Schools Out! How To Keep
The Kids Entertained Over Summer
Mummies and daddies will know where we’re coming from when we say our little ones grow up far too fast!
From chubby wrists, close-knit curls and nappies, to shopping for school uniform, arguing over which school shoes they’re allowed to wear and missing their little faces all day long from Monday to Friday.
In fact, we spend most weeks wishing they were at home during term time, then the summer holiday comes around and, PANIC!
How do we keep them entertained all day long? Well, worry no more. We chatted to Fiona Peacock from Watching You Grow, Nicola Ricketts of Life Through My Eyes and The Mediocre Dad, Henry Elliss – you’ll find their imaginative top tips right here.
Every adventure starts with a bucket list!
Not one but two of our parent blogger pals told us that they start the school holidays with a session of bucket-list writing.
“This week, we’ll be ticking off baking, having friends over, and a trip to the police museum in Manchester.”
Fiona said: “I let the kids write a list of things they wanted to do this summer and then we try to tick a few off each week.“
We hear you, Fiona, there’s nothing as ingenious as an activity that gets the kids learning while they play!
Cut down screen time and embrace nature!
Cue “when I was young…”
But seriously! When we were young, you spent the summer holidays bike-riding, buying penny sweets from the corner shop and ruining new trainers in the river.
Henry Elliss told us:
“My advice is to get your kids out into nature as much as the weather permits. Whether it’s camping under canvas, exploring a local park or stately home or just going for a walk.“
“Not only does it get them away from the screens and into some fresh air, it also tires them out nicely for bedtime, too!”
With all the fun games to play on tablets and consoles these days (plus the millions of binge-able TV shows), we can’t blame kids for being tempted to stay in, but nothing will beat the magic of exploring somewhere new outdoors, and the sights, smells and feelings that go with it!
Don’t get put off by bad weather
The great British summertime; all you can do is check the weather and hope for the best!
We’re with Henry and we’ll always try to get little ones out and about, with emergency coats and umbrellas, but with some of the showers we’ve been seeing recently, “not always possible” is an understatement.
Make like Nicola and adapt your ideas for the indoors:
“I love doing simple things in the summer holidays. Picnics are a favourite here. In the park if it’s sunny.“
“On the floor in the living room if the weather isn’t too nice or if you’ve had enough sun!”
Check out the freebies in your area
Remember being little and thinking that your parents were made of money?
Actually, maybe we had no idea you needed money for boring things like food as well as the essential waterpark and zoo visits!
Nicola is a woman after our own hearts; she encourages her kids to think of free ideas as well as more expensive options.
Check out our top-five freebies that might just get your creative juices flowing – there’s bound to be one of these in your area:
• Stately home tours – Don’t be put off by this one; you can find plenty of homes with a live-in ghost or grisly history that’s sure to keep them interested.
• National Trust parks
• The beach
• Feeding the ducks – make sure to take plenty of bread!
When you’re a kid, the summer holidays can seem years long! For parents, it can go by in the blink of an eye, and it’s never too soon to think about finding those schoolwear bargains.
From cool schoolbags and accessories to uniform must-haves for boys and girls, you’ll find it all in our back-to-school shop.