11. Play Dress-up
If you’re willing, let the kids loose in your wardrobes and gather their own ensemble. I’m sure you will have some good laughs watching the little people dress up like the bigger ones.
12. Teach Skype
Why not use the holidays as an opportunity to let the kids teach their grandparents how to Skype? This would be particularly great for those grandparents who aren’t fortunate enough to live near their grandchildren.
13. Get out those Board Games
Nothing beats a good old game of Snakes and Ladders, Bingo or Monopoly. Here’s our 10 Best Family Board Games.
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14. Go Fishing
Pack a picnic and while away an afternoon fishing at a lake or river. Gear the day/expedition to their level, and assume they will want to get wet, and look for everything else but fish! However, can be a great way to spend time with your child, and you might even bring home dinner! Fishing nets on the beach are ideal for catching crabs in rock pools, and a lot easier too!
15. Go Swimming
Create your own waves in the pool and lap up the freedom the water brings. Better still head to a waterpark if there is one near you. Splashing, slides and lots of smiles! Here’s Tips for Summer Water Safety for Kids.
16. Go Camping
Weather permitting, camping is great fun and a chance to “become one with nature”. Many fond memories are created sitting around a camp fire telling jokes or scary stories and watching the stars at night. Don’t forget to roast some marshmallows- yum!
17. Plant some flowers
Gather any old welly boots your children have outgrown. Poke a few drainage holes in the bottom of them and then fill them with some compost. Choose which flower seeds you would like to plant. Sunflowers are a favourite with kids as they grow very quickly and are very easy to grow. Place them along your path or outside your front door. Your kids will love to see their old wellies blooming!
18. Make Play Dough
Children will adore making play dough and they will have fun exploring different food colourings to give the dough that lovely vibrant colour. Better still it’s non-toxic, cheap and easy to make.
- Mix together 1 cup of plain flour, half a cup of salt and 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, then add a cup of water and mix until smooth.
- Add a dash of food colouring followed by 2 tablespoons of oil and cook on a medium heat, stirring constantly until the dough forms a ball.
Here’s a video from Before and After TV showing how to make it without cream of tartar too:
19. Sand play
Kids love to mess around in the sand, particularly if it’s in your back garden. Even if you don’t have a sand table, it’s easy to make your own using a large shallow plastic container, and some play sand. Just remember to cover when finished, to keep the cats away! Read our 23 Sensational Sand Play Ideas for inspiration.
20. Make daisy chains
One of life’s simple pleasures and part of childhood memories. Put a small slit in the stem of a daisy, with your nail, and thread a stem of another daisy through it, and repeat to extend length. “Fashion” into necklaces and bracelets, or challenge the kids to see who can make the longest.