Keeping Kids Active Over Summer

Keeping Kids Active Over Summer

Keeping kids active and happy over the summer holidays isn’t always fun and games! Juggling busy schedules while creating an engaging daily routine for the children is no easy task. So today we wanted to inspire you to keep calm and enjoy the chaos. We have come up with a bumper list of boredom busters: guaranteed to get the kids moving and keep everyone smiling. 

Let’s Play Sports

The main reason children love sport is because it is fun! But learning to play sport is also hugely beneficial for boosting physical literacy skills. Getting kids set up with their favourite sports at home can offer them valuable hours to practice and perfect their performance. Sports are also a great way to encourage teamwork and cooperative play between siblings. And the best part is children are happy to entertain themselves for a while! Set up mini-challenges or a daily practise routine to keep things fun and rewarding.

Sports to Play in the Garden: Rounders, Sports Cones, Croquet Set, Volleyball Set, Tennis Net & Balls, Bowls.

Active Outdoor Games

Garden games are a great way for kids to explore something new and enhance their learning. Outdoor games encourage problem-solving and help to develop a better understanding of science! They also inspire experimental play and boost creative skills. Garden games are great for positivity and strengthening relationships. Why not invite friends or family over for a garden games night too? There is plenty of fun to be had by everyone. 

Garden Games to Play this Summer: Outdoor Target Ball, Quoits, Target Garden Game, Hoople, Wooden Skittles Set, Tin Can Alley.

Bring the Park Home

Kids love to play at the park, but sometimes making the trip isn’t possible. Bringing the park to you is a great way to promote independent play and help keep boredom at bay. Great for building strength and incentivising exercise, home playgrounds help kids to perfect their balance and coordination skills.

Bring the Park Home Play Sets: Rope Ladder, Garden Swing, Trapeze Bar, Kite.

The Best of The School Playground

For most kids, the playground is one of their favourite places to be! So why not bring a little of that magic home? Playground games are extremely versatile and, for the most part, cater to both solo and group play. Kids can usually interact with these toys in different ways: creating new and imaginative games to enjoy. Great for entertaining smaller kids on busy days.

Playground Equipment for the Garden: Skipping Rope for Kids, Sports Day Set, Chalk.

Let’s Get Gardening

Gardening is a fantastic way to inspire activity and encourage children to explore nature. And let's face it, kids love an opportunity to get messy!  It is also a huge promoter of peace and positive mental health: nurturing feelings of self-confidence and expression. Gardening is a hands-on way for kids to learn about their environment and the natural world. It also presents a fantastic opportunity to teach kids about nutrition as they enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Gardening Equipment for Kids: Little Helpers Gardening Kit.

Ideas for Rainy Days

One of the golden rules of British summertime is to be prepared for rain. A drizzly day can really impact plans for active play, so we have thought of some backup ideas to keep the fun flowing.

Rainy Day Active Play: Kids Steering Wheel, Folding Paper Planes, Gem Discovery Kit, Classic Kids YoYo.

Do you have a favourite way to keep the kids active over summer that isn’t on our list? Let parents know in the comments below!

Ben Williamson
Creative Writer
Ben is passionate about Montessori learning for children and has written for many parenting publications to bring the magic of real play to families in the UK. After graduating in 2009, his career has enabled him to work in areas such as Child Development and Psychology. As a great believer that learning starts at home, he combines his experience with his own parenting style to help bring other families together.