Top Four: Ideas for keeping your kids entertained this summer

Trying to lure our kids away from the temptation of their favourite technology is easier said than done. But if we give them some interesting options to do instead, then we might just stand a chance! So with this in mind, here are a few ideas to help you keep your kids busy this summer…

In the age of portable handheld video games, touchscreen tablets and on-demand TV shows aimed purely at kids, it seems the easiest way of keeping your children entertained comes in the form of modern technology. Gone are the days of playing in the park for hours on end – instead our children would rather spend their summer holidays lodged indoors with their eyes glued to a screen.

We understand of course – trying to lure our kids away from the temptation of their favourite technology is easier said than done. But if we give them some interesting options to do instead, then we might just stand a chance! So here are a few ideas to help you keep your kids busy this summer…

family riding bikesGet them active outdoors

Just like us, our kids need to find the fun in fitness in order to fully immerse themselves into it. That means finding new and exciting ways to enjoy being active – and in the summer, with the sun on our side, the many active outdoor pursuits can provide just that.

Take them camping

If you’re keen to head off for a few days with the family in tow, but not up for a trip abroad, then make the most of our lovely isle’s countryside and book in at one of the UK many great camping sites. A little camping break will give your kids a few days away from the TV, and out in the fresh air, and an excuse to busy themselves with leisurely hikes, mountain biking or a spot of canoeing.

And if you love the outdoors, but the thought of spending a night in the open air with no mod cons and dingy shower blocks breaks you out in a sweat (you’re not alone!), then switch it up for a spot of glamping (otherwise known as glamorous camping). The options available to us now include renting teepees, yurts and pristine lodges, many equipped with full-size beds, showers and even cookers, so you can focus your attention on making the most of time spent with your family.

Take them on an adventure

Worried about the prospect of attempting to keep your little ones amused for six weeks in a row without spending a fortune on adventure parks and fun activities? We hear you! But not to fear, there are lot’s of free adventure trails and activities that will help you to keep your kids entertained throughout the summer months. Find your local forest trail here: https://www.forestry.gov.uk/visit

Learn a new skill

Getting your kids involved in something they’ve never done before could help them to spark a passion and create a new hobby for them – and one that doesn’t involve a computer screen! Try out one of these:

Gardening – Let’s face it, the thought of weeding isn’t exactly going to lure many kids away from those computer screens, but get them involved in a garden project, or give them their own patch they can grow fruits or veggies in, and you may well find they’re more than happy to get involved. Plus, the reward they’ll get from seeing their work come to fruition will keep them coming back for more.

Crafting – Do you remember your mum or grandma teaching you to sew as a young girl? Or perhaps you learnt to knit, or create handmade cards or jewellery? Reignite your own passions by teaching your kids a new craft – or use the summer as an excuse to learn one together!

Cooking – It’s important for our kids to learn the importance of eating well, and getting your kids to help out in the kitchen is a great way of getting them excited about different foods. So why not help them along the way by teaching them a few simple cooking skills. Let them help you to prepare a family dinner, or get them learning how to bake a few healthy, but delicious treats.