The Summer holidays can be a great time to bond with your children and maybe even let your own inner child come out to play, but it can also be a stressful and expensive time, especially when trying to find ways of keeping them occupied for six weeks.
As a parent, I want the boys to keep learning, exploring, and of course, have fun during the summer holidays and I try to do this through a combination of cheap or free activities/days out, as well as the occasional expensive treat like a trip to the zoo or cinema.
One of the best ways to have fun for free is to get outdoors. Research shows that 85% of kids wish they spent more time outside over the summer and I do try to make sure i do something with the boys outside every day even if it’s just playing in the garden. There is so much to discover in the garden…looking closely at flowers and drawing/painting them, planting seeds, having a treasure hunt, blowing bubbles, making dens from old sheets or blankets, water fights etc.
If you are stuck for things to do over the summer holidays, Sun-Pat have put together an action-packed activity guide with plenty of advice on how to keep the kids active this summer.
The Sun-Pat Fuelling Families Guide features 42 cheap or free activities for kids over the summer as well as some yummy Sun-Pat recipes for simple and delicious snacks to fuel the whole family.
Sun-Pat is also offering families the chance to win one of 420 sports kits. Each one comes with a football, cricket set and skipping rope and is packaged in a convenient bag.
To enter to win one of these kits simply click here.
The concept behind the Sun-Pat Fuelling Families campaign is brilliant. Summer holidays can be really expensive, so the guide and sports kits will be hugely beneficial to families on a tight budget. Plus, as there’s 42 activities within the guide, there’s one for each day of the summer! Get outside and get active with your kids now!
One of the boys’ favourite free outdoor activities is to go on a bug hunt or leaf hunt. I try to make it fun by having the boys take photos of any leaves or insects they encounter and then matching them up to picture flashcards or recording findings in a book.
Another firm favourite is blowing bubbles. Sounds simple but it seriously is the most requested activity in my house and it costs next to nothing for supplies.
What will you be doing to keep the kids active this summer?