The end of the summer term is nearly upon us here in England, and many parents are more than ready for a break from the school run and making the packed lunches up.
But after the initial first days of freedom, the weeks that stretch ahead will need filling. Even when you’re away on holiday, children will want entertaining and stimulating. So, over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some ideas for keeping creativity flowing. Not only will this mean enjoyment for the whole family, but a few gentle activities will make sure that children will still be learning even when they are on a much-needed break from school.
A bit of preparation just before the schools break up will help get ready for some creative activity.
1. A simple plastic folder is great for keeping stories, drawings and activity sheets together. A new one for the summer means that any work the kids do can be kept together – there’s no need to buy an expensive one as they can always decorate it with stickers.
2. New pens are also a nice way to start off any creative activity. Again, they don’t need to be very expensive ones but having something fresh and new is always exciting.
3. Join the library if you’re not already members. Library catalogues are vast and you can always reserve books that may not be in your branch. Your local library may also be running a summer reading challenge which will encourage your children to do some reading all through the holidays. Check here if you live in the UK: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/src-schools
4. We love notebooks at Inkpots and one of the things I have realised over the years the kind of notebook which works best is a very personal thing. So, it’s always lovely to have a new book to start the holidays off – but do just check that the binding you choose is the right one for your child. A trip to the local stationery shop may be in order!5. 5. Find a book you can all read together. The next blog I do will give some suggestions for summer reading. If you haven’t read any children’s books lately, you’re in for a treat, as there are some good ones out there.
Throughout the holidays, Inkpots is running workshops and online activities, and has some activity packs to keep things flowing. There are more details here: http://inkpots.org/summer-fun/
Please just get in touch if you have any queries.
Happy summer creativity!