The summer season is upon us and we’ve come up with some fun activities for you to do as a family. If your kids have been stuck inside since lockdown began, this is the perfect opportunity to try something new together.
Go glamping in the living room
Camping can be so much fun, but it can also be too cold even in the summer time to go outside for the night. The perfect solution is to try glamping at home in the living room or wherever you have enough space. You can set up a makeshift camp using rugs, blankets, cushions, or even set up a small tent. Add a touch of magic by stringing up fairy lights and even take turns telling scary stories with a torch. Don’t forget the delicious snacks! We suggest popcorn, marshmallows and fresh homemade lemonade.
Create a painted rock treasure hunt
Time for some arts and crafts, with a hint of exploring! Head out with the kids on a walk and find smooth rocks that you can easily paint on. When you’re back at home, you can get some acrylic paint and start creating fun designs on the rocks. Make them as bright and colourful as possible to match the summer spirit. Maybe even make them look like their favourite animals, such as a fox or hedgehog. Once the paint is dry, head outside and hide the rocks among nature before sending the kids out to find them. Whoever finds the most gets a prize!
Make homemade playdough
Playdough is perfect for creative minds and the possibilities are endless. Instead of buying some, why not try creating your own playdough? We found an easy recipe that allows you to customize it in many ways such as adding colour or sparkles.
- 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (add in increments until it feels just right)
- Gel food colouring(optional)
- Few drops glycerine(helps to make it stretch and shine!)
- Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil in a large mixing bowl
- Add food colouring to the boiling water, then add into the dry ingredients
- Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
- Add the glycerine (optional)
- Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. *This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
- If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right
Recipe source: The Imagination Tree
Explore nature and become a detective
There is so much to discover in the great outdoors. You can even use an app to help you identify flowers, trees and animals which are native to the British woodlands. A great example is the Woodland Trust’s British Tree Identification app. However, you can also create your own scavenger hunt where you try and spot things while exploring outside. It will keep the kids occupied for hours and allow you all to get some fresh air.
Why not go on a hunt for Mini Beasts? Download our printable here.
Go stargazing and identify stars
Stargazing is one of the best ways to connect with nature and the world around us. Gather the kids for a night of stargazing in the back garden and see how many constellations you can spot. There are many apps that can help with this and you can even create your own stargazing event to make the night special for the kids.