8 Activity Ideas to Keep Little Minds Busy This Summer!

Everyone looks forward to summer, right? Those months of long evenings and drinks in the garden. But, summer as a parent can bring its own stresses especially if you have young children to entertain for several weeks!

Fear not, however, because I have you covered with these 8 quick and cheap activity ideas that are sure to see you through (and let you finish that drink before the ice melts)!

Fence Painting

No, not literally! This activity is always a favourite in our house and just perfect to get outside on those summer days. All you need is a bucket of water and a paint brush. Let your little one go wild as they draw shapes, letters, numbers and pictures all over their fence panels (or walls) in your garden. The water will show up really well but crucially dry off over time and leave your canvas blank to start again the next day. Another option here is for you to write things on the fence or wall and give your child a spray bottle to ‘shoot’ what you have drawn. For example, I might write a ton of different letters across the fence and ask Arlo to ‘shoot’ all of the letter A’s for Arlo.

Wash Away!

If you have a cosy coupe this works brilliantly, however if you don’t there are many alternatives. Grab a bucket of soapy water and a scrubbing brush and let your little one clean away! Another option could be to cover some animal figures in ‘mud’ (angel delight works great or simply mix some cocoa powder into yogurt) and have a go at getting them clean again. Choose whatever your child is interested in – dinosaurs? Dino wash! Oceans? Whale wash! This one is always a hit and won’t cost you a penny!

DIY Chalk Paint

This one is so simple to make but creates a breath taking effect once finished! Simply mix some cornflour with water an