Five Interesting Home Activities To Do With The Kids This Summer
The summer is here, and soon the kids will be home from school looking for fun things to do. Whether they are heading off to a summer camp, or you’re all enjoying a holiday away, you will still have a few days left to entertain them. There are plenty of activities you can engage them with at home. Here are just a few of them to keep you going:
1. Sewing – Sewing, needlecraft, embroidery, and knitting are just some of the ways the kids can decorate or even create their own clothes. You can find reviews for the best embroidery machine or guides for learning to knit online quite easily. These are great rainy day activities, but also very hand skills to acquire. Who knows, it may even become a favorite hobby!
2. Healthy Snacks – Create your own pizzas, or whip up some fruit filled jellies. They are great ways to get the kids eating healthily over the summer. Pop all the different pizza topping vegetables in a pot so they can decorate their own bases. They might want to make a smiley face. For fruity jellies, cube the fruit and place in the jelly just before it starts to set. You can use sugar-free jello if you are looking to reduce their sugar intake too.
3. Air Drying Clay – This stuff is great for creative kids. As soon as it’s out of the packet, it’s ready to mold and sculpt into anything they fancy. You can set a theme, like jungle animals, and help them learn a little more about the wildlife they can find there. Use pictures and soft toys to help emulate the creatures they are sculpting. When it has dried, you can get out the paint brushes and decorate them. Finally, you have a little jungle scene to play with.
4. Sock Puppets – There may be a few socks ready to go in the bin now the kids are getting bigger. Why not decorate them to turn them into fun puppets? Add some googly eyes and felt eyelashes to create little characters for your very own puppet show. Recreate a story from a book, or take turns improvising what happens in your own tale. Use old cardboard boxes to create the little stage and take your places. Now all you need is an audience!
5. Obstacle Course – For very active kids on a dry day, why not set up some obstacles for a fun race. Race against the clock to complete tasks and overcome obstacles in the garden. Alternatively, set up a treasure hunt indoors, leaving cryptic clues around the house for the kids to find. The end prize could be a new game, or a DVD to watch. Clues could be hidden in closets, under the sofa, and even in the fridge!
Keeping the kids entertained needn’t be a chore. Instead, it can be great fun for all of you. It may even lead to new hobbies and interests. Who knows, this year’s embroidery project could become an annual family tradition!
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