don’t get stuck this summer!

Finding fun children’s activities to fill long summer days can be tricky at times. But, fear not! Some of our favourite, family-friendly organisations have done a bit of thinking on our behalf. Here’s a quick round-up of a few of the best things to keep your children out of mischief this summer.

Set them a challenge

The National Trust’s ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾’ initiative is a brilliant list of activities to get your children off the sofa and into the great outdoors. Ideas include things like ‘catch a crab’, ‘visit a farm’ and ‘explore a cave’, and they must tick as many of the ‘50 things’ off their list as possible. The more they do, the more rewards they’ll earn!

Get close to nature

Hop over to our exclusive Woodland Trust page and you’ll find all sorts of inspiring ideas to keep little wildlife-lovers entertained. Click on the Nature Detectives link for downloadable activity sheets covering everything from snail racing to boat building. And if you fancy a woodland walk, click on the ‘Visit Woods’ link, type in your postcode, and you’ll find out where your nearest woodland is.

Don’t forget, you can help us plant 10,000 trees with the Woodland Trust with our special packs! Find out more here.

Get cooking

A lazy picnic is the perfect way to spend a sunny day. As well as the picnic link on our Woodland Trust page – which includes recipes, tips and games – we’ve got all manner of scrumptious recipes that would make perfect picnic treats, like these yummy Blackberry Muffins. And if the weather’s not up to much, why not have your own mini bake-off at home and try a few more of our tasty bakes?

Step back in time

English Heritage has a great listing of kids’ and family events going on around the country that are not only fun, but just the right side of educational, too. Just type in your postcode to find out what’s going on near you – we particularly fancy the Summer Fun Trail at Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire and the Time Travellers Go Knights & Princesses event in Warwickshire.

Have fun!

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