Our Summer Challenge

Our Summer Challenge
Yesterday, Rory broke up for the Summer Holidays.  We both love a little challenge and so we decided to come up with a list of things to do during the Summer.  This was inspired by our Reconnecting with Autumn adventures.  We had such a fantastic time doing lots of Autumn activities and ticking them off our list that we thought it’d be great to do something for the summer holidays!

If fancy having a go at our Summer Challenge, I have attached the check list which we are using to this post so you can print it off and join in too!
Our Summer Challenge Printable

1.) Play A Game Of Rounders
We really want to ensure we make some memories together as a family, especially when Daddy isn’t at work, so this is a really easy activity that we can all enjoy together and it gets the boys outside and activie which is fantastic too.

2.) Have a Trip To The Theatre
We are going to see Madagascar: The Musical at the Marlowe Theatre, which Rory is very excited about.  This one is definitely a big treat.  However, if you fancy a trip to the theatre but can’t quite face the cost of the tickets, why not investigate whether or not there is an amateur dramatics group doing something child friendly near you.  This is a great way for children to enjoy the wonders of the theatre at a fraction of the cost of professional theatre.

3.) Go Out For Breakfast
A lot of our family’s memory making exploits revolve around food and we do love going out for breakfast together.  During the Summer Holidays, I want to take the boys to a little french café for Petit Dejunér.  This is perfect for Rory as he’s been attending French classes for three years.  It was also Mummy and Daddy’s favourite weekend treat before we had children!
Cafe St Pierre

4.) Do Some Messy Play
Rory and I do love a little trawl across Pinterest and we’ve found some fantastic messy play activities which we think that both Rory and Rowan will enjoy.  One of our activities is to make some chocolate cloud dough and set up a hot chocolate cafe in our tuff tray!  Hopefully, we’ll be able to do lots of messy play and tuff tray activities during the holidays.

5.) Visit A Friend or Relative You Haven’t Seen For A While
Recently, my brother, the boys’ absolutely adored uncle, moved to start a new job.  He went from being down the road to three hours away so we are going to go and stay with him for a week.

6.) Do A Scavenger Hunt!
This one absolutely had to be on the list.  I’m sure we’ll do a few of these over the Summer Holidays.  If you need some inspiration, you can use my free printables for scavenger hunts on the Beach or In The Countryside.

7.) Do A Litter Pick
We have quite a few organised litter picks which happen near us so we may try and join up with one of these.  If not, we’ll definitely be taking a litter grabber and a bag with us for a walk.  Since we visited Spain and Rory saw how much plastic was floating around in the sea, he has been so much more aware of the litter around him and it’s impact.
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8.) Do Some Baking
Since Rory has started school, we seem to bake together less and less so this is definitely something we want to do more of over the holidays.  Making Gingerbread Men and decorating them is one of Rory’s favourites!

9.) Get Creative
We quite enjoy having a trip to our local pottery painting shop during the holidays.  If you are on a budget for your Summer Holidays activities, it’s worth seeing if you local shop has any special offers on.  Our local one has a ‘Only One Left’ shelf which has pieces which are being discontinued and so you can paint at a reduced price!  We also love the craft sets from Poundland.  For just £1, they give hours of entertainment.  We have done a variety of their kits including  painting, sewing and collaging.

10.) Do A Random Act of Kindness
I always think it’s nice to do something for someone else so we’ll be trying to a random act of kindness during the holidays.  It will probably involve making a sweet treat for our neighbours such as our Kindness Fudge.
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11.) Have A Movie Night
Rory and I both really love Harry Potter so I’m sure watching Harry Potter will be on the cards.  We really enjoy getting together some snacks and watching a movie in our PJs!

12.) Have A Train Day
A lot of the time, as the younger sibling,  Rowan finds himself going along with what Rory wants to do.  This activity is really about Rowan, although Rory will love it too.  Rowan loves anything that involves trains whether that is playing with his train set, or riding on a train.  Luckily, we have two fantastic railways near us so we will definitely be visiting one of these during the summer.  If the weather stays nice, it’s a really nice treat to travel on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway out to the coast for Fish and Chips!

13.) Go On A Mini Beast Hunt
We are really forunate to live close to Singleton Environment Centre which had meadows and community woodland so is perfect for looking for mini beasts but this could also be done in the garden.  It’s great to take magnifying glasses with you so you can get a really close look at who you discover!

14.) Have A Space Day
Rory wants to be an astronaut when he is older.  A couple of years ago, I did a Space Day for him.  Rowan was very tiny but now he’s a bit older I think he’d love it too.  We did things like Space Yoga (following a youtube video), finding moonrocks, eating space snacks and doing space crafts.  It was such a great day that I feel it would definitely be worth doing again!
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15.) Visit A Museum
Investigate what local museums you have near you because they are hidden treasures!  The small, local museums are often free because they are run by very passionate volunteers.  They usually have great activities for children to do too!  They are often about the local history of where you live which is fascinating for adults too!

16.) Have A Pyjama Day
We spend our lives rushing around doing so many things that we want to ensure that we include some chilling time in our holiday plans!

17.) Read A Book By An Author You Haven’t Read Before
Rory and Rowan are both book worms so I’m sure they will love investigating lots of new book and finding new authors that they love!

