Energetic ways to keep the kids entertained this summer

Posted 13/08/2018 by E.ON

Who doesn’t love the school summer holidays? For kids, it means six weeks of enjoying the sunshine and getting up to mischief. But for their parents? Well it’s not always so easy… 

Six weeks away from school means six weeks of being a children’s entertainer, with nearly half of parents having to take time off work to do so. And it can get particularly tough on those rainy days, when a trip to the park is off the cards and you don’t want to just sit the kids in front of the TV. 

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Things to do in the school holidays

Even when you do come up with things to do during the school holidays, it can prove expensive, with most parents spending on average almost £190 per week on summer activities for kids. Over a third of parents say they have to cut back on spending at the end of the holidays after blowing their summer budget. 

So how can you get the children having fun – while learning new things at the same time? 

Recent research commissioned by us found that over 43% of parents enjoy talking to their children about subjects they learn at school, while 34% of parents don't know how to make school subjects interesting.

So, we’ve put together some activity packs to get your kids using their imagination and thinking about how science is part of their everyday life. These activities are easy to do at home and are suitable for children aged 5 to 11. 

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Competition time

But before you start downloading – why not check out our current competition? Designed to encourage kids to think about science in the home, and inspire some STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math).

We’re encouraging parents to ask their children to imagine what their future house will look like and the technology that they would have in their homes (think flying cars that you can park on your roof, robot butlers to serve you your favourite ice cream whenever you fancy it - the crazier the better). 

We want the kids to draw up their craziest ideas to bring their imagination to life.

Then, simply post your child’s drawing as a comment on our Facebook post and they’ll be in with the chance of having their drawing come to life as a CGI masterpiece by one of our experts, and win a £20 cinema voucher. * 

Now, read on for our activity packs… 

1. The Ice Lolly Challenge 

Perfect for a hot summer day, our fun, free and delicious afternoon activity is available for download here

Challenge your children to make a cool box which can fit an ice lolly. It’ll get them thinking about insulation,a key topic in the STEM curriculum. And you can be sure your children won’t want their lolly to melt! 

To give your kids a head start, check out our video below which shows how nature contains all the clues to keep the heat in and stop the ice lolly from melting. 

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2. The Lightning Challenge

Here’s an activity for a quiet night in.

Did you know that crushing sugar cubes can make sparks fly? Your kids can make household objects like sticky tape or envelopes glow and spark. Help your children understand how electricity works and when we use it every day. Download our activity pack here to find out more, and watch the video below.



3.The Self-Driving Car Race

This is one for those little balls of energy.

Your children can build their own self-propelled car using objects you find around the house. 

Spend an afternoon finding elastic bands, bottle lids and plastic bottles, then download our activity pack here to see how it works.

To get your kids inspired, watch the video below. Travel through time and discover some of our craziest inventions, right up to cars powered by animal poo! The race is on:



So, there you have it. Entertaining the kids during the school summer holidays doesn’t have to be all big screens and interactive days out. With a bit of imagination, the most exciting new ideas can come from a bit of string and some science.

*T’s&C’s apply

Source: Press Release (E.ON Energy UK - STEM the summer holiday stress: new research reveals parents’ key concerns over the school holidays
13/08/2018)

 

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