We are halfway through the series and a third of the way through our summer holidays. I hope you’re finding this series useful, and have found activities to do with your brood. We’ve headed out on a few adventures- some pricier than others, some free and I believe my three are having a great time. (I won’t ask them in case they prove me otherwise!)
I love travelling and exploring, so this chapter is close to my heart!
( I even have an entire category for exploring Tokyo with kids!)
Be a tourist in your locality
Trip Advisor is a great starting point to find out what there is to do in the local area. I also just google ‘Things to do in….’ when I’m heading out about what there is to do in a locality. It is how I’m creating my Japan bucket list and I have found some pretty cool things so far.
Learn about the history/ geography of your local area
Tourist information sites, Trip Advisor, Google are all great places to start. In the U.K., the local library might have information about the history of the village. (Which is another way of teaching our children about local services!)
Create a map of an area- locality, stream, woods
Give them a clipboard, paper and pencil and head on out. It could be as detailed/ basic as to your child’s ability. You can compare it to the Google maps afterwards too should you fancy.
Playing games is always a winner.
Learn a new card game
UNO is the go to card game at the moment, but knowing an arsenal of card games to play with an ordinary pack of cards is definitely worthwhile. Kidspot has a 12 games that are suitable for children.
Have a square game challenge
Simple, yet a great pastime if at a restaurant or somewhere ‘boring’
Create your own categories game
There is a board game of this game, but we used to play our own version in the car. Take an A4 paper (landscape) (1 per player) and draw a table with any number of columns, 5-7 is usually good. Create a heading for each column, suggestions being: boys names, girls names, food, car types, animal, city, rivers, countries, famous person and the final column labelled total.
On another sheet write out the alphabet- perhaps omitting Q,X and Z.
To play, a person shuts his eyes and randomly picks a letter. On start, everyone tries to write down their categories for the letter (1 in each column) as quickly as they can. The first person to finish shouts stop. (Or you can use a timer for 1 minute). Read out the answers- each unique answer scores 10, each duplicated answer is worth 5.
Record the individual total and play the next round.
Create a movie using movie making app
My older children love using iMovie, while J loves making movies on Lego Movie App.
Perform a concert
Dance, acrobatics, musical instruments, write/ perform a skit, performing poetry… the list can seem endless and there are always ‘willing’ parents to watch the performance!
Write a book
‘E’ loves Story Bird website. This website is a great spot to encourage writers of all ages. Poetry, stories or theme related writing challenges are just some of the activities available.
Create a comic strip
There are plenty of blank templates available, yet if your children are older they can create their own grid. With my Cubs and Beavers, I gave them the outline of a person (think gingerbread man) and got them to draw a Super hero, asking them about the super hero qualities, the uniform, who the villain was and how he was defeated. The Cubs (ages 8-10) then wrote a comic for their super hero. They truly enjoyed it.
Problem solving challenge using cups, blocks and popsicle sticks.
This activity (from Sarah at Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls) was a great hit with my Cubs and Beavers. I loved the designs that the various children came up with.
Indoor obstacle course
There are some great ideas on Pinterest. I personally love this one: Indoor obstacle course
If you have the room- pitch a tent indoors, otherwise get the children to build a fort and then fill it with duvets and cushions.
And if all else fails, check out this post- 87 Energy busting indoor activities for kids.
Friday, will see the last post in this series. I hope that you are enjoying it so far. Have you tried anything so far? What do you want to try? Leave a comment and I will send you a copy of my printable list.
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