A weekend can seem like a fortnight when the kids are pestering you. And who better than the brains behind some of the most exciting summer holiday camps in England to give you some tips on getting a little relief.
We’ve picked up tricks over the years from running kids summer camps for teens in the UK. Here are our top tips:
Dig out the colouring books, felt tips, coloured pencils and crayons and set junior up at the kitchen table. Your child will quite happily get to work. And even if it’s just for a few minutes, it’s some quiet time to relish.
You never know, you might want to join in – all those mindfulness colouring books have a point about how relaxing it is.
It’s counter-intuitive, but sometimes two kids are better than one. At kids summer camps UK-wide, professionals know that playing with pals is a top priority for campers.
So invite one of your child’s friends over for a play date. Sure, it’ll take a bit of organising and you’ll need to keep snacks handy, but they’ll amuse each other most of the time, giving you the chance to get the ironing done – or kick back with a coffee and a good book.
The bonus is, the other child’s parent will feel they owe you a favour – and invite your little one over.
Buy some balls
Seriously? You don’t have any balls around the house. Our summer camps in England can’t function without them! You can pick up a couple of tennis balls and a football for about a fiver in supermarkets.
Toss them out into the garden – and the kids with them. They’ll be bouncing, throwing, catching and kicking those balls before you know it.
It might mean a bit of noise – but at least they’re not under your feet.
It’s our experience that whether we’re running activities for young kids or Summer camps for teens, UK children can’t resist a ball.
And they’re accidentally exercising, while improving their hand-eye coordination.
This is one that goes down well at our preschool Summer camps and at slightly older kids Summer camps UK-wide.
OK, it takes a little organising but it’s worth it for those precious minutes of peace.
There’s two ways to do this. With the very youngest children, you’ll need to use the follow-the-arrows method. So draw some arrows on sheets of paper and hide them around the garden, each pointing to the next on the route. Or make arrows out of sticks and rocks.
For older kids, devise some clues tied into the locations where they’re hidden. If you’re devious enough, this will keep them busy for ages.
Most importantly, make sure there’s something magnificent at the end of the trail.
And finally …Tell your child to tidy their room
OK, we realise they aren’t going to do it – but they’ll spend at least 30 minutes in there pretending they’re doing it.
And that’s plenty of time for you to enjoy a cool drink in the sunshine.
If you want to break up your summer holidays, why not take a look at our summer camps?