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Summer Activities For Your Child

The summer holidays are often the highlight of your child’s year! Providing the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your little ones exploring, having fun and visiting new places, the thought of the six weeks is what gets most children through the school year.

However, six weeks is a long time to fill, especially when it comes to keeping your little ones entertained. After all… we all know how easily they can get bored, right?

But that’s not all… days out, holidays and weekends away can also prove to be incredibly costly, especially if you are trying to cater for more than one child!

The good news is that there are a whole host of activities that the entire family can enjoy at home! We’ve created a guide outlining some of our favourite summer activities. We hope you find it useful!

Pouring station

Gather a selection of containers and jugs and fill them with water and different food colourings. Let your child mix the different coloured waters and learn how to pour into containers of different capacities. They will be able to enjoy hours of fun!

Read books or listen to audio books

Reading or listening to a book is a great activity that you and your little ones can enjoy together. And whether you are curled up on the sofa, or basking in the sunshine, reading is a great one to spark your child’s imagination and develop their language skills.


Painting is a great way for your child to exercise their creativity. Simple get out the paint and other items such as sponges, or potato shapes and allow your little ones to express themselves. Discuss the different shapes and what happens when you mix the paint colours.

Paddling pool

Filling a mini paddling pool can provide endless hours of fun, especially on a sunny day! There’s a whole hot of toys you can use in paddling pools including water pistols, inflatables and jugs. Kids also love playing with their bath toys!

Water table

Perfect for enjoying indoors our outside, this fun activity will allow you and your little ones to create fun potions and perfumes using flowers and herbs to create different scents. Use jugs, spoons and sieves and discuss the different smells with your child to discover which one they prefer.

Garden toy hunt

Hide some of your child’s toys around the garden and ask them to find as many as they can. Use the hot and cold method to let them know if they are close to finding one! This will certainly keep them on their toes.

Worm painting

Cook some spaghetti and let it cool down before dipping it into different colours of paint. You could also use different pasta shapes like shells or tubes.

Touch and feel

Using a box or bag, fill it with different objects like cotton wool, feathers, blocks and toys. Ask your child to put their hand in and guess the object they’re touching.

Create an obstacle course

Put together a mini obstacle course in the garden using tunnels, balls and boxes. Make it into a competition to see who can make it around the obstacle course the fastest.

Create a mini garden

Kids love the outdoors, no matter what time of year it is and giving your child something to grow over the summer is both fun and educational. Whether you have a corner of your garden they can use, or just use some tubs, plant different flowers and discuss how they will grow.

Here at Winchmore Hill Pre-School, we love nothing more than seeing the children in our care having fun and enjoying themselves at nursery and at home.

With this in mind, we are always happy to share our ideas with you when it comes to keeping your kids entertained this summer! So, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

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