School holidays generally start at the end of July and the kids shouldn’t be back in education until some point in September. This means you’ve probably got a good six weeks of keeping the little ones entertained.
As we’ve already reported, each child staying at home over the school holidays can set you back about an extra £126 per week. As that’s a lot of money – and means the average family could be shelling out as much as £1,500 for the summer – we’ve identified ten low-cost ways to keep your kids busy:
Not to be confused with the Netflix show of the same name, position various items around your living room for a fun activity designed to burn through your little ones’ energy. After making sure the setting is safe, your kids need to cross from one end of the room to the other without touching the floor.
A kid’s imagination is a wonderful thing and they’re sure to enjoy the game!
Baking is a great activity the whole family can do together. It can be fun, recipes don’t need to cost much and – best thing of all – you’ll usually end up with something tasty at the end of it. In the process, you’ll also teach kids some baking recipes they’ll be sure to use in later life.
Although there’s something to be said for hiding objects around the house and creating a treasure map, have you considered a more high-tech version? Download the free geocaching app onto your phone and hunt for millions of caches left around by ordinary people throughout the UK. It can also be a good way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.
Board games are a big industry these days and some of the latest ones can actually be very expensive. Still, with a bit of creativity, it’s possible for you to make your own – or get the kids to design one.
With some coloured card, scissors, glue, and a variety of other materials, you and your children could create something which is great fun.
Similar to the ‘floor is lava’ idea, create an assault course out of any objects which can be jumped over, under, or run around. You can add a competitive edge by letting your kids time each other – while creating a leaderboard for the fastest times.
Whether it can be completed by bicycle, scooter, or on foot – we’re confident you can create a course which will at least keep your kids busy for a few minutes.
If you already have the camping gear available, then letting your children camp outside in the garden should keep them busy for a while. If you don’t have the gear, then create an indoor tent using whatever materials you have available. Building a little den out of blankets and some sofa cushions could be a great way to help your kids get creative.
Although there are lots of paid activities available for children over the holidays, it’s the free ones we’re really interested in. From museums to public libraries, there are lots of days out you can go on which won’t cost the world.
If you’re fortunate enough to live near a safe patch of coast, then you and your kids could effectively get a trip into the beach every day. As a bonus, swimming uses up a lot of energy so your children won’t be quite as active as they would be when they get home!
We all know how challenging it can be to get children to clean their rooms and, after all, who can blame them? When you’ve got a long holiday the last thing you probably want to do is clean a house. However, make it clear that anything they don’t need anymore may be put on eBay – with them getting a decent share of the profits.
This can also be a great way to teach your kids about finances – and get them to buy their toys for a change!
With almost every modern phone having built-in video cameras, it’s easier than ever to make a movie. From stop-motion to live-action, there are lots of clever little films your kids can make. If you have access to Lego, get them to build the sets as well!
If they choose, once edited and polished, their video can even be uploaded to websites such as YouTube. At the very least, grandparents will love seeing the movie your kids have put together.
No matter how hard you try, keeping your kids entertained can sometimes get expensive. If you’re worried about the strain your finances might come under during the school holidays, then let’s discuss how we can make things easier.
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