We love summer, have you guessed yet. I adore spending the six weeks of the summer with my boys. I am lucky in that I can juggle my work and spend a lot of time with them. I also feel the strain sometimes at keeping the kids entertained over summer.
The summer holidays for me means achieving a balance of screen free summer fun and also time for the boys on their screens. I don’t want the first thing the boys reach for when they are bored to be technology. I want them to be able to learn to amuse themselves. I have been working with Tesco and their Summer Boost Clubcard scheme to come up with some fab ideas for you.
One of the ways I do that is with our bored jar. It is filled with a selection of fun activities, some family based, some to do on their own and also a selection of chores too! We sit down as a family before the holidays to make a list of our must do’s. This year I have made a super simple summer planner for us all to fill in.
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Tesco Summer Boost
We have also been working with Tesco and their Summer Boost and the MiniMads came up with a selection of toys that they think will help keep them occupied over the summer. With the summer boost £5 in club card points equals £10 in spend. So although the MiniMads spent just under £100, which actually cost less than £50.
So what did they choose?
The MiniMads choose Summer toys for 9 and 10 year olds
LEGO Minecraft Crafting Box
Adventure time art pad
Mitre Final Football
Sparkle & Glitz Butterfly Bead, Jewellery Craft Kit
BrainBox London Brain Challenge
LEGO Minecraft The Cave 21113
Horrible Histories Rotten Romans Playing Cards Game
Both the boys are big fans of Minecraft and the LEGO Minecraft stuff is great and Maxi got a set for his birthday and it has great playability and has been played with a lot.
In my opinion you can never go wrong with a football. The boys last one got run over! We are very lucky to live in an area where lots of kids play together and we have a small green at the end of the road and you can always find my boys playing either football or cricket with their friends. So sports equipment is always out here and we have cricket stuff, tennis and badminton kit in our garage.
Sometimes the boys just want to colour and they are both big fans of adventure time, so the art pad and some colouring pencils will always come in handy.
We love card games as a family and they are great for our screen frere time. The same with board games and London is Mini’s favorite place so they really wanted to have a go at it.
Beads can be used for all sorts of things, but we picked these as we want to have a go at making beaded suncatchers on the BBQ.
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