We don’t like to talk about it out loud but the ‘A’ word is just around the corner (that’s ‘autumn’, in case you don’t know). While us adults might have achieved our summer goals (get a tan, drink cocktails, relax, drink more cocktails), have you been keeping an eye on your kids’ summer bucket list? That is, the list of things all kids simply must do at least once during any sunny season to keep them from the dreaded holiday boredom. Get reading now while you’ve still got time to check them off!
Camp in the garden
What else are summers for if not being outside? If your little ones are struggling to sleep in the heat, you can always set up camp in the garden and turn it into a fun outdoors adventure. All you need is a tent, sleeping bags and a fire pit for storytime and marshmallow melting (only ever with adult supervision, obviously!)
Bonus points for getting them their own Wild West Wigwam.
Make a beetle hotel
We love all animals and we don’t see why pets, for example, should get super comfy beds while our six-legged friends get stuck outside in the rain. If your little one loves all things nature, why not help them build a bug hotel? It’s fun, helps out endangered bugs like bumblebees and is great for kids studying ecosystems and the environment at school.
Plant a garden
You know what else is good for bees? Planting lots and lots of beautiful flowers. Inspire little green fingers with a gardening day and let them choose and plant seeds in their very own little corner of the garden.
Wear a flower crown
You don’t have to be at Coachella to make use of those flowers to accessorise with either. Every little fairy princess and nature boy should have their very own flower crown; this tutorial uses silk flowers but we love the idea of using real ones from the garden.
Have their face painted
If you’ve yet to take the kids to a festival or summer fete then it’s highly likely that they haven’t had their face painted all summer. Rectify this immediately by ordering some face paints online and throwing a fancy dress garden party.
Fly a kite
Flying a kite is of the utmost importance during any summer. You can of course buy them quite easily but, for a really fun summer activity, why not help the kids make their own?
Flying it to the highest height is also very important.
Make DIY icepops
There’s nothing worse than bored kids on a sweltering day. Entertain yours and cool them down with a yummy homemade icepop workshop. You can use ready-made ice-lolly makers or simply pour your chosen mix into old yoghurt containers, add a lolly stick and then pop them in the freezer. Remember to get creative with ingredients; whether they love pieces of real fruit or frozen yoghurt, anything goes!
Put on an outdoor play
Everyone loves an outdoor theatre but tickets can often be extortionate. Luckily it’s pretty easy to organise your own entertainment when you have little performers in the house. From writing a story to making costumes and building a stage, this is one summer activity that will keep them occupied for days.
Have a beach day
Not everyone can afford a summer holiday so it’s a good job our green and pleasant land comes with plenty of its own beautiful beaches. From Blue Flag coastlines in the south to the sandy shores of lakes and rivers, it’s not too tricky to find a beach near you for a little staycation day. If your local landscape is letting you down, you can also check out this list of the UK’s best man-made beaches.
Make a beachcombing windchime
Once you’ve returned home from the beach, put all those collected shells, pebbles and bits of driftwood to good use by helping your little ones craft a beach-themed windchime.
It’s the perfect memento of a summer well spent.