Written by Dottie of Folksy shop ‘Dottie Designs‘
As the long summer holidays loom on the horizon we all dream of weeks away, endless sunshine and houses filled with the laughter of our little ones…
The reality is far more that there will be rainy stay inside days and boredom and moaning. Most children over 5 will then resort to the necessity of electronic entertainment. TV’s, DS’s, computers all have their place but how about getting them doing something creative!
My own older kids will moan about having to do anything arty until the minute that they sit down and get started. Then they will produce the next masterpiece that needs to be kept forever and really enjoy it.
I asked for some advice on the Folksy forums about what people recommended for children to do in the holidays and got a great selection of things for sale and ideas for things to do.
Cowbag has a brilliant tote bag with goodies in, perfect for grabbing on the way out for something to entertain the youngsters at Grandma’s!
There are quite a few home-educators on Folksy and Zoe from TopFloorTreasures had some great advice….
” I home educate my daughter and over the last 3 years she’s been out of school we have got a lot of use out of The Crafty Crow website – a fantastic website full of craft ideas for kids of all ages. Also, we use Home Schooling which has some excellent and fun activities that all kids would enjoy.
DottiesCards has a range of card making kits that can be tailored to a child’s age, or even to the number of children that you are going to use it for. 3 kids, clearly you need 3 pairs of scissors, much less fighting!
For girls, big and little, you can’t go far wrong with a bit of jewellery making! Supplies by Emma Cressey sells the most scrumptious jewellery making kit that is sure to brighten the dullest of August rainy days!
Seethewoods has a brilliant suggestion for getting the kids creative outside.
“Liquid chalk. Mix cornflour or rice flour with enough water to make it the consistency of cream, divvy it up into bowls and mix in food colouring then let the kids go mad painting outside with it. The rain washes it all away, you can paint it on absolutely anything (we’ve had multicoloured plants, walls, ground, plantpots) and they can even paint in the pouring rain and make rainbow rivers.
Just have towels and baby wipes ready at the back door when they’re finished:)”
Lemon Squeezy has a lovely bunting making kit.
Or pop on over to Paper and String and have a look at their doughnut knitting kit. Fabulous!
Enjoy the Summer holidays!