The summer holidays can be so expensive and as we approach the half way point (keep going ladies), most purse strings are starting to feel a bit tight!
My kids love being outdoors, and leaping around on activities that often can be costly for a family of four. So I spend a fair bit of time trying to find free activities to keep the fun level high without breaking the bank.
Going on a fairy hunt.
Don’t tell any of their friends, but my older twins still like leaping around the woods looking for evidence of fairies. They credit their enthusiam on helping the little one find fairy gardens, houses and tea parties, but I know they still love it.
It is easy, grab a pen and pencil and head to your nearest wood and look for fairies. They are real.
Little nooks and crannies in tree trunks are where these special creatures live, disused acorns are their boats for crossing puddles when their wings are wet, broken egg shells are their play areas, and flowers their umbrellas. All you need is imagination.
Finding a fairy!
Draw and write their ideas and take a picnic and you have a full day out without spending a penny.
This is one of my kids favourite, although be warned – it destroys your kitchen!
Let them loose on your left over ingredients in the cupboard and allow them to create their own treats.
Don’t expect them to be edible – but do expect lots of giggles and mess!
We have successfully made rock hard buns, and marshmellow mayhem.
Set up a beauty salon
Grab your old make up and polishes and get the kids to give each other makeovers – you can even be a customer at the salon (have plenty of polish remover and wipes!).
Get ready to see an 80’s comeback in your living room.
(Probably won’t look like the image – but one can hope!)
Go Camping (at home)
You have heard of a staycation? Well, this one comes with a room to stay in. Kids love camping with home comforts, so get the tent out, pump up their airbeds and let them play house. We stack teddies on ours, eat picnics on the grass and sleep under the stars. All with the option of coming back inside if we get chilly!
The Water Park,
I won’t lie – this is my least favourite, and the kids most favourite.
Set them the task of turning your garden into a water park and let them run wild. Obstacle courses through the sprinkler, hose-pipe down the slide, potions in the paddling pool.
It is chaos, wet, washing hell, but they love it!
And it doesnt cost a penny!!!
(Unless you need therapy in later years to cope with the flashbacks!)
Any more ideas – let me know!