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Summer is fast approaching and that means that we are heading towards the summer break that children have away from school. Let’s be honest, this can strike the fear into any parents hearts because it is six long weeks of wondering how you can occupy your children or what can you do. Some parents still have work to do and can’t be off the whole time, and others are stay at home parents wondering how they are going to fill the hours. Well, I am here to tell you that there is plenty of ways you can keep the kids occupied this summer. I hope this gives you the inspiration you need to get through the summer break.
Go away on holiday
One of the first things you can consider doing is going away on holiday. This is a great way to enjoy time together as a family and one of the most popular things to do during the summer holidays. There are so many holiday options you could consider. You could go camping and stay a little closer to home, perhaps rent out some self-catering accommodation like an apartment, a house or a caravan and do something a little different. Or you may even want to think about going away somewhere abroad and enjoying a new experience and culture. A lot of people work hard all year for their summer holiday, and it is definitely a great way to split the break up for your children.
Plan for crafting days
Crafting is another great to spend some time during the holiday. However, not every mom enjoys crafting sessions and it can feel like a lot of pressure to get it right. However, if you plan ahead then you can make it a pleasurable experience for all involved. For example, Pinterest has some great suggestions and you can use the summer as your inspiration point for things to do. It could be simply painting a picture, getting the chalks out in the garden or maybe creating cards and specific crafts for special events throughout the summer. Planning is key and knowing what you want to do will help you have some fun with your child.
Explore your local area
When was the last time you explored your local area? You are probably more inclined to travel outside of the place you live but actually, there could be a lot of fun to have on your doorstep. There are things like local museums, exciting walks, and trails to explore or even just little shops and cafes you may not have been in before. It really could be a great few days out if you plan.
Head out for a walk and a picnic
As mentioned earlier, your local area could be full of different walks and trails you can explore. So why not make the day of it and pack a picnic. Even if you head to some of your favorite parks a few times during the summer break, the novelty of eating outside and having some fun will never grow old.
Make a den outside
There is nothing better than enjoying your back garden, and if you are lucky enough to have one then you may want to think about some of the other ways you can enjoy it. Yes, you can get all of the outdoor toys out to be played with but what about something a little more fun. Building a den outside can create hours of fun. Your children are occupied building the den and then spend time playing in it. It could certainly help to keep them distracted while you get on with household chores.
Book in some holiday clubs
If you do feel that you need to consider other ways to keep the children occupied during the summer break, or perhaps you need alternative childcare instead of using grandparents or childminders, then perhaps a holiday club or camp could be the answer. You could discover more online about some of the possibilities that could be open to you. From camps where your children stay to day things where they enjoy learning new skills or sports. It really could be a great way for them to spend their time.
Plan your days and weeks
It is very important for you to plan your days and weeks in advance, this is so you avoid boredom setting in where everyone involved can get a little frustrated and upset. If you plan ahead, you can make more use of the time you have and do things that are less likely to cost you a fortune like taking advantage of free facilities and locations.
Swimming or sports
Exercise is so important, but children can be guilty of spending too much time on their tablets and computers during the summer holidays, so it might be worth considering things like swimming and sports on some days to keep their fitness levels up and to get some time outside. You could take advantage of local swimming facilities and sports fields and just have some fun.
Meet up with friends for playdates
Children can often miss their friends in the holidays, especially if they don’t have siblings close in age, so it might be worth organizing some playdates with school or nursery friends. It could be a great way to alleviate pressure for other parents as well. You could take it in turns to host, having different themes or even just head to different local areas and spend some time outside. It keeps them socializing with their friends and gives you some necessary adult conversation.
Relax and go with the flow
Finally, just relax and go with the flow. You have no choice but to embrace the summer holidays and it could be a lot of fun if you plan and think ahead. Budgeting for the break will also help so you don’t run the risk of spending unnecessarily.
I hope that sharing these suggestions will help you with your summer holiday plans.