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Things to do with your child

‘I’m bored!’ If this is a cry you dread hearing, we feel your pain! Here are some fun ideas for things you can do with your child, and things they can do on their own while you get on with other things.

Being active and getting outdoors is vital for your children’s wellbeing (and yours too). It helps them grow, stay healthy, sleep well and concentrate better at school. And most importantly of all, it can help cheer us up! Taking full advantage of the warmer weather and brighter days is important during the summer, especially after the year we’ve all had. Even if the weather isn’t so good, creative activities indoors can improve their focus and spark their imagination!

Our Get into Summer page is packed full of tips and activities to get the wee ones out the house. Take a look at what’s on near you.

Creative activities

Getting active isn’t just about running around outside. It can involve any sort of creative activity. Doing arts and crafts – drawing, colouring, painting, glueing and so on – isn’t just about making a mess. It also helps spark children’s imaginations, boost their confidence, and express themselves – as well as offering plenty of chances to get messy!

Tips for creative activities to try

Things you can do together

Things they can do while you get on with other stuff

It’s important to play

Don’t feel guilty about letting your children play. It may just look like they are messing around, but playing is one of the most important things children do. It helps their minds develop, keeps them fit, helps them understand the world around them, and keeps them emotionally healthy.

The best thing you can do is to give them the space to play and let their imaginations run wild. Even if it means there’s a mess to tidy up afterwards!

For more great ideas, download this play pack from Play Scotland. And here are even more resources from Smart Play Network to help them play and have fun.