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20 Ideas to Keep the Kids Busy for School Holidays

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School finishes for summer around now so I thought I would make a list of ideas to keep the kids busy for school holidays. It can be a struggle keeping the kids occupied and entertained at the best of times, so hopefully you can use this list when you need inspiration. I know I will be referring to it regularly so save this for later if you are in need of some sanity-saving suggestions!

1 Go to a nearby beach, lake or pool to spend a morning or afternoon. You will probably meet other parents there so it can be good to socialise. The kids will be worn out and hopefully have a nap, freeing up some time for you or at least they will probably go to bed earlier in the evening.

2. Head to a playground or play centre. You can grab a coffee and let them run wild while you relax on the sidelines if you’re lucky. You can always join in if you’re feeling energetic!

3. Arrange going for a nice walk. Bring some snacks and drinks along and see if any of the other parents want to join with their kids. Then you can have a leisurely chat while the kids play entertain each other.

4. Arrange a play date. Either you can go along and catch up with the parent/s or take it in turns to mind each others kids. Works either way.

5. Set up a little craft station with cardboard, pipe cleaners, paper plates, coloured paper, cotton wool, PVA glue, etc. Let them use their imagination to make things or else find some ideas on Pinterest. There are tonnes of kids craft ideas on there if you wan to help them with it.

6. Have plain paper, paintbrushes and washable paints handy. They can be a perfect way to keep the kids occupied and entertained without you needing to watch over them the whole time. You can probably manage to get some housework done at the same time or make dinner.

painting paper plates

7. Give them blankets, sheets and pillows or cushions to build a fort with some dining chairs. Kids love building their own big tent, we all did! Once you don’t mind your living room being taken over. Or else do it in the back garden.

8. Use a sheet of tarpaulin to create a slip-slide in the garden. Once it is on a slant, put down the sheet of tarpaulin, use some washing up liquid to cover it and use the hose or buckets of water to make it slippery. Slip-slides are a great low cost fun way to entertain the kids on a hot day.

9. Get the kids to help water the flowers or plants. It keeps them busy and they can be out in the fresh air while helping you. They can learn planting at the same time if you want to show them. Here is a blog post on planting projects with kids, even if you don’t have a garden.

10. Sports. If there are sports groups/teams in your area why not sign the kids up to ones they enjoy? They will be entertained and you can relax and socialise with other parents. If not, you could bring them to the park or play sports in the garden. 

11. Go to the zoo or aquarium. It is a fun day out for everyone. Make sure to stock up on snacks or bring a picnic. See if you can pay online ahead of time to avoid queues if possible.

12. Go to the cinema or put on a good kids movie at home. Popcorn, snacks and drinks will keep them well entertained and quiet for a couple of hours. Here are some kids animated movies worth watching in 2018.

13. Board games. It is good to have a few board games lying around once they are old enough to use them. If not, puzzles for their age group. You can find them cheap at charity shops and garage sales.

14. Arrange a treasure hunt. Hide things around the garden and house and give them a list of clues. If you feel like going outdoors give Geocaching a try. Fun!

15. Bake some treats. Kids love helping to bake yummy treats. Pick some recipes that are easy for kids to help with and keep them handy. Stock up on the ingredients so you have it all ready.

16. Go to local fairs, carnivals and markets. It is a good way to pass time and keep the kids amused. You can usually do it on the cheap so no need to spend a fortune.

carnival ride

17. Go on a nature walk. Collect pine cones and pretty rocks or whatever. Then bring them home and paint them or make crafts with them. See examples of crafts here.

18. Have a water fight with water guns or just fill used washing up liquid bottles with water on a hot day and send the kids into the back garden to have fun. We used to love that as kids!

19. Make water balloons and muck around in the garden. Great fun! Beats watching tv or playing the computer any day.

20. Make an obstacle course in the garden. A bit of imagination goes a long way. You can time them or they can time each other with a stop watch. Great exercise too!

So those are 20 ideas to keep the kids busy for school holidays. I hope they come in handy for you and help keep them entertained. It is good to have them outdoors enjoying themselves rather than stuck to the tv, phone or computer. It can be hard to come up with ideas on the spot when they come to us looking for suggestions. The usual “I’m bored” or general whining can get really overwhelming sometimes!

With this list you are armed with some cool ideas to keep them busy for the school hols and also save you from losing the plot haha!

Hope you have a great summer. Enjoy 🙂

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