Fun things to do with kids these #Summerdaze
By: Natasha Archary
Tough economy, working throughout the holidays, can’t secure a booking…whatever your reasons for opting for a “stay-cation” this December we can all agree you are a brave, brave soul. It’s no easy feat entertaining little ones during the Summer, their demands for fun are high and you will need to deliver, after all who’s idea was it to isolate yourself from civilisation and stay in?
The great thing about Summer is that it’s warm enough to wander around in almost nothing, barefoot and carefree with meals light as a daisy. The flip side are bugs that leave nasty angry bumps all over sensitive skin so follow our guide for simple, things to do with kids during these #Summerdaze of fun:
Kids love to immerse themselves in anything sticky, icky and colourful and this aids sensory development so put the wet-wipes down and scourge around your kitchen cupboards for the following:
DIY PLAY DOUGH
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- Food Colouring
- ½ cup of water
- 2 TBS cooking oil
Simply combine all ingredients in a pan over low heat and cook until smooth and thick, allow to cool and you have yourself hours of play dough fun.
Or try this for bath-time fun:
- Fill up a bag of balloons with water, tie up and arrange them in the bath-tub for a fun bath experience
- For older kids this can be done outside in an inflatable pool for hours of outdoor fun
- Kids all love to pop water balloons but ensure that you don’t hand them anything sharp with which to pop them, rather have them pop these water bombs with their hands to avoid accidents.
USE YOUR IMAGINATION
Ah, the only toy we had growing up and the joy of passing on a traditional experience to our kids. There is so much to do outdoors with just a little imagination and a few inexpensive arts and crafts items. Here are a few of our picks:
RAINBOW BUBBLE SNAKES
- Plastic bottles
- An old sock
- Food Colouring
- Dish washing liquid
- Shallow container
- Elastic Bands
- Cutting out the base of the bottle
- Dip the sock in the dish soap & food colouring mixture
- Covering the base of the bottle with the sock & securing in place
All that’s needed is for the littlies to blow gently through the opening of the bottle and watch their rainbow sud snakes take shape.
MAKE A RIVER IN YOUR BACKYARD
What makes #Summerdaze fun? Water! So turn your backyard into a little explorers jungle by creating a foil river for them to rescue many paper boats from:
All you need do is arrange the foil into a long enough moat to catch the running water. Now, we know the country is going through dire water crisis so make sure the river is not set up on a slanting slope so that the water stays within the foil route. You can get creative and even make a pond at the end of the river to catch all the water for the paper boats to float around in…or is that a lake?
ARTS & CRAFTS
Kids love paint and anything that involves nurturing their artistic side is a win in any parenting book but these ways of paint fun have to be given a try:
BUBBLE WRAP ARTWORK
Simply tape some bubble wrap around your child’s feet and put some art-paper or canvas on a level surface and have them stomp around in paint and then the canvas for a masterpiece you can then hang up in their room.
This is easy, give your child some art-paper and acrylic paint and a paintbrush. Then have them dip the tip of the paintbrush (not the bristles) into the paint and splatter away. Chances are you’ll have a messy toddler and living area but the good news is it cleans up no fuss.
For the neat freak in you, arrange a sheet of paper inside a shallow box with splots of paint scattered around the paper, hand your child a straw and have them blow onto the paint and watch the magic unfold.
There’s so much fun to be had both indoors and outdoors this summer from camping in your backyard, starting a flower garden with your little one or just watching the sun-set while you sip on your favourite iced beverage. Whatever your plans are, ensure that the kids have enough to do during their time away from school or risk the boredom that will surely drive everyone crazy with cabin fever. For outdoor activities, remember the sun-block, insect repellent, hats and cool clothing and you will have one happy child hugging you goodnight after an eventful and tiring day.