10 Creative Ways to Entertain Kids Over Summer

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Introduction

It is a known that entertaining kids is always a tricky business. It can also be difficult at times especially during holidays. In this hub, I would show you 10 creative ways to entertain kids and to drag them away from the idiot box and games console. These activities would definitely keep your kids busy regardless of weather and age.

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1. Get them into the kitchen

This is a tried and tested and guaranteed way to keep your kids busy during summer. There are plenty of kid-friendly recipes which you & your kids would enjoy doing together. This kitchen activity would also increase bonding between siblings and adults alike. I remember as a child, I always used to watch my mother baking cakes in the kitchen, although I didn’t end up as a pastry chef, I was already baking cakes at 12 years old. A simple recipe which can be taught to kids is the chocolate crispy bars which is given below. This is a delicious gooey snack which the family will enjoy.

Ingredients

200g bar of milk chocolate

25g (1oz) unsalted butter

75g (3oz) crispy rice cereals

12 chopped glace cherries

25g (1oz) mini marshmallows

30ml (2tbsp) chocolate coated candies

Method

  1. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl with butter. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and leave until the chocolate and butter has melted. Once melted, remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the chocolate with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  2. Once smooth, stir in the crispy rice cereal, glace cherries and mini marshmallows. Stir well until well mixed.
  3. Line a 20cm (8in) square shallow cake tin with greaseproof paper. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the chocolate coated candies over and press them down gently.
  4. Chill in the fridge for a few hours until firm, then turn out and cut into a dozen bars. The bars have to be stored in an airtight container and can last up to 3 weeks.

Once your kids have successfully attempted the recipe above, why not give them a simple cake, muffin or cupcake recipe to do. Make it in a form of a challenge and at the end of day, they get to enjoy what they have made with their own hands.

Best for: Girls and Boys

Age: As soon as they reach the table without any help from chairs or stools.

2. Write a story

This encourages kids to use their imagination. It does not necessarily have to be original. A great idea would be to write chain stories. Each child writes a paragraph and then shows the final line to the next kid writer, this can go on as long as they want. Once the final paragraph is complete, the last person would read the whole story aloud. This activity is guaranteed to bring laughter as the stories would definitely be funny and entertaining. They could be encouraged to write stories on any topics which interest them.

Best for: Boys and Girls

Age: 6+

3. Get them gardening

Growing plants is great fun and it would even more fun when kids watch their plants grow day by day in front of their eyes. There are lots of plants, especially flowering plants which kids can grow without much trouble. They can also grow what vegetables they like. For kids, the garden can be their playground as they can experiment with whatever seeds they have. This activity would definitely teach them that for a plant to grow well, it needs love and constant nurturing, just like us, humans. Parents can teach their kids to talk to their plants every day. To start off with this activity, kids can grow basil, parsley or cress and can eat them once they have grown.

Best for: Girls and Boys

Age: 5+

4. Check out your local library

Taking kids to a library could create a knowledgeable bookworm or at least instill a reading habit in your kids. There is always something for everyone at the library, regardless of whether they are sports buff or adventure fans. The library would be able to satisfy their curiosity of the big world out there and they are bound to find a topic which they would like.

Best for: Girls and Boys

Age: 6+

5. Go down to the farm

Introduce your children to animals by taking them to a farm. If you live in a city, take a drive during the weekends to explore farms nearby. This is also a great opportunity for your children to get up close and personal with other forms of animals such as horses, cattle’s and sheep if only their previous contact so far has been with a cat or dog.

Best for: Girls and Boys

Age: 5+

6. Take them to the seaside

A trip to the beach during the summer holidays is definitely not a waste, even if the sun is not shining. Taking your kids to the beach could be an eye-opener for them as they see vast amount of water in front of them. They would have fun walking along the beach, building sand castles, finding crabs in rock pools and finding lost shells.

