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4 Easy Summer-Fun Activities (That Don’t Cost The Earth)

The summer holidays are now on the horizon, so it is probably time to start making plans for the break. Grab your calendar and mark on any holidays or days out you already have booked in, and then you can start the planning. The chances are that there will be the odd appointment thrown in there, so ensure that you work around those and be sure to pencil fun activities in straight after that dental check up. These needn’t cost the earth, as here are 4 easy summer fun activities that you can enjoy with your family.


Have fun in the garden

Throw open the back door and get outside enjoying the fresh air. You might set up games out there, kick a ball around, play with chalk and draw on the fence or paths, have a nature hunt, get involved in planting and gardening or blow bubbles, really the list is endless. You can be as inventive as you want, and your kids are bound to come up with some really fun ideas.

Book in playdates

A playdate is always such good fun, catching up with friends and family. It gives you a chance to have a chat whilst everyone else is having fun and playing. You know how these best work for your children and who their favourite people are. You might want to mix things up and arrange to meet some friends at a local park or soft play, or have some over for lunch. It’s worth spreading them out over the weeks as it can feel a bit much if they are all on top of each other!

Have a picnic

This is always a sure-fire hit, and it simply involves preparing lunch but eating it somewhere different! Grab a bag and fill it with sandwiches, savouries, fruit and drinks and remember to pack that blanket and you are all set. You could make for your local park, the coast or you can even just have it at home in the garden. If it rains, don’t be put off, as indoor picnics are just as much fun. It seems that there’s something about eating on a blanket on the floor that just makes lunch a thousand times more interesting.

Build up to a big treat

Is there something that your children are really keen to do? It might be a family day out to the beach building sandcastles, a trip to the zoo or a round of mini golf, just have a chat with them and see what they come up with. This can then be something that they are rewarded with towards the end of the break for good behaviour or perhaps for helping you out around the home. You could use reward systems similarly to the TokensFor systems that your children are likely to use at their school, where they can pop credits into a jar and once its full, they get their big treat. This will be something for everyone to look forward to and should ensure a fun end to the break.


What do you enjoy doing with your children over the summer? Let me know in the comments!


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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