With Spring approaching, the days are getting longer, and people are feeling more hopeful after the long Covid winter. There is a sprinkling of optimism in the air as thoughts of summers outside begin to land. Yet, at the same time, these long summers also mean a lot of time to fill with your kids. Not that this is a bad thing, but it is worth preparing lots of great activities to keep you and your little ones entertained.
First things first, it is important to prepare for these summer months and order supplies early. Lots of water and snacks will be needed, as well as a dressing-up kit, rewards, and craft supplies. Thrift stores can be your best allies for all sorts of items. Similarly, if you need first aid refills, it is worth getting these in before the summer starts. Chances are, with being outside more, you are going to need plenty of first-aid essentials to help you see it through.
There is nothing like exploring the dressing-up box for fantastic outfits and then delving into a magical world. Dress up play gives children plenty of room to engage their imaginations and creativity. They are able to create outfits out of an assortment of clothing items, for example, red noses, waistcoats, capes, wigs, scarves, odd shoes, long socks, etc.
Why not make it world book day every day with a fun prompt. Ask your kids to dress up as their favorite character from their favorite book. It is amazing to see the ideas that they come up with. With the warmer nights ahead, children can bask in their outfits all day long.
It's 10 am on a Saturday morning, and your children seem listless and out of sorts. Why not treat them to a treasure hunt? Using pictures and objects from around the house, garden and neighborhood, you can create a really engaging treasure hunt at a low cost. To do this, you will need to get a collection of objects and hide them in specific locations around the house and garden. Once you have hidden the objects, you can give your child a list of items that they have to find. Each object will havea corresponding number to a prize, so once found it, they will get a reward. There are many variations of scavenger hunts that can be tailored to children's age and abilities. The best thing is that you do not need much at all, and they can be pretty inexpensive. All you need to do is encourage your children to get outside.
Pass the Parcel
An oldie but a goodie, pass the parcel is always a lot of fun. This British party game is available to all ages and very entertaining. If you need to spruce up the game with more creative ideas, why not add a riddle or task to each layer of the parcel. These tasks can vary in difficulty while encouraging kids to think on their feet.
Once you are prepared and have a couple of activities under your belt, you will undoubtedly have a fantastic summer. Nothing beats being outdoors with the family.