Summer activities for all the family

Need some new ideas on what to do with the family during the rest of the summer holidays? Or perhaps you would prefer to save a little bit of money? Rather than going on a day trip to the zoo, try a day out in the country or even in your back garden! The titles below offer these alternative activities and more!

300 step-by-step cooks & gardening projects for kids, Nancy McDougall

Children love to get their hands dirty and this book is packed with 300 exciting and educational projects that will keep them entertained in both the kitchen and the garden.

101 things for kids to do outside, Dawn Isaac

Packed with games, projects, crafts, experiments and gardening inspiration, this book will have your children racing out to try something new. The huge selection of ideas covers all four seasons and ranges from quick 10-minute activities to a full day of fun.

Puppets, Anna-Maria D’Cruz

Part of a craft series for children, this book offers step-by-step projects for making and using puppets.

50 fantastic ideas for physical activity outdoors, Alistair Bryce-Clegg

The ’50 Fantastic’ series is a no nonsense, ideas bank – no frills, just 50 examples of great ideas already in practice! Ideal for the busy practitioner they offer a ‘dip in’ approach to accessing ideas that they may not have thought of.

The countryside book,  Tessa Wardley

Britain’s countryside offers a host of varied habitats for the walker, the amateur naturalist and the family in search of entertainment for children. This brand new collection of reflections on and activities to do in the countryside from an author passionate about reconnecting both children and adults with nature offers ideas for a range of activities all of which will enhance the reader’s enjoyment of and engagement with, the natural world.

100 family adventures, Tim, Kerry, Amy and Ella Meek

Adventure is out there – you just have to go and find it! Childhood obesity is increasing year on year. Happiness and well-being levels in children are on the decline too. Children spend less time outside and more time in front of screens: computers, phones, games, television. 100 Family Adventures provides a valuable resource bank of tried and tested outdoor activities to enjoy with children, swapping ‘screen time’ for ‘green time’.

Kids in the kitchen, Amanda Grant

Let your kids make their own food with 50 fun recipes that will not only encourage future healthy eating habits but also develop motor skills, cognitive development and self-confidence plus you won’t have to cook! Children’s reading books, toys and games are often targeted at specific age groups, and this new book by ‘one of the UK’s leading children’s food educators’, Amanda Grant teaches core cooking skills designed for children aged 3-5 years, 5-7 years and 7-11 years.

Crafts for kids, Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart’s Crafts for Kids is filled with 175 clever projects and activities. With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, helpful tips, templates, and colourful photos, there is everything your child will need to make an array of fantastic craft projects. The projects are fun, yet serve a practical purpose; kids can wear, decorate, and play with what they make. Filled with ideas for a range of ages, skill levels, and interests, this book lets children’s creativity run wild, while creating precious memories as parents and kids learn and create as a team.

Magic tricks to make and do, Ben Denne

Utilizing everyday materials as props, the magic tricks presented in this book include card tricks, disappearing coins and incredible shrinking wands. Step-by-step instructions and numerous illustrations show how to do each trick, and the book also contains a number of magic-related jokes.

Rock your room, Laura Torres

From funky ways to customize your clothes to cool suggestions on how to style up your school stuff, this fun, imaginative series will appeal to creative kids. Each title is packed with projects that use recycled and easy-to-find materials.

3 thoughts on “Summer activities for all the family”

  1. I approached this list with trepidation after all my previous attempts – ‘would the links work this time’ I wondered……EUREKA!
    Please pass on my thanks to whoever sorted the problem of the links not working.


    1. Sounds like the first line from the first page of a novel…….
      Must admit like you I’m glad things have been sorted out.


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