6 Activities to enjoy this summer with your little ones

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6 Activities to enjoy this summer with your little ones

 

Making positive memories with your children is so important, with children remembering these moments as the best times of their lives! The long summer break is just around the corner, so it is essential that you are prepared with ideas to make sure boredom is out of sight. Looking for ways to keep your little ones occupied this summer? We’ve rounded up some fun activities you can do with your children this year!

 

 

 

Bike rides and hikes

There are many beautiful nature reserves and trails that you can enjoy on a summers day. Take your kids out for a fun bike ride or hike either near your home or on a one of UKs nature trail. Greenwich Park is a great place to visit when the sun is shining; with views of London, grass areas to run around as well as beautiful trees that support an array of wildlife – you can keep your eyes peeled for lots of interesting birds and insects – this is a great place for a family day out! Oxleas Woods is also a brilliant adventure with multiple dedicated bike riding routes amongst the last remaining areas of ancient woodland in London.

 

 

Sensory boxes

Children absorb skills from experiential methods of learning – this can be done using super cool sensory boxes! From creating mini beach settings in a small tub, with sand, shells and glitter to make it visually and physically appealing and engage all of the senses. Make sure to not overlook the smaller things – our children can learn and interact with an array of objects that we wouldn’t take much notice of. Want to make your own? Here’s a little step by step guide:

  1. Choose a good container – large storage containers or big tupper-ware pots.
  2. Choose your sensory bin filler – Household items like colourful pasta and rice are great. You can also add glitter, sand, toys and shells to make the box more interesting.
  3. Add fun tools – Use kitchen utensils like measuring cups, plastic jars, spoons and cups.
  4. Get creative – choose a theme for your sensory box, like a ‘beach day’ theme with sand, shells and kids shovels.

 

 

Arts & Crafts

When we think of arts and crafts, messy and expensive always comes to mind. However, you can add household items and nature into your crafts for a low maintenance home-based solution. Use small leaves, flowers and string to create hanging ornaments for your windows, create spaceships from delivery boxes to fly around the garden or decorate the old plates sitting in the back of the cupboard. Great household items you can use for your arts and crafts sessions include;

  • Ice cream sticks
  • Paper plates
  • String
  • Cereal carton
  • Toilet rolls
  • Milk bottles

 

 

Home baking

Cookies, cakes and sweet treats are a fun and creative way of keeping your little ones occupied for hours! There are a huge variety of healthy but fun treats that you can create as not only a great afternoon activity but to also promote healthy eating. Here is a great recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies:

 

Ingredients

3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter, cooled

1/2 c. packed brown sugar

1/2 c. granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 3/4 c. almond flour

1/2 c. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. kosher salt

1 1/4 c. chocolate chips

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugars until smooth. Add in eggs and vanilla and whisk until smooth and slightly thickened.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Fold almond mixture into butter mixture until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. For cookies that hold better shape when baked, chill dough for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375°. Line two baking sheets with parchment. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop balls of dough on prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake until edges are golden and center is just set, 10 to 12 minutes.

 

 

Pack a picnic

Take a visit to your local or favourite park and take a tasty picnic to enjoy in the sun! Involve your little ones in making the sandwiches and other snacks you want to take along, choose a nice big blanket to lay on the grass, and take some fun outdoor games to enjoy! Only a short distance from Little Cubs Academy Greenwich we have the magical Cutty Shark ship which will take the imagination of any future voyagers as well as The Maritime Museum which is free to enter and designed specifically for children.

 

 

Take a trip to the pictures!

Greenwich is home to a fantastic picture house showing an array of new films and olden goldies great for kids. Their picture house is a great alternative to the large cinema chains and offers a lovely intimate and (very!) comfortable environment to sit back and relax and keep the kids entertained.

 

 

Have fun this summer with these activities you can enjoy with your little ones! Whether you’re staying home or heading out, we’re sure these fun activities will create many good memories – and get your mind thinking of other amazing activities too!

At Little Cubs Academy both our Honor Oak Nursery and Greenwich Nursery believe that children should be allowed to explore, discover and have access to the fresh air and outdoors – therefore we love when summer arrives! We pride ourselves on our forest schools and each week our children go on adventures to local nature reserves, woodlands, parks, and farms.

 

If you would like to discuss our forest school and summer fun activities, get in touch today and speak with our Head Teachers.

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