The best toys to keep your kids entertained during the school summer holidays 2022 - from books to swim toys
While six weeks off school may be a dream for kids, it can present something of a nightmare for parents. Never fear - these fabulous toys will help keep your child entertained this summer holiday
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The summer holidays may be greeted with whoops of delight from children, but their parents are more likely to let out an anxious sigh of impending exasperation. Just how are they going to keep those little angels occupied for the whole of the summer holiday?
While older kids with the freedom to roam can often be relied upon to keep themselves entertained for large parts of the vacation, it’s the younger ones that need more constant attention, so arming yourself with suitable activities is advisable.
To provide you with some inspiration for things that might give you a bit of peace and quiet for a few precious minutes, we’ve come up with a range of different toys and crafts that will keep them busy.
There are suggestions for those with a garden, and ideas for inside when the weather inevitably goes bad. And while some activities may need input from parents (particularly for those who have only completed one or two school years), there are several more they can enjoy all on their own.
Besides looking at things that are fun to play with, we’ve also highlighted some activities that will help support their educational development. And if you’re taking the family on a vacation, a few of them can be packed with you, hopefully occupying them during at least part of the car journey, besides giving you a chance to relax when you’ve arrived.
The summer holidays may well seem like a long time for parents of young school kids, but with some careful planning and a few tricks up your sleeve, it might not be quite as stressful as you might imagine.
If you’re looking to cool your kids down in the summer heat, check out our list of the best paddling pools for 2022, or head to the beach with one of these fantastic body boards. If they’re a bit more confident in the surf, try them on one of these surfboards, or our best rated SUPs.
Best toys for summer holidays at a glance
- Best for digital entertainment: Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet
- Best for spending time in the garden: Waltons Buttercup Shop Playhouse
- Best for crafting activities: toucan Box
- Best for outdoor fun: Plum Wave Springsafe Trampoline, 8ft
- Best for in the kitchen: Lakeland Kids Ultimate Baking Set
- Best for an educational magazine: Britannica Magazine
- Best for family games: Waboba Backnine Disc Golf
- Best for endless creativity: Lego Classic Box
- Best for reading: Bunny Vs Monkey: Rise of the Maniacal Badger by Jamie Smart
- Best for rainy days: Usborne 300 Piece Jigsaw Dinosaur and Timeline