Apple Bobbing - the perfect game for a summer's afternoon but best played in the garden.
A-Z of Summer: Dens
A den can be made anywhere, inside or out, all you need is a big sheet or blanket and something to drape it over.
If you are in a back garden you can create an instant den by draping a big sheet or blanket over a rotary washing line, you can secure it on either side with stones or logs.
Or you might have a branch hanging down low that you can turn into a hiding place with some coats, even an umbrella makes an excellent roof and you can add to it with all manner of other ‘natural building materials’ fallen branches, logs, sticks, leaves, bracken, grasses, stones and much more.
Put some bin liners on the ground to protect you from damp ground.
If the weather isn’t favourable to be outside there are plenty of places inside to build your den. If you have bunk beds you can tuck a sheet underneath the top mattress and let the material cover the front of the bed. If there is room underneath your dining room table put a big sheet right over the top so that it covers the sides, or if there isn’t the room use a couple of chairs and throw a blanket over the top.
The ultimate den is a place that’s invitation only – make up a secret password for you and your friends to use.
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*As always, please be mindful of your children’s health & safety during these activities and keep them attended to at all times
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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.