Who isn’t excited when it’s the summer holidays? However, finding new and ingenious ways to entertain kids over the long break can sometimes prove tricky. That’s why at Cath Kidston we’ve put our heads together and come up with a list of five creative, fun and interactive activities that will not only keep your little one’s minds active this summertime, but are cost effective too.
1. ACTIVITY SHEETS
One for those rainy afternoons when you’ve exhausted all the toys available, grab your colouring pencils and cosy down with these fun activity sheets.
Simply print the sheets here and get going!
Join us in store this summer for our kids book club events! A professional children’s entertainer will be on hand to read classic stories in our snug book corner. Stories to include… Classic fairy tales & Julia Donaldson books.
There are multiple events taking place around the UK, including White City, Piccadilly, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bluewater, Tottenham Court Road and Portobello. So make sure you book a free ticket for your child!
3. SOCK SNAKE
Let your crafty adventures begin with these characterful sock creations. Remember, the sock is your starting block so the brighter and fluffier the better. This is a great way for kids to show their inner artistic flair, although it could get messy so we advise using a waterproof tablecloth.
You will need
2 Ping-Pong balls for the eyes
2 small buttons for nostrils
2 googly eyes
Red felt fabric for the tongue
An adult to help with the cutting
Step 1: Choose a colourful sock, the fluffier the better
Step 2: Put your hand into the sock and tuck the toe of the sock inwards to create the snake’s mouth
Step 3: Cut out a forked tongue for the snake that is long enough to hang out of the snake’s month, stick it in place
Step 4: Position and stick the Ping-Pong ball onto the face – ensuring any writing or branding is on the back
Step 5: Stick the googly eyes on to the Ping-Pong balls. Your snake should be starting to take shape
Step 6: Stick the button nostrils into place
4. HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY ICE-LOLLIES
These super easy to make lollies can be whizzed up in no time. They are packed with vitamin C and your mini chefs will love their natural sweetness eaten on a hot summer’s day. And what kid doesn’t like sampling something they’ve made themselves? Don’t forget your aprons!
You will need
500g ripe strawberries
200ml natural yoghurt
2 teaspoon of honey, to taste
Step 1: Whizz the ingredients in a blender
Step 2: Add more honey to taste
Step 3: Divide the mixture between 8 lolly moulds, sticking a stick in each
Step 4: Freeze for at least 4 hours
5. ‘STAINED GLASS’ SUN CATCHERS
On days when the weather is a little grey, these stained glass sun catchers provide the perfect excuse to stay indoors. Although, of course, once the stained glass discs are completed and you’ve hung them in the window it is time to pray for sun – let the magical reflections to commence.
You will need
Round paper plate
Watered down water-based glue
Step 1: Tear the coloured tissue into small pieces
Step 2: Tape down a paper plate to use as base of the stained glass
Step 3: Brush the glue all over the paper plate
Step 4: Organised the colourful paper over the paper to make a colourful pattern
Step 5: Brush more glue over the paper and continue the process three or four times
Step 6: Leave it to dry
Step 7: Hang it in the window and let the sun shine through
Let us know which of these fun summer activities you try with your little ones and make sure to share any photos with us on Twitter!