Last year was tough, especially for kids who live to get outside and have fun. If we’ve been taught anything, it’s to have some tricks up our sleeves to keep the kids occupied – whether indoors or outdoors. So, let’s take a look at our top tips for entertaining kids in summer.
Baking (and not just banana bread)
Everyone loves cake, right? Whatever your age, the whole family can have fun making their favourite treats together, enjoying the messy process and the yummy result. Not only that, baking is also a great way to sneakily introduce some key cooking skills to your kids from an early age.
Life’s a picnic
Make lunchtime that little bit more interesting with a picnic in your local park – or even the back garden. Packing up the picnic basket can also be a fun bonding moment, too. And don’t forget the frisbee!
As we know, it’s not always sunny in summer. If the weather is looking a bit bleak, there’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned movie night.
Whether it’s a simple kickabout or some home-made quoits, there are a huge variety of lawn games that all ages can enjoy. There’s nothing stopping you from getting creative and making up your own. If regular lawn games are a common event in your family, you might want to make sure that your garden is looking its best, especially if you’re having family members visit to join in – and while you’re at it, make sure your fence doesn’t have any gaps or holes in the interests of protecting the safety of young children or animals.
Grow your own food
We’re all so used to pre-packed foods from supermarkets, that some children may be unaware of exactly where their food comes from or how it’s grown. Connect your kids with these natural processes by creating a home vegetable patch or allotment area. Taking the time to plant, nurture and harvest food can teach your kids valuable lessons about patience, the seasons, nature and nutrition.
If you’ve got a bit of time spare, designing a treasure hunt, complete with prizes and clues, is always sure to be popular with the youngsters. Highly entertaining and requiring a bit of teamwork and brainpower, treasure hunts offer plenty of benefits – and are easy to set up indoors if the weather is rainy.
Take them on a trip out – fairs, gardens, biking
A few places are opening back up this year, so why not check out any local events or attractions that you can safely attend, such as fairs, bike trails or even a National Trust property?
Go berry picking
Tis the season for blackberries and strawberries, so take the family out for some foraging to help reconnect them with the countryside. And don’t forget to have a delicious recipe lined up to use up your fresh ingredients.
Create an assault course
Assault courses are a great way to get active and have fun. Let your kids’ creativity run wild and see what quirky obstacles they come up with to challenge each other.
Give your garden a magical playhouse
There’s nothing that kindles the imagination more than a garden playhouse. Here, your kids can have their very own sanctuary in the garden – a place that one day might be a dragon’s lair, and the next a spooky castle. A house to call their own will not only keep them entertained all year round, but is also a superb way to encourage them to get outside and get their vitamin D. Built with sturdy materials and a watertight roof, a spot of rainy weather won’t stop their outdoor playtime either.
Searching for a dream playhouse for your kids? Here at Harrow Fencing, we supply and install garden playhouses, summerhouses and fencing to make the sunny season that little bit more enjoyable. We serve families across the Harrow, Hillingdon and surrounding London areas – get in touch to discuss your ideas.