18.) Have Fun With Water
The boys both love swimming so we will definitely be having some visits to our local pool especially when the slides and lazy river are open.  We’ll also be having some water fun in the garden whether that be in the paddling pool, a water fight or something else!

19.) Try A Food You Haven’t Tasted Before
We always endeavour to encourage the boys to eat healthily and to keep exploring the culinary world.  I’m sure this challenge will involve doing some cooking together and finding a new dish they haven’t tried before.
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20.) Do Some Science Experiments
We do love getting sciencey and the boys love doing some fun science experiments.  If you’re after some inspiration, there’s plenty you can do with vinegar including making a bouncy egg which is always a fun one!

If we’ve inspired you this summer and you have a go at any of these activities do let me know in the comments and if you share your fun please do tag me as I’d love to see what you’ve been up to!  You can find me on Instagram and Twitter 

Our Summer Challenge Printable

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
Musings Of A Tired Mummy
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Confessions of a New Mummy

Cuddle Fairy

 

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Mummykind says:

    Aww great ideas! I would like to do one of these with my girls when they’re a little older! #KCACOLS

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  2. Coombe Mill says:

    A lovely list of activities I hope you work your way through them all. Scanvenger hunt is always a good one for outdoor fun #KCACOLS

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  3. Natasha Mairs - Serenity You says:

    I have also made a summer bucket list with 50 fun ideas. Love the litter pick idea! #MMBC

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  4. What a fab list of ideas. def saving this for the summer as i know we will be bored come next week lol !
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time!

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  5. RaisieBay says:

    I love it! What a fabulous list of ideas. I love that some are so simple and others more complicated, you’ve really mixed things up. We do have a list for summer and I’m just in the process of writing about it. It’s not as extensive as yours though, but you may have given me some more ideas.
    #mmbc

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  6. I love your list. Wonderful memories in the making and lovely to include the whole family. We do a summer bucket list each year. Some old favourites are always on there, but I do add new ones. We break up tomorrow. Can’t wait. #MMBC

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  7. Kim Carberry says:

    It sounds like you have some great plans for the summer! What fab ideas! I love the sound of the Space Day! x

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  8. Lorna Holland says:

    This sounds like a wonderful way to spend the summer holidays – I hope you all have a brilliant time ticking items off the list! #MMBC

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  9. Karen Dennis says:

    I often did scavenger hunts for the children when I was working as a registered child minder, great fun #stayclassymama@_karendennis

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  10. I love your list! You brought back fond memories of things I did as a child or things I have done as a parent. Must include some this year! #StayClassyMama

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  11. Some lovely ideas here for all of us. My favourite is the petit dejeuner one! Thank you #KCACOLS

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  12. Lydia C. Lee says:

    The space day is gorgeous!! #Stayclassymama

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  13. Alice V says:

    Great list of ideas! I recently did two scavenger hunts for the first time with my girls and I was surprised how much they liked doing them. They were having so much fun trying to find things around the house and outside in the yard.

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  14. I love this list! There are quite a few ideas here that I hadn’t thought of that I’ll now be adding to our list for the summer, so thank you! x #KCACOLS

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  15. Jayne SMABL says:

    What fab ideas! I love the random act of kindness.
    We will be having fun working through our summer bucket list too. Enjoy your time together! 🙂 #MMBC

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  16. This is a great idea. I don’t think I will be able to get my teen to do many of these, the only thing I know we will definitely do is movie days/nights as we both love doing these together.
    #MMBC

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  17. I love this list, the activity ideas are fab and I really like that you’ve made a checklist as well. Brilliant! X #MMBC

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  18. Lilyfae says:

    I like the idea of going out for breakfast. That sounds a lovely adventure #MMBC

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  19. Carol says:

    Great memory makers on your list – I bet lots of future posts are hidden there. #MMBC

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  20. Some great ideas for little ones there, I love the scavenger hunt, I could probably coerce my teens into that one and the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway has really taken me back to my own childhood. Have a fantastic summer #TwinklyTuesday xx

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  21. endardoo says:

    Our kids are too old for a lot of these activities, but if you get even half of them in, then you will have had a brilliant summer! Well done you!! #DreamYeam

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  22. Karen Dennis says:

    Popping back #bloggerclubuk@_karendennis

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  23. What a lovely set of ideas! I hope you manage them! I particularly love the RHDR as my hubby Chris used to catch the train to school when he was a child, we visit a few times a year 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

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  24. This sounds like a wonderful summer challenge to embrace. I hope you get to check everything off your list. Thank you for sharing your resources with us too. #KCACOLS

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  25. crummymummy1 says:

    We’re actually off to the theatre on Monday to see Tabby McTat – we can’t wait! #KCACOLS

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  26. We just got home from holiday and now the days are stretching ahead of us so we shall have a go at some of these! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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  27. Rosie Doal says:

    There are some fantastic little outings and challenges on this list. Hope you tick them all off x #MMBC

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  28. There’s some lovely ideas on your list, hope you manage to complete it all!

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  29. Love this list, I think it’s perfectly balanced. We tend to try and fit in lots of planned activities but burn out. I think things like go out for a late breakfast and have a pj day are sometimes all we need. Thanks for sharing #MMBC

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  30. You have some great ideas here. I love the idea of a pyjama day 🙂

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  31. I love your Summer challenge idea. I will make it to me for next year

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