31. Play cards
Remember the card games you used to play as a child? Why not teach your kids how to play some card games. Here are 15 fun card games for kids.
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We collect shells while we are there and bring them home to paint and make wind chimes out of them. Or collect some stones and paint them when you return home to make some garden decorations. We’ve lots of fun ideas in Beach Crafts for Kids & 8 Stunning Shell Crafts to Make & Keep.
33. Make a Photo Album
Dress up in your costumes and assume the persona of your character. Pose for photos together and on your own. Pull plenty of funny as well as scary faces and capture them all on a camera. Then choose your favourite ones to print and make your own album.
34. Take a Day Trip
Take a day trip to a historic town or to a local attraction.
Might find this useful – 10 Diverting Days Out with the Kids for under a Tenner
35. Play Tag in the dark
Great fun for older kids on a summer’s evening. Send them outside with torches to play chase or tip the can in the dark – amazing how the whole games can change when played in the dark.
36. Make sun shadows
- Find a sunny spot outside late morning. Arrange the items on a sheet of paper.
- You might need a stone for each corner to keep it from blowing away if it’s breezy.
- Leave the paper for several hours in direct sunlight.
- The sun will fade the construction paper, it will create silhouettes where your items are located.
37. Make a Scarecrow
Remember Worzel Gummidge? Well why not recreate him in your garden with your kids? All you need is some sticks (to hold the scarecrow up) some old unwanted clothes and cotton wool (or more old clothes and socks to stuff his body with). You can stitch him together quickly or use glue if you would prefer. Let the children name him and if the activity is enjoyable for all, why not make an ‘Aunt Sally’ to accompany him? See how to make this simple scarecrow.
Making a mineral bottle volcano is a classic science experiment that doubles as a great excuse to make an explosive mess! It is recommended that you do this outside as it will create a huge sticky mess!
- Position the 2Lt bottle outside and open it.
- Unwrap a whole roll of Mentos (or Skittles). The goal is to drop all of the Mentos into the soda bottle at once, which is trickier than it sounds! The best way to do this would be to drop them all simultaneously through a funnel with a mouth that is wide enough to allow the Mentos to pass but small enough to fit inside the neck of the bottle. If you don’t have such a funnel, make a paper tube the size of the bottle neck, place an index card over the bottle mouth, place the tube over the hole, fill it with Mentos, and slide the card out. You can also loosely sellotape the entire roll of Mentos together and drop the whole stack in at once.
- Once you drop the whole packet in, you need to RUN!! If done correctly, you can create eruptions of up to 18 feet!!
39. Wash the Car
It might not sound like fun but the kids will love it, especially small kids who love messing with water. Let them have a bucket or dish of water & cloth or sponge each, and scrub and rub till your car shines. They could even do a neighbourhood car-wash.
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40. Make a Time Capsule
You can use a time capsule to place your predictions in, or your hopes of a certain project. A time capsule can be as simple as a shoe box full of items reserved (or even forgotten) on a high closet shelf until a later date.
Keep in mind that creating a capsule for unveiling at some future date is really a two sided adventure involving both you and those who will uncover it once again (perhaps even your future self). Make sure that the items you select will add the element of surprise and discovery for those who open this curious treasure chest of history. Here’s how to make a time capsule with kids.