I’m so confused as to how it’s almost July, and feeling a little sad as my babies prepare to leave their reception and year 2 classes respectively. However, I am quite excited about our summer holidays – spending six weeks with the children always sounds like such a lovely idea in June! At the beginning of August, we are flying to Mykonos and then heading to Paros for a few days with Nanny Bee, but other than that have no concrete plans. I have lots of things that I would like to do this summer, from camping trips and days out to science experiments and reading challenges – the overall theme being one of simple, outdoor fun and, hopefully, plenty of time spent with family and friends.
Forest school and beach education ideas always appeal to me and I would love to spend some days exploring these; building dens, making campfires, searching for bugs and sea creatures… One of our favourite things to do last summer was to visit art galleries with a sketchbook. Miss J did some lovely drawings and I find it helped her to absorb so much more information than simply wandering around looking. Being Britain, there’s a good chance we will have a few rainy days, and this is a great indoor activity.
We also take part in the summer reading challenge at our local library each year – this may well be the first year that the boy gets involved too – and have fun at our local museum’s craft workshops. Ticking off some of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4 is a great way to try something new as well. Damming a stream and making mud pies are top of my list for this year; both put me in mind of my own childhood. We will definitely be taking a trip to the gorgeous Petworth House and Park and I would love to visit Nymans too, though I’m not sure we will be able to get there via the joy that is public transport.
A few other simple, inexpensive ideas for outdoor fun this summer include:
Photography sightseeing challenge (using disposable cameras) – the results could be used in a summer scrapbook or diary.
Mystery bus tour – let the kids decide where to take you for the day.
Giant bubbles – experiment with different solutions to find the best for giant bubbles.
Outdoor painting – cover a wall or fence in a roll of paper and let them get creative.
Outdoor cinema/theatre – have wanted to do this for years
Puddle jumping – because there’s bound to be plenty of opportunity!
For rainy days:
Try making donuts
Invite a friend for a sleepover (only if you’re feeling brave!)
Rainy day busy bags – fill large envelopes with resources to encourage activity. Some ideas include writing to pen friends, t-shirt designing, budgeting/shopping idea, baking etc
Have any more ideas for an active, educational summer? I would love to hear them in the comments.