100+ ideas for the summer holiday

Your summer sorted!

Images: Getty | Words: Sara Conway

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy! Err, unless you have kids, that is. If the school holidays fill you with fear, don’t worry! These cheap, 5 minute ideas will keep your kids busy every day. It’s our way of giving your time back to you. Please like and share!

1-5 These crafts scream summer with a seagull, fancy ice cream, watermelon, beach and sunshine all to make from paper plates.

6-10 Paint bottles dried up? These 5 homemade paint ideas use stuff you’re bound to have at home. Including hot chocolate – genius!

11-15 Festivalling with kids can be fun for the whole family. These 5 activities will make yours go without a hitch. Also ideal for camping trips and weddings…

16-20 Yes, slime is still a big trend, so invest in a bottle of contact lens solution and keep them smiling all summer. These recipes create perfect slime every time.

21-25 Spread a little magic with these 5 unicorn makes, which include some fabulous horns to wear.

26-30 Remember to squirrel away useful packaging for art projects. This post has 5 clever ways with egg boxes. We love the little rock chicks!

31-35 Need 5 minutes to hang out the washing? Sacrifice a few pegs so they can make these butterflies, snappy crocs, peg people and more!

36-40 Have a sparkly kind of day. Invest in a £1 bag of sequins so they can make all these!

41-45 We love the old-school nature of these fabulous tin foil crafts, which include a washing up bottle rocket. Nice to see them making stuff we used to…

46-50 Children should be seen and not heard, right? Well that’s never going to happen. So let them shake, rattle and roll with these instant musical makes.

51-55 We love these sponge print lollies! And there are plenty more printing ideas in this post.

56-60 A real treat – quick and easy milkshakes for long summer days. And we love the cheeky adult versions for when the kids are in bed.

61-65 You’ve huffed, puffed and filled up the paddling pool and now no-one’s playing in it. These 5 games will make sure they appreciate your efforts…

66-68 Forget boring old sandcastles. Take their sculpting to the next level with these 3 ideas. Ideal for sand trays or beach days.

69 Embrace nature and make a simple bird feeder.

70 Tone your tummy muscles with this 5-minute workout the kids can help with!

71-75 Craving a lie-in? Try these storytelling ideas. They help you keep the kids entertained with your eyes closed.

76-80 Get everyone outside on a fine day and have a fun activity waiting when you get home with these nature crafts.

81-85 Enjoy a classic story together and then bring it to life – with these 5 crafts inspired by The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

86-90 Tear them away from reruns of Peppa Pig with these wholesome games inspired by the show.

91-95 If it rains (in British summertime, surely not?), try a project like making homemade salt dough. This post has the recipe and 5 things to make with it.

96-98 Braving a train or plane? Bank these on-the-go ideas to make the journey whizz by.

99-101 If they’ve still got a lot of energy to run off, channel it into these heroic games starring their favourite characters!

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