We still have a week left before the holidays but it doesn’t hurt to get sorted in advance so you are ready to go when the kids break up.
Summer is often a bit temperamental here in the North of England but we are ever hopeful so here are some activities to try out with the kids in the summer holidays and on the off chance that the weather decides it is not prepared to play ball I have included a few indoor goodies too.
Sponge Water Bombs from Our family of Seven
Lets start off with an optimistic outdoor good weather activity.
To be fair this counts as indoor and outdoor because you could make the sponge water bombs inside on a rainy day and be ready to go at the first glimpse of sun … it’s definitely up there somewhere.
Depending on the amount of use these sponges get you might manage to squeeze in a few repeat battles.
Remember to tell the kids not to aim at anyone’s face and then enjoy the fun.
Visit Our family of Seven for instructions.
Dino Garden from Bub Hub
We’ve all seen fairy gardens but this dinosaur version is a cool twist using plants which look like a prehistoric forest for your mini toy dinos to roam through.
You can go for cactus and succulents to produce a more rugged look but if it’s not a particularly hot summer you can just use anything that takes your fancy.
You could also use herbs to plant up your garden and this will make it extra fun as you can put the herbs in your cooking then too.
Check out Bub Hub for more inspiration.
Garden Mosaic Stone from Intimate Weddings
I broke a special mug recently so this caught my eye as it is a great way to preserve the pieces and have fun making something new.
I think this would make a lovely gift for the kids to make and give to their grandparents for a birthday or Christmas present so you could even get a head start on your Christmas list while you are entertaining the kids in the summer holidays.
Visit Intimate Weddings to see how to make the featured garden stone.
Make A Terrarium from Climate Kids NASA
If the weather is unrelenting and the kids are bouncing off the walls why not try a spot of indoor gardening?
Making this terrarium will provide plenty of entertainment value while you plan it, shop for the parts, put it together, look after it and watch it grow.
Fly over to Climate Kids NASA for more info.
Pet Rocks from Living Well Mom
This is a great activity for all ages … if your little one is old enough to hold a paint brush they can make their own pebble pet meanwhile if the grandparents are doing the child care this summer they will love this too.
There’s plenty of inspiration over at Living Well Mom but you can just let your imagination run free.
If you want durable rocks then use acrylic paint however if you are keeping the finished stones in your house and all you have is basic paints then give those a whirl instead.
Googly eyes are a lot of fun and high street stores, like The Works or the pound shops, will have a supply for you to buy however if you are crafting on a budget use a Sharpie marker which will still look effective.
DIY Wind Chimes from Crafts By Courtney
If it is a lovely day the kids can sit outside to make this pretty wind chime otherwise they can make it indoors and decide where they might put it so that they are ready to pop out and hang it up when the weather improves.
You might not want to buy beads but you can use bits and bobs you have around or in your craft stash. I think this would be sweet made from empty cotton reels which will give a satisfying noise when they bang together. You could paint the cotton reels with acrylics to brighten them up.
Read more about the pretty beaded wind chimes at Crafts By Courtney.
For further inspiration, and chimes suitable for younger children, visit Sugar Spice And Glitter.
Mason Jar Fairy Lantern from Pixie Hill
I have included this fairy lantern because the finished jar will be the perfect addition to a summer barbecue or those times when the kids are in the garden making the most of sunny evenings.
You have choices here. If you are a crafter you might be able to make your own fairy die cuts. You could print out a fairy silhouette that you find on the internet or you could buy pre cut fairies from eBay.
Take note of the tutorial and resist the temptation to cover the whole jar in glitter as this will dull the glow.
Mason jars are very popular in some countries and there are lots of craft tutorials with ideas using them but I’ve got my eye on a pickled onion jar in the fridge which will be just the job after a good wash out.
Remember to use a battery operated tea light in your lantern … we don’t want any scorched fairies do we.
If you head over to Pixie Hill you can see the instructions to make this enchanting lantern which include a You Tube tutorial.
Why not check out our Floral And Patchwork themed section for summery style bedding inspiration.