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The summer months are a testing time for any parent. Your children have just so much free time that you might find yourself at a loss when deciding how to fill it. Another problem that you may have come across is that children’s activities are expensive. During the summer, attractions tend to be more expensive than in the rest of the year. Business owners take advantage of the fact that you need to entertain your children, and so hike up the prices to make an extra profit. Of course, you can take your children to the odd theme park or adventure golf, but what about the rest of the time? Here are five interesting ways that you can keep your children busy this summer.
1. Go Camping In Your Own Home
If you have camping equipment then a great way to keep the children busy is to use it. You don’t have to go on a trip or a holiday to use your camping stuff; you can use it in your home right now. Pitching a tent in your living room and pretending that you and your children are camping out in the wild is a lot of fun. Children love to play pretend and with this activity you have to make the entertainment. Help your children to put the tent up, as this will teach them some valuable life skills. Sleep in a tent at night and pretend that there are wild animals or even dinosaurs lurking outside. Your children will love that you are playing an imaginary game with them.
2. Make Play-Doh Balloons
If you have some Play-doh from when your children were young, then you can use it to make brand new toys. Get some different colored balloons and put the Play-doh inside them. Tie the ends of the balloons and make sure that they are tight. You and your children can make faces on the new balloon heads using felt tip pens. Your children will adore this project because they get to be creative. The can play with the balloon heads after and even put on a show.
3. A Simple Craft Project
Children love to get creative in any way that they can. A fabulous way to keep your children busy during the summer is to give them a craft project to do. You can buy various card making kits online, which are an ideal way to keep the little ones entertained. Give your children a time limit to complete the project, whilst you get on with some housework. Say you need to do the laundry, tell your children that they have an hour to finish the cards and that you’ll be back to judge them then. Making the project a timed affair means the children will get invested in the crafts and want to excel in a short period.
4. Create A Garden Hammock
A hammock is the ideal garden accessory for the summer. Children love playing on hammocks and using them as swings. You and your children can create a garden hammock using some old material or a net and some string. You will need to find a safe place to hang your hammock in the garden. Trees make ideal hammock posts, but if your garden doesn’t have trees, you can pitch posts using wooden sticks. Use the string to tie the material to the posts or trees. You and your children will have a wonderful time taking turns on the hammock in the garden.
5. Make A Memory Box
A fantastic way to bond with your children whilst keeping them entertained this summer is to make a memory box. Get a good quality box from a trinket store and decorate the outside of it. You might want to paint it a bold color or make hand prints of you and your children on the outside of it. Make sure that the decoration is individual to you and your family. Tell your children to write notes to their future selves to put in the memory box and do the same yourself. Find trinkets and photographs to put in the box as well. You and your children can have some great fun taking photos for the box. When you have completed the memory box write the date on it. Hide the box away somewhere safe and set a date to take it out and look at it. Five years from now you and your children can look at the box and see how much you have all changed.