don’t want the wind to be too strong. There are some great tips on the National Kite Month website.
13. Go Cloudwatching
Pick a day where there are blue skies with clouds and head to a park or hill to lie down and do some cloud watching. The Met Office has a great guide to cloud spotting with all the 10 main types of clouds and how to spot them and pronounce their names. They also have this cool cloud spotting video:
14. Make Pancakes
Pancakes aren’t just for Pancake Day! Whip up a batch of pancakes and have some brunch or lunch together. Kids love mixing and pancake batter is one of the easiest recipes to throw together. Plus you can choose some fun toppings and add in fruit to the mix too if you want to get some extra vitamins and fibre.
15. Make a Home Cinema and Have Popcorn
We love to pick a movie to watch, maybe an old one we haven’t seen for a while or something different that we haven’t watched before (check out our Classic Films to Watch with Kids and our Top 10 not-Disney movies!). Set up your home cinema and print off your movie tickets while you organise some popcorn.
16. Play a Board Game
As well as the top 10 best board games recommended by Mykidstime parents there are some fun new board games available too that you may not have heard of.
17. Climb a Really Big Hill
When was the last time you climbed a big hill? And then ran down it pretending to be airplanes? It’s fun!
18. Plant Something and Watch it Grow
An easy fun summer project is to plant some seeds and watch them grow. Cress or salad leaves are quick and will usually start showing within a day or two and be ready to pick within 2-3 weeks.
19. Have a Treasure Hunt
Kids love hunting and they love the idea of “treasure” so have some fun with a treasure hunt.
20. Play a Game of Cards
What are your favourite things to do during summer with your child? Share them with us in the comments below.