Beating school break kids' boredom blues on budget

With school holidays approaching, families will welcome advice on how to fill children’s spare time with fun activities that won’t break the bank.

I spy school holiday fun (photo: Adobe)
I spy school holiday fun (photo: Adobe)

Online wholesaler Wholesale Sweets offer budget friendly tips on how to prevent kids' "I'm bored!" summer break cries.

They’ve looked at a variety of both indoor and outdoor options and among their suggestions are organising a treasure hunt and camping in the garden.

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Here are some ideas ...

Park life always proves popular among summer pastimes (photo: Adobe)

Treasure hunt

What could be more exciting than looking for a hidden treasure around the house and garden?

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The kids could follow a map and solve clues to find a prize.

Baking

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Family baking makes a fun rainy day activity.

You could opt for something easy like baking cookies or muffins, or why not try making and decorating their favourite cake?

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This will be a fun hands-on experience for the little sweet tooths.

Home cinema

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Save money on tickets by setting up your own little home cinema.

Choose a film to stream, dim the lights and get some cinema snacks.

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You can get small popcorn boxes and put out sweets in different containers so the kids can have a pick and mix.

Picnic

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Food always tastes better outdoors!

So, lay out a blanket on the grass and have a little picnic in the sun.

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You can also bring along some games and invite friends to make it even more fun.

Garden camping

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You don’t need to get away to go camping.

Instead, you can just set up the tent in your backyard to feel the thrill of sleeping outdoors.

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For the real camping experience you can also roast marshmallows, sing some songs and tell fun stories.

DIY projects

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Get creative with arts and crafts projects like painting or making your own bracelets.

Crafting is an activity that the whole family can get involved in as it’s suitable for children of different ages and is also fun and exciting for the parents.

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Family games

Pick out some of your favourite board games and gather the family around the table for an exciting games night.

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You could also play games that don’t require much equipment, like charades or hide and seek.

Park life

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Enjoy the weather and fresh air on a day out in the park, where children can have fun on the playground, play ball, fly a kite and run around.

Water balloons

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Playing with water is a great and refreshing option for those hot summer days.

You can tackle the heat by having fun running around and throwing water balloons.

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Kathryn Hague, from Wholesale Sweets, said: “School holidays are just around the corner and, for many people, this time is associated with financial worries, especially now with the surge in living costs.

“However, there are many ways to make the most out of the long break and share quality time with the family without spending a fortune”.

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Kathryn continued: “One of the best ways to save money when preparing for summer activities with children is to bulk buy things you’ll need a fair amount of so you can take advantage of the wholesale prices.

“The key is to do a little bit of preparation. The time and effort will be worth it after seeing the children’s happy faces.”