From visiting the library to baking some cakes, there are lots of everyday activities which will help keep your child's mind active this summer.
Keep your child reading over the summer by getting involved with the range of activities that local libraries offer throughout the holidays. The Summer Reading Challenge is particularly popular and encourages children to read six books over the holidays, collecting rewards along the way. Not sure where your local library is? Search for it with this local library finder.
Dens can be made anywhere and with anything (almost) making them an exciting indoors or outdoors activity that’s well-suited to the unpredictable British climate. Eden Project has lots of ideas on particularly useful materials for making shelters but ultimately it’s up to the children to discover what and who can make the best den.
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Sending post can be just as fun as receiving it. Children can practise writing out addresses and messages to friends and family by sending postcards from special places they’ve visited during their holidays. If they’re feeling particularly creative they could even design the front of their own postcard. Don’t forget the stamp!
It might be the holidays but there are still chores to be done. Pocket money is a great incentive to get children involved with the housework and learn to budget. How much did they earn? What can they buy? Can they afford that new toy or do they need to save for their holiday?
Video playlist: outdoor learning ideas
Watch families trying out Isabel Thomas's great ideas for fun outdoor learning activities, including wild numbers and problem solving.