SUMMER HOLIDAYS. Kids love ‘em and Parents dread ‘em.
With so much spare time and restless energy to manage, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and under-prepared!
The Mums and Dad’s at Bubblebum have found that although there’s no shortage of summer activity recommendations online, they’re not always very easy or realistic for overstretched parents!
Luckily, we’ve thought of an abundance of fun and practical things to do because we’re truly passionate about understanding and taking the stress out of family life!
Some activities may require more creativity than others but they’re all designed to overcome the biggest summer conundrum…the problematic weather conditions! So no matter if it’s too hot, too wet or too windy, BubbleBum have got you covered.
1) Two walls, one very long yarn of wool. Cut up and tape (masking tape) at different angles and heights. Think spiderman’s web, think instant laser obstacle course!
2) Take to the dry pavement with multi-coloured chalk! A Great way to inspire a bit of creativity, and as soon as the (inevitable) rain comes, it all washes away.
3) Rainy day Movie marathon – Disney Days are always the best. Popcorn is mandatory! – try some frozen grapes too! Yummy
4) A Sunday morning scavenger hunt in a park or nearby wood. It requires a little forward thinking in way of clues and novelty prizes but with a bit of team work it’ll all be worth it when you see all those little eyes light up. You could even get a few parents together and split into teams!
5) Water and kids is a match made in heaven! Water guns, water balloons or even a garden hose have the potential for endless amounts of laughter. Alternatively you could fill up the paddling pool and get the bath toys out…or even wash the dog!
6) Don’t underestimate the power of the park. Whether it’s a swing race with Dad or half an hour spent perfecting the monkey bars with mum, there won’t be one audiable complaint!
7) Write a letter to someone you know in a different country and include a drawing. Pen friends are a great summer past time.
8) Starting a scrapbook to keep all of all your summer memories together. It will also need to be regularly updated. Think weekly crafty Tuesday mornings. Bliss.
9) Go on a picnic! Alfresco summer dining can be cheap and cheerful and it’s always a well spent hour or two. Jam sandwiches have never tasted so good. (Plus you can get help with the prep and packing! Added bonus)
10) Beach combing – it’s amazing what little curiosities you can find on your local beach! Whether its sea glass or anemones, there’s plenty to see, discover and learn on our beautiful seas and shores.
11) Should the summer choose to behave as it should and bless us with a bit of sunshine camping is a great idea for all the family! You don’t even have to leave home! Set up a tent in your back garden for the added bonus of a flushing toilet!
12) A summer get-together is never complete without a giant skipping rope ‘skip off’. Kids and adults alike will love it. Fit and active fun! (Any DIY store will sell long pieces of rope)
13) Build a pillow fort – the more pillows the better, fairy lights and blankets are added bonuses for a magical movie experience, complete with oreos and milk maybe?
14) Baking a cake can be too messy and time consuming! Why not make some marshmallow pops ? Load a skewer with a couple of fluffy treats and dip into melted chocolate. Fill a few bowls with different toppings such as sprinkles and crushed m&m’s and dip the marshmallow pops in for an individualised no fuss feast.
15) Create a family time capsule together. Get the kids to each pick a photo (make copies) and choose a small momento to go with it. Burry them in a decorated shoe box somewhere easily accessible so you can go back to in 5 years and rediscover some forgotten treasured memories.
16) Have a mini spa afternoon. Little girls will love it! Try a a natural mud mask and cut some cucumber for over your eyes. Maybe apply a bit of blue eyeshadow to Dad, style Mum’s hair and paint each others nails. You can incorporate it into bath time too!
17) Friendship bracelets are a summer tradition. Great for boys and girls alike. Matching bracelets are very important for best friends. The whole neighbourhood will soon be looking for some!
18) Twister – never underestimate a classic. Lots of laughs for everyone involved.
19) Sandcastle building – hours of fun with a bucket and spade. Even better when you come prepared with cocktail umbrellas, pipe cleaners and marbles – Remember to take it all with you again when you’re finished so you can save them for another day and keep the beach lovely and tidy.
20) Feed the local ducks – an oldie but a goldie. The more grandparents the sweeter the memory.
21) Make personalised t-shirts with a pack of waterproof sharpies. Oversized ones mean more room to draw. They also make great summer pyjamas and personalised gifts!
22) Find some old wallpaper and cut a few large life size strips. Masking tape them blank side up against the wall as near to the floor as possible. Help each other draw around the outline of your bodies. Try and draw the person who owns the outline or someone else in the family. Don’t forget to take a picture!
23) Send a message in a bottle, throw it out to sea and wait to see if anyone responds.
24) Flying a kite. Simple and spectacular fun.
25) Dress up for the cinema! Home made costumes are always the best and they can be an ongoing project or an earlier Halloween outfit. Princesses, Pirates and little Minions love the cinema!
26) Barbie doll spa day – a shampoo and a good scrub. No woman wants crayon on her face for 3 months. Poor Barbie!…Requires sunshine.
27) Go star gazing – wrap up warm, take a few blankets and make some hot chocolate in a flask. Check the forecast for a starry night or a full moon. Cuddle up close and enjoy.
28) Stress heads made from flour and balloons, googly eyes and marker pens…You might want to make these earlier on in the summer.
29) Mars bar rice crispie cakes– a twist on a classic. Same process as normal rice crispie cakes using melted mars bars. Add little Mars chunks to the mix post melting for added deliciousness!
30) Decorate white canvas shoes with waterproof sharpies for some fancy footwear that will be the envy of friends and relatives.
31) Raid the dress up closet, gather up some props and have a Silly home photo shoot. Let everyone take a few photos, taking turns to be the model and the photographer. Family Photo gold!
32) Keep an art box topped up to make crafty birthday cards, thankyou’s and get well wishes.
33) Check out your local Library and see what time their storytelling sessions are. A great opportunity for you and the kids to meet and make new friends.
34) Make banana ice cream – 1 ingredient for healthy and happy kids – Cover a tray with tin foil, slice 4 over ripe bananas and cover the tray. Leave in the freezer for 20 minutes and transfer them into a blender. Blitz. Stop and scrape the contents off the side. Repeat until a smooth ice cream consistency has been achieved. Put into a bowl and cover with a topping of your choice!
35) Invite family and friends around for a family quiz night. More people means more fun! Think of your own questions for added value and all round family inclusion (toddler’s and grand dad’s!). Winners could also get a hand made trophy made earlier on in the day.