How to enjoy your home with the kids over summer

With the six-week school holiday looming large on the calendar you might be starting to panic about how you will fill the time and keep your little darlings occupied.

You may have to work some of the time and you will probably already have this covered by booking places at holiday clubs or sports camps. Maybe they’re going to spend some time with grandparents, aunts or uncles. So, that’s a few weeks covered, but what about the rest of the time?

Let’s go outside

One of the beauties of the summer holidays is that we’re generally guaranteed at least a little sunshine and on those days we all want to get outside and make the most of it. Let’s be honest, we can’t be certain when the next sunny day will be! And, of course, getting outside saves the mess in the house.

If you are going out in the sunshine take a look at the NHS website that provides some great tips for staying safe in the sun.

Do some research ahead of the holidays and find local places that you haven’t visited before, perhaps a wildlife reserve or wooded area that you can take the kids to explore.

It’s raining, it’s pouring

Of course, we know that we’re going to have plenty of wet days too when staying indoors can’t be avoided. This is a great opportunity to set up a cinema session, maybe catch up on an old favourite or watch a box set and serve hot dogs and popcorn for snacks.

If you are going to have to spend a lot of time indoors you’ll have to be prepared for the mess as it’s unavoidable when children are involved. If you’ve got a carpet that you’re thinking about replacing now might be the time to do it. While that might not seem to make sense, cleaning up spillages off engineered flooring is much easier than it is once it’s ground into a carpet. Companies like supply a wide range of engineered flooring and it can often be cheaper and more stable than its real wood counterpart.

Other great ideas for rainy days are building with Lego and if everyone gets involved you can create some impressive structures. Board games are always popular as are baking and cooking sessions.

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