Friday, 25 July 2014

42 Days Of Summer Fun

I love Choc (left) and Chunk loves Raspberry (right)
Despite Chunk not being of school age yet, I still find it difficult to find things to do, because a lot of the groups we attend close during the summer holidays, prices of activities go sky high and there are SO many more families and children going to the same places at the same time which can be a major put off.

So when I saw a new summer holiday challenge from Brit Mums and McVitie's I decided to give it a try!

42 Days of Summer is about finding fun things to do during the summer with your family. Due to my low (aka non-existent) budget, I have thought of some free, but fun activities for Chunk and his cousin Curly to do, so hopefully you may also be inspired by them.

Water

Our Pirate Ship Water Tray
It amazes me how much my toddler loves water. Thankfully water is quite low cost and you can access it whatever the weather!

At nanny's house we have a great pirate ship water tray that the boys can spend hours playing with, and it is full of toys that help their motor skills which is always a bonus.

Aqua beads can be fun; I bought some cheap ones from eBay and the boys enjoyed watching them blow up in size. I put some in their pirate ship water tray, but also have plans to use them by themselves in a washing up bowl, as it is such a lovely feeling just moving your hands through them as they are cold, squidgy and colourful.



We have also been playing with the sprinklers, and I have given the boys little spray bottles in the shape of butterflies that they use to water the flowers. The bottles need to be held and squeezed at the same time, so this really helps the boys with their motor and fine co-ordination skills, as well as exercises their fingers ready for when they learn to write!

Tea Break for Mum and Chunk
Tucking into his Raspberry BN
Another easy, but fun one is painting on the patio using just water and paint brushes. The boys love doing this and they always find it magical when the sunshine dries the picture up, and they then start again!

For our mid-morning snack (aka my tea break) we will go indoors and have a drink and snack. Chunk loves the new McVitie’s BN Raspberry Biscuits, whilst I love the chocolate flavour, so thankfully he doesn't try to steal mine like he does with all my other meals!
Other snacks we also enjoy are my homemade ice cream lollies, which are toddler and baby friendly- see the recipe here.

He loves their little faces, and he looks through to find the ones that are winking (not all of them wink you know). I like that they have no artificial colours or flavourings in them and that they taste nice dunked in my tea!

Water Colouring
When the weather gets too hot, or is freezing, we have used water colouring books indoors, where you paint with water and the colours appear. Chunk finds this great fun, especially when we use his Thomas the Tank Engine wash mats, as you can reuse them unlike the colouring books.

There is also regular painting and colouring, and Chunk is obsessed with large floor puzzles- I can give him a puzzle and he will finish it in ten minutes, when they are designed for older children (genius in the making, or is it just wishful thinking?!).

Etching Play
One of my personal favourites is using etcha-sketches, as you can see by my random doodles here! He tends ask me to write a lot of names on here, like Nanny and Mummy, so he is starting to recognise some of the letters which is a lovely surprise.

Other indoor activities include good old play dough (great for their pincher grips) and making salt dough keepsakes- ours can be seen here along with the ingredients.

To avoid that midday heat, we tend to have a picnic indoors, and I love dividing the lunch into lots of snack pots, and then we sit on a blanket in the living room and watch some children's TV. The ultimate way to cool off and calm down!

Our Yummy Indoor Picnics

Beach Fun Is Essential During Summer!
In the next few weeks I am going to be on the search for some toddler friendly water gun and a paddling pool as other activities, and of course we will be going to various parks in our area (especially when there are fun days provided by our local council!) and the beach!

To add to my 42 days of summer ideas, I thought I would share with you a post I did a few weeks ago as it contains a few more ideas! It's called Kids Summer Activities On A Budget, so hope these are of some use!

If you have any other ideas to inspire me, please comment below and I will give them a try!

This post is an entry for 42 Days of Summer Linky Challenge sponsored by McVitie’s BN. Learn more here.
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21 comments :

  1. My little ones also love water painting... so do I as it is mess-free! Having a picnic indoors is a great idea. Visiting from the BritMums challenge

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    1. Thanks so much! mess free is definitely important for my sanity! Thanks for the comment

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  2. lots of great suggestions, have a wonderful Summer #countrykids

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  3. Some great ideas here. My two both love playing in the water - they love running through the sprinkler and sliding into the paddling pool. I also caved and bought them water guns so they have been squirting each other a lot this week!!x #countrykids

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  4. Looks like you have lots of fun things planned for the summer #CountryKids

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  5. Lots of great activities to inspire some lovely fun for the summer holidays. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  6. Some great activities, will be adding some to our summer bucket list. I like the raspberry ones the best

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  7. Brilliant ideas. I love all the picnic pots. I have so many little pots I never use x

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  8. We love the summer holiday's but it's been a challenge this year finding things that Stacey (10) and Oscar (1) can do together. I just ordered a load of new water play accessories so hope that they will both appreciate them :D

    Linking up from the Magic Moments Link Up

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

    PS: I love BN. Yum!!!

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  9. We have the same pirate water table. My son loves it. I really like how you put the lunch in separate snack pots. Very neat!

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  10. So many activities that a frugal mom like me can do! Good luck with the comp! This is a nice entry =) #countrykids

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  11. We're taking part in this too, but I haven't got round to posting yet. You've got some great ideas #TriedTested

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  12. I'm a huge fan of chill out moments like the indoor picnic. It makes lunch a real summertime treat.

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  13. I love that pirate waterplay table!

    Thanks for linking up to #TWTWC xx

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  14. some great ideas there, like the pirate water table!

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  15. Will definitely be trying some of these ideas this Summer and always good if things are low-cost or free. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

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  16. Some lovely ideas! Thanks for sharing at the Mumsnet linky.

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  17. Lots of fab ideas here and so much simple fun, thanks for linking with #letkidsbekids xx

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  18. Great ideas. I love you etcha sketch art!
    #letkidsbekids

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  19. My two used to love playing with water. And sand. And paint. And bubbles. Any anything messy really. Thank goodness for outdoors lol.

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