Summer Activity Ideas for your Young Family28/07/2015
It seems like only yesterday your kids were counting down the days, but now the summer holidays are in full swing! For the next couple of months, your little and not-so-little ones will make it their mission to squeeze every ounce of fun out of the summer.
But sometimes they need inspiration. Hearing the words “Mam, I’m bored, what should I do?” means the pressure’s on for you to deliver some fun-filled ideas. But from your end, you’re also hoping to keep the activities safe, affordable and, if at all possible, productive.
To avoid being caught off guard, why don’t you make a list of activities, write them on individual pieces of paper and put them into a mason jar? When your kids tell you they “have nothing to do”, get them to pick a name from the hat, so to speak. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a cup of tea and pamper yourself in peace and quiet. Sounds like a good plan.
Here are some summer activity ideas for the jar that are bound to cure any summer boredom.
Kids want to make a mess in the kitchen just as much as you’d like for them to eat healthily. Why not make this summer good for everyone by introducing some easy and healthy recipes into the kitchen?
Irish bloggers Susan Jane White and Indy from The Little Green Spoon have some drool-worthy suggestions using nutritious, organic and local produce. As well as being delicious, antioxidant-loaded food will make you look and feel fabulous. Remember, good skin comes from within.
It’s still a hobby for people all over the world, but somehow the kids of today just don’t scrapbook like they used to anymore. As well as taking Facebook pictures on your days out, take with you some physical mementos also.
Admission tickets, leaves, all the usuals will do fine. Having your kids make a collage from their treasures will help them appreciate the little things and will give them a new creative outlet. Bring on the glitter glue!
Every once in a while you need to get away and see a little bit more of the world. But, as most of us have learned over the past few years, doing this can be complicated and costly, especially if you have children.
Two weeks in Florida may not be on the cards, but how about two nights in an Irish coastal town, or in the big smoke? Of course we’re biased, but we at Voya recommend our very own Standhill, Co. Sligo. With regular surfing, horse-riding and yoga classes being held on the beach, Standhill is the ultimate nature-loving relaxing getaway destination.
Strandhill has some amazing hotels and cafes, serving you up some of the finest local food. And for a treat, why not book a treatment and revitalizing seaweed bath with yours truly? Remember that wherever you go, you can always keep your hair and skin nourished and protected with our Organic Voyager and Skincare kits .
This might sound like something that’s going to dominate your living room and interrupt your plans to watch the soaps in peace, but it could actually mean the exact opposite.
Allow your kids to build a makeshift tepee, fort or reading nook in their bedroom or playroom. If they wanted to get really crafty, they could use old clothes to make a fun, boho-style patchwork tent and fill it with cushions and fluffy rugs. They’ll be so impressed with themselves, they’ll want to read a book in their new empire rather than spend all day playing video games.
If you’ve succeeded in entertaining your kids with these activities, you should give yourself a pat on the back. Better still, make the most of the quiet time by relaxing in an at-home Lazy Days seaweed bath and applying our Maskerade face mask. Finish off with our award-winning and aptly-named Me Time moisturiser.
If you have any tried and tested suggestions for the activity jar, we’d love to hear them in a comment below.