This is our regular guest post by Beckie Whitehouse from Be Confident Coaching.
Do you sometimes feel (like me) you are spending a fortune to keep the kids happy and entertained? Here are some ideas of free days out with kids this summer:
- Picnics – don’t have to be exciting or special food just eating somewhere different can be exciting enough
- Check out a different park perhaps one near you has had an upgrade? Go with a group of friends – parents can catch up, children have friends for added entertainment
- Go to a park with a paddling pool or a sand pit – of course dependant on the weather
- Trips to the library – do they have anything else going on, a summer reading challenge or a competition?
- Pond dipping or fishing in a stream or river all you need is a net and a bucket
- Borrow a dog and go for a walk
- Make use of any National Trust, English Heritage or other memberships you may have. (Often you can take extra children in so you could take some friends)
- Check what else is going on in your area – are toddler groups meeting up? Summer concerts in parks? Free swimming lessons?
- Do you have a local museum you could visit? that’s free entry?
- Find a nearby Geocache; if you have no idea what I am talking about look at www.geocaching.com
- Water painting – brushes (they can be big, little or a whole mixture) and water outside, paint pictures on the patio or paint the garden furniture.
- Water play – paddling pools or washing up bowls, watering cans, pots all shapes and all sizes here anything goes
- Download free stories for the ipod, ipad etc
- Download free games and there are some for learning shapes, tables, puzzles etc.
- Build a den and have snacks in it (inside if wet, outside if lovely)
- Print out free colouring or activity sheets from the internet
- Young ones love playing with dry pasta- you can thread it onto string or poke spaghetti through the holes in a colander
- Summer scrap book – cut out pictures from magazines, papers, leaflets of place you have visited and then stick them in.
- One my kids have loved – long jumping. Mark out where to start and then how far can they jump. And I am sure there are lots of add ons to this one and lots of ideas with the Olympics on
- Put on your own Olympics in the garden; obstacle races, gymnastics, high jump, you name it, I am sure you can do it!
So there you go, some excellent ideas – so what are you waiting for get on out there. And if you have any other ideas for free days out with kids, do let us know below as well.
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