Apple Bobbing - the perfect game for a summer's afternoon but best played in the garden.
A-Z of Summer: BBQs
There's nothing better in the summer than getting all the family together for a BBQ. But don't just settle a few burgers and sausages.
Why not get the children together, lay the ingredients out on a table outside and come up with some mouth-watering dishes.
Here are our 5 top tips for excellent BBQ food:
- Brush food with oil. This will prevent sticking. Olive oil is theprefered choice. Don’t brush the grill, it will burn your brush!
- For most meats, sear over high heat first, then move to lower heat to finish.
- Turn often. Don’t let too much juice accumulate on the top of the meat…you will only lose that juice once you turn it over
- When seasoning, larger roasts should be seasoned and then wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight. Smaller cuts of meat should be seasoned 1 - 2 hours prior to cooking
- If using a marinade to baste, BOIL it first!
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Whatever you choose to do enjoy the scent of summer with Vax and Heart.
BBQ. It had to be barbecues. Take a look at our favourite recipe of the moment and some top tips.
Collage - Get creative with a collage; a piece of art made up of lots of different materials.
Dens. Make the ultimate hide out where it's invitation only with secret passwords.
Egg and Spoon race. Recreate the sports day classic but make sure there's no cheating from mum and dad.
Follow My Leader. A great game to get the kids marching, skipping, hopping and singing.
Games Night. Ideas for the best board games, card games and the 'Who Am I?' game.
Hide and Seek. A classic game which can be played inside or out. Who will be found first?
Ice Lollies. Perfect to cool down on a hot day and the chance to get fruity at home.
Jenga. Keep your hand steady as you remove the blocks from the tower.
Kite Building. Get some real satisfaction by building your own and letting it go in a puff of wind.
Ladybird Garden. Be prepared to get some dirty fingers and 'borrow' a few flowers from the garden.
Mud Pies. These are tasty treats you can eat and get messy at the same time!
Noughts and Crosses. A simple but fun game which can soon become full of strategy and tactics!
Obstacle Course. There's so many ways you set a tricky course full of traps and tricks.
Paddling Pools. The perfect place to cool off on a hot summer's day.
Quoits. There's plenty of variations of this deck game and you don't need a boat to play it.
Rummaging for bugs. Go on, be brave have a look in the garden and turn over some rocks!
Skipping. Can your criss cross or double under? Check out the fun you can have with a skipping rope.
Treasure Hunt. Cryptic clues, photo clues or 'hot' and 'cold' can make for a great afternoon inside or out.
Under the Stars. On a clear night do some star-gazing or for the real young, make your own!
Vegetable patch. Have fun and be healthy by growing you own veg..it's not as difficult as it sounds.
Water fights...what better way to cool off during the summer than getting the super soakers out.
X-Box, check out our guide some of the latest games available for the console.