Most schools in India are just weeks away from the start of school. While in Europe and America where babyT’s cousins live, the holidays are just around the corner. Yesterday we moms on our family Whatsapp group were discussing how the summer means absolute freedom & fun for the kids, but for us parents, it can be quite exhausting. After a messy year at the school where you are still learning how to remove ink stains from clothes (find out here) and keeping on top of feeding the hungry mouths & other housework while trying to find the right carpet stain remover to get stains off the carpet, you have to find a million ideas to entertain the kids too. All in all, it can get pretty tiring. We decided summer does not equal to fun for us moms. That’s when I decided to put together this list of 10 summer holiday activities that the whole family can enjoy.
- Take a bike ride
Going on bike rides is not only fun, it also gives your children that crucial time outdoors that they need. The exercise, too, will help them use up some energy and get to sleep better & earlier, which is always a bonus. Getting involved in any sport is great for the kids, my kids have Tennis Lessons in Dallas and really enjoy them!
Cook up some treats
Get in the kitchen when the summer days are too hot to be outside and cook up some tasty treats. Cooking is not only educational, it’s also very fun and you get to sample some delicious food – it’s an all-around win!
In an age of technology, sometimes it’s great to get the kids off their devices and switch off the TV, turning to more traditional entertainment. Board games are a great way to do this. You can spend time together as a family and teach your children some vital lessons in winning and losing.
Treasure hunt fun
If you’ve got lots of kids over, a treasure hunt can be a great way to keep them all entertained – and give you a good twenty minutes to sit and relax! Hide treats, such as sweets, around the house for the kids to find, or hide clues that lead them to one big prize.
There’s nothing like sitting down and drawing to keep children entertained, and it’s a really simple activity for parents to organise. Just make sure you have paper, colours, pens and know how to remove ink stains from clothes.
On the hot summer days, sometimes you really just need something to cool you all down. A water fight is a perfect answer!
You can use water-guns, balloons or anything else you can find to battle it out in your garden. Have fun, run about and let the cold water cool you all down.
If your kids are of reading age, set a summer challenge with them (you can include their friends if you want to make it a little more competitive).
Create a chart where they can add a sticker for each book they read and, if they get a certain number of stickers before summer ends, they can have a prize.
Get really messy with some outdoor art. Make sure your children are all wearing clothes that are okay to get ruined and lay out big sheets of paper in the garden, along with lots of paint and different tools for painting.
Then, step back and let them go wild!
Set up an inflatable pool in the garden to help kids cool down in the sun and keep them entertained. Add toys such as lots of colourful balls and you can even place a slide into the paddling pool for extra fun.
Set up an area in your garden where your kids can create their own vegetable patch or plant flowers. If you’ve found that your kids prefer to spend time outside during the summer, you may want to look to get furniture for your garden, so they are still able to enjoy the outdoors but have a place to rest when they get a little tired. Plus having garden furniture is great for outdoor parties. They can tend to the green space all summer; planting, watering and taking care of whatever they choose to grow. Not only in this a fun activity, it also teaches them about responsibility, which is essential as they grow up.
What other plans do you have to keep the kids busy this summer? Do drop in your ideas in the comments section here.