I love summer, kids love summer even Olaf loves summer and he’s a snowman. When I think back to summer holidays as a boy I remember all the fun days I had playing outside. Here’s a few ideas for free fun activities to keep your little ones busy this summer.
This is easy and cheap, all you need is a book and a nice walk. The Forestry Commission have done a few themed walks around Julia Donaldson books, but you can invent your own. As you are walking you simply read the book and encourage your children to use their imagination to act out the story as they go along. ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’, ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom’ all work well. Trying to find bows, wands and hats in the undergrowth will keep you all busy for a few hours.
I always remember when my brother got a Super Soaker 5000 for his birthday; I got a water fight whooping that year. It was always great fun though! Water fights are easy to set up and as long as you have them outside there shouldn’t be any mess. You can use plastic cups, old (cleaned) spray bottle or the water pipe to have a fun water fight. You could even go all out and set up bases and try to capture the flag.
Go to The Park
It’s simple, it’s easy and it’s free. Most parks have a variety of activities available these days but if you’re struggling you could feed the ducks, set the world skimming stones record or just play on the Adventure Playground. Most town parks have a water feature so if the weather’s nice make sure you take a swimming costume and a towel.
Another free and easy choice. Each summer there is a Summer Reading Challenge. This year it’s ‘The Big Friendly Read’ celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl. The challenge is to read 6 books over the summer. If you go to your local library and sign up there’s lots of freebies and information.
You can find out more here: http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
Make A Den
We made so many dens as boys, some with blankets in our bedroom, some with pallets and nails in the wood. If you’re feeling really adventurous you could build a den in your garden and try camping outside for the night.
There you go, 5 free things to do this summer. I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful summer.