All work and no play makes Jack (or Jill) a dull child! Making sure your child has enough leisure time, and balancing planned activities with time for just chilling out and messing around is just as important as supporting learning at home.
In this section you’ll find lots of ideas for filling your child’s leisure time, whether it’s planning a holiday, learning activities for rainy days, playing an instrument or taking up a hobby, getting your child active, or organising playdates.
Juggle fruit. Work on the technology of the future. Plot and design a lost city, create a zoo of invented animals, learn to talk sdrawkcab and bake a pizza clock and a pastry map. How many of our wonderful brain-boosting challenges can you fit into your summer? All you need are some art materials, imagination and an enquiring mind to have a go at a whole host of practical and reflective activities, suitable for primary-school children (and parents, of course). Have fun!
A long, lazy summer holiday is one of the great joys of life – but within days you’ll be driven to distraction by sibling squabbles and cries of “I’m bored” (not to mention a visible emptying of your wallet). Plus, research shows that kids who don’t stay mentally alert during the summer lose up to a third of what they’ve learned during the academic year. So try one of our 59 easy, boredom-busting activities – at home, on the move and on holiday. They’ll be having so much fun they won’t even realise they’re learning…