Summer is officially here, for children, the holidays are the best thing ever as they can enjoy long summer days having fun with family and friends.

However, for parents and grandparents finding new ways to keep them entertained a can often be struggle. Day trips are often expensive, so why not try our top ideas of fun and affordable things you can do right in the comfort of your own home.

Build a den

Let the grandkids loose in the living room with pillows, duvets and more. You could even turn the den into an overnight sleeping spot. Dress it up with fairy lights, cosy blankets, and their favourite toys and books for hours of entertainment. 

Ready steady cook

Whether it’s baking their favourite sweet treats, or helping cook a family dinner, get your kids involved in the kitchen. Making pizzas is always a winner as they can have fun experimenting with different toppings. Or try blending up some fruit to make smoothies and juices.

Green fingers

Plant seeds either indoors in a pot, or outside in the garden. Teach your little ones how to nurture and nourish the plants, and watch them grow. You could even name them and have a competition to see whose is the first to flower.  

Dine al fresco

Pack up your lunch, go out to the garden, shared outdoor spaces or your nearest park and set up a picnic. Let the kids enjoy their lunch while spending time outside. This is a great way for everyone to stretch their legs and get some fresh air.  

Getting creative

Kids love to get messy, make and create things. Keeping a small amount of magazines and even food packaging can be a great opportunity to create rockets, sculptures and inventions. All you need is a little bit of imagination and some glue. You could also encourage your grandkids to make celebration cards to give to others or pictures to decorate your wall.

Watching the stars

If the weather is good, why not spend the evening in your garden or balcony. Have a night away from the TV and phones. Take board games outside, or try stargazing- you may be able to spot a shooting star!

Above all, it’s important to remember that the most important thing is spending quality time with your grandkids – that’s what the holidays are all about.

Not every day has to be activity filled. Just watching a film or reading a book with them can be special time spent together. 

With lighter evenings, summer gives us a chance to live a little differently for a while, so make the most of it while you can. Before you know it, they’ll be back to school and summer will be over in the blink of an eye! 

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