School vacations seem to come around constantly in the UK. This means that families from all over the country are left wondering what they can do to keep their kids entertained and happy in those days away from education, without breaking the bank. While there are plenty of expensive ways to keep the youngsters busy out there, from going to the cinema, to buying tickets for a local theme park, the truth is that most of us simply don’t have the cash to spend on high-priced entertainment options. With that in mind, here are just a few inexpensive ways that you can have fun with your kids during the school holidays.
Get Everyone In The Kitchen
If you want to entertain your children and provide them with an important life skill at the same time, then you can’t go wrong with spending a few extra hours in the kitchen. There are plenty of simple recipes available online that you can use to make everything from mini pizzas to cookies. This is a great way to inspire your kids to do something creative with their time off, and it also means that you can teach your youngsters important lessons about food hygiene, and healthy eating too. You could even work together on creating your very own family recipe book.
Get Some Exercise
One of the most important things you can do for your child these days is make sure that they’re getting plenty of movement and activity into their daily schedule. It’s far too easy for youngsters to spend all of their time sitting on the couch, and not enough time out in the open world. With that in mind, sign everyone up for a game of football, or try going for a walk together in your local area. There are plenty of ways that you can get active with the kids, and by the time you get home, you’ll probably find that they’re too exhausted to even think about being bored!
Create A Scavenger Hunt
If you want help making your kids more active, but you don’t want to travel too far, a great idea could be to design a scavenger hunt that they can enjoy from the comfort of their own home. All you need to do is come up with a list of things that you want your kids to find from around the garden or home. For instance, you could ask them to look for a stamp, a particular kind of flower from the garden, or a new penny. The more complex your list is, the longer it will take for your kids to find everything they need to be the winner.
Get Them Gardening
While a scavenger hunt might be a great way to get your kids to explore the garden, you could always think about giving them a chance to really get their hands dirty by planting some flowers and bulbs of their own. Growing plants is an exciting and wonderful experience for people of all ages – and something your kids can carry with them throughout the remainder of their lives. You could even teach them how to grow edible plants that you can use together in making meals for the whole family.
Make Your Own Family Tree
Why not combine some arts and crafts with a little bit of personal history? The chances are that your kids don’t know nearly as much as they should about their family and where they come from. In fact, you might not know very much about your heritage either. Building a family tree together can be a great way to find out more about the history of your family name. There are plenty of options available online to help you dig deeper into your roots, but you can always start with a free option, by talking to grandparents and relatives.
Learn About The Stars
Finally, if you’re the kind of parent who constantly has trouble getting their kids to go to bed on time during the school holidays, then why not take advantage of the fact that they’re up a little later than usual? Gazing up at the night sky and naming a few stars can be a great way to teach your youngster a little more about the world. All you need to do to get started is download a chart that you can take out with you into the garden on a clear evening. What’s more, if you plan your star-spotting day in advance, it might be easier to convince the kids to go to bed on time for the rest of the week, because they know for certain they’re going to be allowed to stay up late for at least one night.