Summer holiday entertaining
Wait all year to spend more time with the kids, and then wonder how you’ll survive when six whole weeks come along? Cue our summer holiday guide on keeping the little ones smiling, and making it as much of a holiday for you as it is for them.
Week one: “More time with the kids –hoorah!”
They feel free and you’ve finally got them all to yourself — who’s more excited? Start by taking some much-needed family time, throw in a few unique experiences — like a hula hooping day out — et viola, more wonderful memories to add to your collection.
Week Two: “Wait… still five weeks left?”
Before you start willing them back into the hands of the teachers, keep excitement levels high with a series of projects. Arts and crafts, baking subscriptions and summer holiday journals will keep their brains ticking, provide hours of fun and give them something to be proud of at the end (yep, even that wonky cake).
Week Three: “Can I sleep now?”
If their energy is boundless and yours isn’t what it once was, enlist help in the form of equally-full-of-beans friends and super-fun activities. Make-believe play, magical dens and group sports will keep them occupied for hours, which means you’ll just have to sit back and relax.
Week Four: “This entertaining lark is expensive”
Good news – entertaining the little ones needn’t come with a big price tag. Phew! Budget-friendly ideas like picnics, treasure hunts and kite-flying fun will keep the children happy, and your bank accounts even happier.
Week Five: “Ok, I’m out of ideas – help!”
When inspiration’s low, why not get the kids to help you out with some gardening? Of course you’ll disguise it as planting magical growing veg, meeting new wriggly friends and a game of ‘who can collect the most leaves?’ (we’ll not tell).
Week Six: “You’re leaving? So soon?”
The end is nigh! And in the week you thought you’d never see coming, you may find yourself wanting more. Squeeze in a few more days of precious family time, with a bit of back-to-school prep. And these super-cool treats are the perfect way to earn them extra school cred and you a few brownie points.