Affordable Summer activities to do with kids
- Published on Sunday, 15 July 2018 11:05
- Last Updated on 12 July 2018
- Monica Costa
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Summer holidays don’t need to be expensive. In fact, kids love the simplest (and cheapest) things. It’s often us parents wanting to treat them to expensive attractions but when we were young in the good old 70s or 80s we did enjoy ourselves with virtually nothing. Take a look at London Mums’ suggestions for affordable Summer activities to do with kids. And please share your own ideas with us.
Organise a picnic with friends
A picnic in the park is a classic fun activity to do with friends and relatives. If the weather is good head to the local park but if the weather is not great you can organise a picnic indoor. It’s equally fun. Just pretend to be outside.
Check out London Mums’ recommendations to host the best picnic party:
Build a den
Some time ago we asked Bear Grylls to give us tips on how to build a den both indoor and outdoor. Bear said: “Somewhere cosy to sleep is just as important if you’re ten or 110. Luckily, not all dwellings require something as grown up as a mortgage…”
“If you’re inside, take four chairs (make sure your mum and dad aren’t having a dinner party first) into the living room and place two side-to-side and back-to-back two metres apart. Throw over a bed sheet and you’ve got your very own indoor den. Just add two sleeping bags – perfect for your very own sleepover, with plenty of bear hugs to keep warm.”
Bear says “You’ll need to find some flat ground – and make sure it’s dry – if it’s wet you will get cold very quickly. First find two trees about four wide steps apart and tie a piece of rope between them. Cover the ground of your den with something waterproof (like a ground sheet), then get a sheet from indoors and throw it over the rope to create your roof. Put some rocks or logs on each corner to stop it blowing away. If it’s drizzly out, gather some big ferns or leaves to stop the rain soaking through the sheet. Make sure when you lay the ferns down there are no gaps – a soggy den isn’t fun for anyone! Take in your sleeping bags, a torch, and there you have it- the Ultimate Outdoor Den!”
Read more interesting tips in our feature Bear Grylls Top Ten Things To Do Before You’re Ten
Find rocks and decorate them
Looking for stones and rocks is so much fun. I have always done it when I was a young girl and still do it with my son now. Painting on rocks is a very creative and relaxing activity.
Here is a post on how to make Rock Bugs.
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Cook with kids
If the weather is not too good, cooking with kids is the perfect indoor activity to do with the kids to keep them entertained for hours.
Here are some ideas on easy recipes:
Start a new garden project with the kids. They will love being useful outdoor. You can even create a bug hotel. Here are some ideas:
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums