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Family and kids' activity holidays

Child learning to canoe

It sometimes seems that your child spends more time off school than at school, and filling those days can be a real challenge for parents.

In this section of the site you’ll find lots of ideas for activities to keep kids busy in the holidays, how to sort summer childcare, planning family holidays, the benefits of summer camps, plus great activities for sunny (and rainy days).


Family walking outdoors
Walking and orienteering for kids
Walking is something most of us take for granted. But did you know that regularly taking the kids on a walk has some great health and educational benefits? We take a look at what walking could offer your child.
Summer camp boy kayaking
How to choose a great summer camp
From local council holiday schemes to residential activities, Moira Holden looks at different kinds of summer camps and childcare. Here's what you need to think about before you book a place for your child.
Camping: cooking outdoors
Happy camping – the benefits of a holiday under canvas
A camping holiday in the great outdoors could be just the thing for your family this year. We explore the fun you can have and the new skills your child might learn.


Summer holiday wordsearch for Reception and Y1
Summer holiday wordsearch
Can you find the words in our summer holiday wordsearch?
KS1 Sudoku puzzle
KS1 Sudoku puzzle
Print off this easy Sudoku puzzle for your child to get to grips with how the game works; they'll only use numbers 1-4.
One more, one less crossword
One more, one less crossword
Can you fill in the crossword by writing the answers to the clues as number words?
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Summer fun pack

Summer Fun Pack

Keep boredom at bay with some brilliant puzzles for KS1 and KS2! Your child will need to use all their spelling and numeracy skills to solve wordsearches, crosswords, Sudoku and Wordoku – and there are a few extra challenges to keep them busy, too!

KS2 English Puzzle Pack

Word Puzzles for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Our collection of word puzzles for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are perfect for long car journeys or waiting around in airports. Each one covers a different concept that your child will learn in English lessons, but presents it as something to solve by remembering what they've been taught in class. A great way to reinforce what your child is being taught while engaging them in some brain-training fun!

French pack

Get started with French

Planning a holiday in France? Give your child a head start with our beginner's guide to French, designed to help them grasp basic vocabulary and form simple sentences. We’ve asked a native French speaker to record all the words and phrases in the pack, so your child will hear the correct pronunciation and intonation, just as they would on an audio language course. Bonne chance!