In the UK we often struggle to get any warm weather in the summer and when we do we struggle to decide what to do with it. If you have young children, they will be very eager to go outside and make the most of the weather. You should come up with some fun games that will keep them entertained for hours enjoying the very rare hot summer weather.
If you have quite a large patio area and you know your kids love being creative, why not give them some garden chalks to start drawing on the floors and walls. There are many different games that can come from chalk painting; the first obvious one is drawing. Your children can create gorgeous summer pictures that will keep them entertained for hours.
Once they get bored of this, why not suggest making hopscotch? Try and make it as colourful as possible as the bright colours will keep their interest for longer.
Another great game that can come from chalk painting is a target range. Choose a wall in your garden somewhere safe and away from windows and draw several big circles. Get a soft ball and your children have to hit one of the circles to get points and the winner gets a prize.
The great thing about chalk painting is that it will wash off the next day with a splash of water or a little rain so your children can do it all again.
Why not put a tent up in the garden where your children can pretend to go camping. If you don’t have a tent, you can use an old blanket or sheet and drape it over a clothes line, chairs and some canes. This is a great place to have a picnic and to protect your children from being in the sun the whole day.
One of my most favoured games when I was a child was a treasure hunt; you can hide treasure or clues around the garden leading you to the treasure. You can even put some treasure or clues in the house to keep the game going on for even longer.
We all know how much children love sports day, so why not make your own family sports day? If you want you can suggest inviting some of your children’s friends over for the games as long as you have enough room in your garden. You can play the traditional games such as, egg and spoon race, sack race, wheel-barrow race etc. You can also make an obstacle course that kids have to tackle.
If you think back to when you was a child, you probably loved going around the garden and picking out different bugs and it is the same for your child now. Set a challenge to see how many different bugs they can find in 5 minutes.