As the summer holidays are fast approaching I have idyllic ideas of what we can all do to pass the time and lovely ideas in my head of which the reality is more than likely different with 4 children in tow of various ages and mindsets!
Anyway for 30 minutes whilst writing this I’m going to be in this idyllic state of mind where we all have fun and frolic together without any disagreements!
Bury the kids in the sand – (obviously with their heads out of the sand and not in a sinister way!)
Rock pooling – take our fishing nets out the garage and find a rocky coastline. My best memories were spent picking up crabs and shells in Torquay.
River swim/ paddle – I used to love paddling in the river and building dams in my younger years. Dougie loves to wild swim so this will be on our list to do on a warmer day, might even go old-skool and take a truck inner tube along!
Stargazing – We’re hoping to get out and camp as much as possible. We don’t usually let our kids stay up too late as we pay too much for it the next day, but a later night to wait for it to be dark just once will be fun for them and we will make sure we have an easy day the next day!
Try climbing a different tree everyday – not a hard challenge for my kids, they love to climb!
Pinterest craft fails – let them find a Craft on Pinterest that they fancy and watch the arguments and tears flow, anything for at least 30 minutes peace before the craft fail happens! I also save up some Birthday and Christmas craft kits to bring out in the summer holidays.
Family water fight- I’m always too busy to join in on a lot of fun in term time so I’m going to make sure that I have more fun with them.
Geocache somewhere unusual – we are going to unlock the premium app of geocache and so whilst out and about camping we can find some unusual geocache locations. Please see previous post ref geocaching with kids!
Visit a National Trust/English Heritage site- I love visiting old historical buildings and watching the kids play in the grounds. Always a good spot for some beautiful family / Instagram snaps. We don’t have any NT sites around here so we’re hoping to incorporate this into our holiday.
Ice cream sundae factory- Let the kids make their own ice cream sundaes with toppings. Then make sure they can burn a sugar high off in the garden afterwards. Also when we’re out and about to buy the whole family ice cream is so costly, we tend to buy a box from the shop and share, or doing sundaes at home will tick the 🍦 box!
Home cinema – Taking our tribe to the cinema is costly unless its the kids-am showings. So we plan on a rainy day to download a film, get together on the sofa and make some popcorn with our new popcorn machine.
Baking – Daisy and Teddy love to bake and having them all home will mean that lots of snacks will be needed, so I can do an activity with them that has a purpose. Also as Finlay is 11 I’m trying to encourage him to learn some kitchen skills! He’s currently very reluctant!
Museum and castle visit – We are hoping to find an interesting castle and / or museum to visit. There’s always lots of events on at these historical attractions and so it’s great to tick the educational and fun box together! I remember some of my best days out as a child were when a relative would take me to a museum and we would spend time doing the quizzes or trails.
Junk modelling – chuck a load of cardboard boxes, tubes and yoghurt pots out on the table with masking tape and let Teddy our preschooler create! I’m sure the bigger ones will probably join in!
Lego builds – fidget spinner creations and duplo night lights, we will use the Lego site and their video tutorials to inspire us!
Pick your own- we would love to be able to find a pick your own fruit field as we are lacking in these fields up in the N.West so would love to do this on our travels. In Germany we would stop and pick pumpkins, flowers and fruit, it’s great for the kids to learn where food comes from.
I hope we get to tick these things off our bucket and spade summer list over the next 6 weeks. I’m hoping after a few days rest we can plan our weeks out so we can all know what we’re doing and so we can have a little bit of routine, as our boys thrive best with some order in their lives!
Hope the 6 weeks is kind to you all and you get to have a coffee or wine or two whilst your kids are running free!