It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has made life somewhat challenging and even miserable for most people. But, it’s the children who were affected by COVID-19 the most, as most got forced to stay home from school and endure home learning due to lockdowns.

Today, the pandemic is now something we must all live with in much the same way we live with colds and the flu. Restrictions are gradually lifting in the UK, making it possible to enjoy some sense of normality.

Fun and Educational Ideas for the School Holidays

When it comes to the summer school holidays, kids won’t want to spend most of that time stuck at home, just like they did for home learning a few months ago. With that in mind, you will undoubtedly be looking at ways to entertain and inspire your children during the holidays.

The following is a non-exhaustive selection of fun ideas for day trips and even holidays, which can also have an educational element. Check them out:

1. Camping

The first idea is one you’ve probably done a few times before with your kids. Camping is undoubtedly a fun way to spend some time away from home and enjoy new experiences. 

Britain is awash with campsites and holiday parks, so you won’t find it hard to choose a destination. You could teach your child survival skills when you go camping and how to identify wildlife, for example.

2. Skiing

Have your children ever gone on school ski trips in the past and loved their experiences? If so, you could do the same thing with them but as a family. We’re obviously not anywhere near the Alps, but there are plenty of indoor ski centres in the UK.

Skiing can be educational because it teaches kids about teamwork and helps them to improve their cognitive skills.

3. Kayaking

If there’s one thing kids love doing during the summer holidays, it’s spending lots of time in the water! Apart from swimming at a local leisure centre and taking a day trip to the beach, there are plenty of other water-based fun activities that your offspring can enjoy.

One such example is kayaking. It’s a great way to learn about navigating local watercourses and, as with skiing, improving cognitive skills.

4. Geocaching

Geocaching is a bit like going on a treasure hunt. You have to follow some clues to find the “treasure”, and once you’ve found it, you can add your name and date to a log to show that you’ve been there.

You can use the geocaching app on a smartphone, and it will tell you all of your nearest geocaching sites. Geocaching can teach kids how to navigate using a compass, and it’s also a good way of identifying wildlife and insects in rural settings.

5. Visit a Museum

Lastly, another fun idea that includes educational elements is to visit a museum. Thankfully, there are plenty of museums in the UK focused on a range of topics, such as art, science, and history.

Many museums are also free to enter, and they can provide an enjoyable and stimulating experience for kids of all ages.

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