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101 Frugal Activities To Keep Kids Entertained In The Summer Holidays

The school summer holidays can often be a time of dread for many parents. As a mum of 4, I know that the key to beating boredom, stress and fights is to plan the days well ahead so that we have something to do every day of the 6 weeks. Below I have put together 101 activities that are suitable for the whole family and should either be free or cost very little.

So get outside (even if it is wet) and have fun!

  1. Plant a herb garden
  2. Make a bug hotel
  3. Paint rocks – our local town paints and hides rock for us all to find. See if your town does similar. If not, create your own group!
  4. Sow lettuce
  5. Go blackberry picking
  6. Make mud pies
  7. Join the library summer reading challenge
  8. Learn a dance
  9. Make a bird bath
  10. Create a puppet show
  11. Make book marks- perfect to use during your summer reading challenge!
  12. Have a DIY photoshoot
  13. Make a movie
  14. Sketch the view
  15. Make sock puppets
  16. Make sun catchers
  17. Go bird spotting
  18. Create a scavenger hunt
  19. Make junk models
  20. Sow flower seeds
  21. Make salt dough
  22. Create leaf prints
  23. Make a button necklace
  24. Create leaf and pinecone bunting
  25. Record some music
  26. Make a collage from magazine cutouts
  27. Create a maze
  28. Have a water fight
  29. Play a football match
  30. Have a cake stall in your front garden
  31. Clear out the toy box
  32. Donate the toys to charity
  33. Make musical instruments
  34. Wash the car
  35. Sew bunting
  36. Make a fairy den
  37. Invent a machine
  38. Create a terrarium
  39. Go fishing – or magnet fishing is fun!
  40. Take tree bark rubbings
  41. Go litter picking
  42. Pick the weeds
  43. Plant a tree
  44. Bath the dog
  45. Chalk drawings on the pavements
  46. Play a new board game
  47. Have a Fashion Show
  48. Create a circus
  49. Upcycle some furniture
  50. Redecorate your bedroom
  51. Paint a plant pot
  52. Learn to knit or crochet
  53. Make a wormery
  54. Go to the market
  55. Invent a smoothie
  56. Learn to ride a bike
  57. Make a robot
  58. Go on the train/bus/tram
  59. Learn about something in history
  60. Make paper hats/planes/boats
  61. Have a go at Whittling
  62. Go star gazing
  63. Watch the Sun set
  64. Sleep in a tent in your garden
  65. Make a tiny wildlife pond
  66. Hatch sea monkeys
  67. Go fossil hunting
  68. Go pond dipping
  69. Make a den
  70. Build a hedgehog house
  71. Visit your local RSPB
  72. Go on a hike
  73. Make pompoms and turn them into something cool
  74. Visit an airport and watch the planes
  75. Have a bake-off
  76. Have a pamper session
  77. Create a rockery
  78. Make handprints in salt dough and bake to make a keepsake
  79. Choose a new houseplant
  80. Jump in puddles
  81. Take a walk in the woods
  82. Create your own magazine
  83. Make your own music festival
  84. Make a teepee from garden canes and bedsheets
  85. Learn yoga
  86. Make a kite
  87. Visit the beach- and collect litter
  88. Write a letter to your favourite actor or popstar
  89. Make icelollies
  90. Have a huge declutter
  91. Visit a free museum
  92. Throw a friendship party
  93. Create a dolls house
  94. Make a leaf mandala
  95. Watch bats at dusk
  96. Visit an animal sanctuary
  97. Make a treasure hunt and follow maps
  98. Look for geocaches
  99. Press flowers
  100. Make a stop-motion movie
  101. Take part in The Big Butterfly Count

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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