Best for: Girls and Boys

Age: 5+

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7. Take them to your grandparents

Kids would love to visit their grandparents anytime. You can get your kids to ask your grandparents what it was like for them when they were growing up. Chances are your kids would ask their parents:-

  • What did they do to pass their time?
  • What were their favorite toys?
  • Did they watch/have television or games console?

Best for: Girls and Boys

Age: 9+

8. Learn Origami

Origami is an ancient Japanese art of paper folding. This is an easy activity as children would have to fold sheets of paper in anything they desire. You can find patterns on www.origami.com. This website is a great place to start and explore origami.

Best for: Girls and Boys

Age: 8+

9. Make a Family Tree

How much do your kids know about their family? How much do your kids know about their great grandparents? It would fun for them to draw out their family tree as well as learn about the family history. Who knows, you may unearth some really interesting stories about your own family that either of you never knew.

Best for: Girls and Boys

Age: 9+

10. Put on a play

To encourage your child’s creative side, it would be fun to find a box of clothes and get the kids to come up with a story for a play. The clothes could be old Halloween clothes. To start off, you could help them with the story. For example, a princess is trapped in a castle. To support your children in their play, you could sit through their performance.

Best for: Girls and Boys

Age: 6+

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

These are great ideas. Some of these are ones I do with my nieces (especially the writing stories, and making up plays.) You have started out the topic very nicely, indeed! Voted up useful, awesome and beautiful!


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reena_yadav 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Author

Hi prairieprincess,

Thanks for dropping by & voting up my hub. These activities are easy and don't cost a bomb and kids would definitely enjoy them. I especially love taking kids to the kitchen and the seaside. I experienced building my family tree as well, it was a great activity in knowing how many cousins I had !! :)


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workingmomwm 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

Some good ideas here. Thanks!


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reena_yadav 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Author

Hi workingmomwm,

Thanks for dropping by my hub.


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ThePracticalMommy 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for sharing these ideas. My niece, who is ten, will be spending some time with us this summer and she would really like some of these activities. :)


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reena_yadav 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Author

Hi ThePracticalMommy,

Thanks for reading this Hub. I am sure your niece would love anyone of these ideas. Have a great time spending the summer with these activities :)


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Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

Excellent hub for all parents wanting to keep their kids creative during the holidays.


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reena_yadav 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Author

Hi Purple Perl,

Thanks for the lovely comment. :)


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WillWrite4Food 5 years ago from Atlanta, Ga

Wonderful ideas!


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reena_yadav 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Author

Hi WillWrite4Food,

Thanks for the compliment :)


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

I LOVED visiting farms as a kid, and the chocolate cookie bar sounds delicious!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Good way to kick start the weekly topic, Reena-very cool list!


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reena_yadav 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Author

Hi Simone Smith,

I loved the kitchen as a child, always helping my mom with her cake recipes and making samosas was a family event. I did try my hand at gardening, i grew petunias and i now know i don't have green fingers.

Writing this hub really brought back memories and that chocolate gooey bar is delicious...try it :)


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reena_yadav 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Author

Hi Denise Handlon,

Thanks for dropping by my hub and the compliments on this Hub. :)


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sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

Really great ideas. would try some of these during this summer!!!


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reena_yadav 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Author

Hi sankari.nayagam,

Thanks for dropping by. Have a funtastic time trying these activities.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

These are great ideas that kids are sure to love at any time of the year! I especially like the one about taking them to visit grandparents! We grandmas and grandpas sure do love that one!


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reena_yadav 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Author

Hi Stephanie Henkel,

Thanks for dropping by. I too love that one and cherished the moments spent visiting my grandparents. They are truly older & wiser in every sense.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

I have done almost all of these activities with my little ones at one time or another and they always please them. Great ideas for parents. I can atest to the fact that these do work! Nice job.


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reena_yadav 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Author

Hi cardelean,

Thanks for dropping by. These activities would surely keep kids, parents & grandparents busy throughout the summer. I agree on that as well.

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