Fun summer holiday activity ideas

With the kids being at home for so much of the school year to help stop the spread of COVID-19, you might have run out of fun things to do already. But, now the schools holidays have officially started, your kids will need lots of activities to keep them occupied, especially if you’re still working from home.

A great way to keep kids entertained in the summer is to get them to write a list of some things they would like to do. That way, you have some kid approved activities ready to go. Plus, they won’t be able to complain about being bored because they chose the activity!

We’ve pulled together some ideas for fun summer holiday activities that you can do with your children or set them doing by themselves. Take a look and get in touch on Facebook or Twitter if you find them useful.

children playing outdoors near a pond

Summer holiday activity ideas

Visit your local playground

Of course, we might be slightly biased, but after months of lock down, let children enjoy their local playground and all the fun to be had on the equipment.

Camp in the garden

Get a change of scenery and set up your tent in the garden if you’re not going away this summer. You can have all the fun of being on a campsite right from home! Don’t forget to make s’mores and tell ghost stories under the stars…

Get baking

The nation has been testing their skills at baking throughout the lock down, so pass those skills on to your children! Get them to help out in the kitchen at meal times or choose treat recipes to make together.

Go geo caching

Geo caching is great for getting kids out of the house and doesn’t have to cost anything! Download your local geo cache app on your phone and head outside to follow the clues to find the hidden treasure.

Make a bug hotel

This is lots of fun and is a great way to get kids interested in the natural world. You don’t have to do anything fancy, although there are lots of bug hotel kits you can buy if you want. Drilling holes in a log and placing it in a container makes for a fantastic palace for bugs.

Set a summer challenge

Give your family a task to work towards throughout the summer break. You can tailor your challenge to their age and interests but some suggestions are: learning to ride a bike, swim, roller skate or a new language, grow your own lettuce, write and illustrate your own book, write and perform a song, practice star gazing… the opportunities are endless.

bug hotel made from a lump of wood

mum and daughter in a blanket fort

Build a den

Get their creativity and problem solving skills active and work together as a family to build a den in the house or garden. You’ll have a great time putting it up and then you’ll have a cool space to relax and play throughout the holiday. We also have some great tips for home obstacle courses you might enjoy.

Go rock pooling

Children love spending time at the beach, building sandcastles, splashing in the sea, and playing games in the sand. At low tide, you can also take them along the rocks to discover fascinating sea creatures.

Create your own jigsaws

Print out your own pictures or take pages out of magazines to turn into jigsaws. Once you’ve chosen your picture, stick it onto some cardboard (delivery packaging or cereal boxes will do perfectly). Then you can cut the image up into different shapes and test your skills at reassembly!

Blind taste test

Challenge the family to a blind taste test. Cover their eyes and give them different foods to try and identify. The person who guesses the most right wins! This can be a great way to get them to try different fruits and vegetables too.

mum and children working on a jigsaw book

So, what will you be getting up to this summer? We hope our fun summer holiday activity ideas have given you some inspiration.