Schools broke up a couple of weeks ago, and we’re sure for parents and children up and down the country the novelty is beginning to wear thin and the collective youth chorus of “I’m bored” is ringing in your ears already.
To help save your sanity we’ve pulled together a list of 50 activities to keep the kids (and you!) occupied and out of trouble.
Really shake things up this summer by printing out the below sheet with some our favourite activities from our top 50 list, cut each activity out, fold and put into a jar. Next time your little angels are complaining there’s nothing to do, point them in the direction of the jar and get them to pick out a fun surprise activity to do!
Click the image below to download the printable version!
- Hold your own Olympic games
- Make paper aeroplanes and see whose flies the furthest
- Get messy…paint a picture with your hands
- Blow some bubbles and try and pop them
- Have a picnic
- Have a creative craft session
- Do some skipping in the garden
- Decorate a plant pot
- Dance around the house to your favourite tunes
- Write a song or poem
- Do some colouring
- Go swimming
- Start your own veggie and herb garden
- Make some chalk art outdoors
- Have an outdoor painting party using huge canvases
- Pretend to be pirates for a day – play dress-up in costumes, plan a treasure hunt and talk like a pirate
- Make totem poles out of paper towel rolls and decorate them
- Go for a bike ride
- Organise a teddy bear’s tea party
- Go to the park
- Have a games day, play cricket, rounders, bat and ball etc.
- Play hopscotch
- Feed the ducks
- Make an obstacle course
- Make a photo journal or scrapbook
- Visit the beach and collect shells
- Build a sandcastle
- Learn how to ribbon twirl
- Create a scavenger hunt
- Pick berries
- Write a story and illustrate it
- Go on a nature walk and then make a collage from objects you find along the way
- Have a water fight
- Interview an older relative about what life was like when they were young
- Practice making interesting shadow puppets and then put on a show with your characters
- Visit a museum you’ve never been to
- String beads or pasta into jewellery
- Learn about stargazing and identify as many constellations as possible
- Make flower crowns and headbands
- Make paper boats and race them in a paddling pool or bath
- Make a mini-golf course in your garden using different containers as holes
- Visit a theme park or water park
- Collect rocks and paint them to use as paperweights
- Visit a zoo or farm
- Camp in your garden
- Have a game night with charades, Pictionary and bingo
- Build a den/fort using boxes or blankets
- Fly a kite
- See a film at the cinema
- Go bowling
Will you be trying out the boredom saving activity jar?
What are your favourite ways to keep the kids busy in the summer holidays if not already on our list above?
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