I have compiled this list as a go to and hope to get through the list during the vacation. You can always check back to see how it went and how far we got.
1. Sandy Footprints on the beach: I found this image on Pinterest and think it will be a special keepsake activity with their little feet printed on the 'beach'. There was no source attached to the picture so if you know who it belongs to, please let me know so that I can reference it.
2. Make a milk jug feeder: There is nothing better than a garden filled with singing birds. Lure them to your garden with some home made milk jug bird feeders. You can get an in-depth description on how to make one similar to the one below here.
3. Play a game of Sponge Bullseye: You can incorporate educational information as well by asking your children to add their scores(6 - year old, I'll make the numbers more applicable for her ability) or identify the color they landed on (2-year old). See how to make one here.
4. Do a Garden Scavenger hunt: Children love pottering in the garden, now they have a reason to search for goodies. Read about it here (there is also a FREE printable to go with it).
5. Practice writing words: This can be their name if they need practice with that or a new sight word. can choose and then let them use what they find in the garden to create the word. You can do a light outline for them to follow if need be. That is what I will do with my son.
6. What Melts in the Sun? Do a simple science experiment with your children focusing on what melts in the sun. Let your children predict what is going to happen. Get some ideas on what to use here.
7. Make a Dream catcher. We have done this and it was a lovely fine motor activity for my son and my daughter loved the idea of it catching all the bad dreams. Here are the instructions.
8. Excavate the toys! This is the perfect activity for a hot day! freeze your children's toys in a big block of ice and they need to get them out. I probably will not do this with my 2-year old as we might lose some fingers and/or toes but it will be such fun for my daughter when he takes a nap. The post does show how the writer's sons got to their toys without sharp objects and it was a great problem solving activity. Check it out here.
9. Who doesn't love blowing bubbles? Well my dogs love it the most - well catching them that is. Have a look here how to make giant bubbles. The perfect summer fun!
10. Ok and the final one is a boredom jar. I came across this one and I loved the ideas and the washi tape.
I can't take the words... "I'm bored" especially when I walk into the playroom and everything is gathering dust. Maybe my children are too reliant on me to do activities with them. Dsespite all the fun activities listed here, I think I need to squeeze in some "Keep yourself busy time" too.
I hope you enjoyed this and got some ideas for the summer break. Let me know if you try any of them and how it went. Pop back to see how we did with the list.