Summer activities: what to do in the summer holidays
Get set for the summer holidays! Make the most of the heaps of time to get outside and go exploring. We’ve put together some activity ideas to keep you entertained.
Create some summer crafts
Raining outside? No problem! We’ve got loads of rainy day activities you can get stuck into too!
Little kids can bring the sun out again with our sunshine colouring page.
Minibeast activities – minibeast snacks
Just raid the fruit bowl and create some cute critters. They’re yummy, and great for picnics! Be sure to get a grown-up to help you if you’re using a knife.
Cute caterpillar – thread some small, green grapes onto a cocktail stick. Make the eyes with two blobs of icing sugar and tiny bits of currant for pupils.
Lovely ladybird – slice a large strawberry in half and attach a blueberry to the fatter end with a cocktail stick. Now what can you find in the cupboard to make the spots… some mini chocolate chips maybe?
Beautiful butterfly – some fruits and vegetables have amazing patterns inside. Spear a few blueberries with a cocktail stick for the body and then use another cocktail stick to attach wing-shaped slices of orange or kiwi fruit.
What other minibeasts can you make?
You could even have a go at making some homemade perfume. You will need:
- two big handfuls of flower petals – perhaps a lovely fragrant rose or lavender
- small plastic or glass bottle
- large jug
- sieve or piece of muslin
- sticky label and colouring pens.
Put two cupfuls of water in the saucepan and bring it to the boil. (Definitely get a grown-up to help you with this!). Turn off the heat, stir in the flower petals and leave it to cool. Once it’s cool, strain the liquid into the jug through the sieve or muslin – crush or squeeze the petals so you get all the essence out. Then pour it into the bottle. Dream up a name for your signature scent and decorate the label.
Go on a summer scavenger hunt
There’s so much to discover in the woods at this time of year!
Why not make a journey stick to remind you of your day out too?
Cool off with some watery fun
Lots of woods have a stream, which is great for cooling off on hot days.
Summer’s also the perfect time to go pond dipping. Just always make sure there’s a grown-up around, and don’t play near deep water.
Explore the woods after dark
Now you don’t have to get up early for school (whoop, whoop!), why not look out for bats and listen for owls on a twilight trek. A game of torch tag is great fun too. You could even build a campfire and bake some scrummy bread twists. Remember not to stray too far from your grown-up when you’re out after dark though!
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