3 Fun And Educational Children’s Activities To Try This Summer

Summer can be a great time to enjoy some family fun, but it can also present a challenge. Keeping your brood busy during the extended school holidays isn’t always easy and if you’re not careful, you could be facing tears and tantrums when the warmer sets in. For inspiration to help you occupy your youngsters, here are three fun and educational kids’ activities to try this sunny season.

1)Test your model building skills

Most kids love getting stuck into some model building, and there’s no shortage of these toys out there for you to choose from. To encourage your little ones to learn as they play, you could get models that expand their knowledge of history. Model aeroplanes are a great example. You can select designs that showcase iconic planes from the past. For the perfect balance of fun and education, you could take a look at the de Havilland Vampire rubber band-powered planes available from the RAF Museum Shop.  These models are easy to construct and while building them with your tots, you can teach them a little of background of these historic aircraft, which entered RAF service during the Second World War.

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2) Get creative in the garden

Given that we should get a least a little nice weather this summer, it’s also worth planning some activities in your garden. Children and mud are a match made in heaven (if also a test for your washing machine!). To get your little ones interested in nature and the planting process, why not start a sunflower growing contest? You could try your hand at growing edible greenery too. From cress to cucumbers, there are a host of plants that your children can sow, nurture and eat over a relatively short period of time. It’s surprising how much useful information kids can pick up while having fun in the garden.

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3) Reach for the craft box

For those inevitable rainy days, get some arts and crafts activities lined up. You could turn your kitchen or another suitable space in your home into a temporary studio by laying out some paints, crayons, prints and paper. Other great ideas including everything from creating felt finger puppets to putting together colourful mosaics. You can get instructions for these crafts online and the materials are simple to source. Sessions like this can help your youngsters to develop their creative skills. Just make sure you put some protective sheets down if your kids are likely to leave a mess – and give them some old clothes to wear while they’re having their art attacks.

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There’s no getting around the fact that preparing for the school holidays can be daunting, but with activities like these up your sleeve, you should be able to keep your kids entertained and educated this summer.

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  1. 14 April, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Great post bringing a whole host of ideas to our summer. We love model building. We have not done a lot of it in the past but Maxwell is getting older now and enjoys doing it. It is something we will be doing this summer.

  2. 14 April, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    I always loved gardening as a child. My local Brownies group had an allotment and I loved planting things in it!

  3. 14 April, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    I tried doing an Airfix kit with my hubby once, safe to say it won’t be a repeat occurrence x

  4. 14 April, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    We love crafting, and must find more time to do it! Kaz x

  5. 15 April, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    My son and husband make model airplanes through the winter then fly them in the summer!

  6. 16 April, 2016 / 10:59 am

    These are some really great ideas. If the weather is good we like to spend time in the garden too – we have a vegetable patch and that is something I would love to have my son more involved in when he is a little older. Great tips

  7. 16 April, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    I’m glad you said gardening, I think it’s so important for kids to see how long and how much effort it takes to grow small crops. Gives them an appreciation I think x

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