Summer is the perfect time to make memories with your children. The (mostly!) nice weather enables them to blow off steam and enjoy the summer. But if you don’t have a plan to keep the kids entertained in the summer holidays, they’ll end up bored and you’ll be a totally frazzled parent!
So if you’re wondering how an earth you can be organised enough to keep kids and parents happy over the summer period, here’s what you need to know.
Plan out a schedule for activities
If you want to keep the kids entertained, you’ll need to be organised, you need a plan. You don’t have to plan every minute of every day but opt to pencil in a few activities throughout the week. Children like to get involved if it involves planning things for them so why not look to include them in your planning session? They could help come up with ideas and create a colourful schedule to pin on the fridge, so everyone knows what’s planned.
Opt for theme days to keep the kids entertained
Theme days can work really well. They add a nice dynamic and also help minimise preparation, as you can batch similar activities together - such as Water Wednesday or Music Monday.
Have a backup plan for rainy days
It always pays to have a backup plan in place, especially with the unreliability of the British weather! So have a few activities on standby for if the weather turns. It could be a specific indoor activity or you could have a treasure chest of toys and games that only come out when you’re stuck indoors.
It’s ok to include a little screen time!
Just because the weather’s nice, doesn’t always mean children want to spend all their time outside. If you want to keep the kids entertained in the summer holidays, it doesn’t hurt to include a little screen time. They can use this time as a chillout space or quiet time, if you need a chillout time for yourself.
If in doubt, keep the kids entertained with a simple scavenger hunt
The great thing about a scavenger hunt is it doesn’t matter where you are or what the weather is doing! You can use things already in your garden (a flower bud or a leaf with a hole in) or hide things around a room or the house (such as a soft toy, a button etc). And even if you’re out and about, you can create an alphabet scavenger hunt, to keep the children entertained. You’ll just need to get a little creative with X, Y and Z!
Summer is the perfect time to make memories with your children. The nice weather means they can blow off steam and enjoy the weather. But if you want to make it easier on yourself, use the tips above to get a little organised.
Not only will it help ensure you can keep the kids entertained in the summer holidays, but it also means you can enjoy yourself and relax a little more, knowing it’s all organised ahead of time. And if you’re looking for a few ideas to help entertain the children, check out this post on how to make family summer memories