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Parenting Hacks For The Summer Holidays!

As we all know, the British summertime weather forecast isn't the most predictable... so, which are the best rainy day activities? Firstly, don't panic! Our team of experts here at Kitchen Sync HQ have thought up some marvellously crafty and unique children's activities to help you get through the school summer holidays.

Chore/Treat Jars

Prepare yourself for a quick solution to the classic “I’m bored!” comment with this nifty parenting hack - so, what will you need?

  • 2 jars
  • Labels and decorative stars or stickers
  • Lollipop sticks (we think that roughly 50-70 sticks should be enough)

Firstly, divide the lollipop sticks in half and on one lot, write down chores that your children are able to do. We’ve included some ideas below, but feel free to add your own of course!

Ideas for the chore sticks:

  • Wash the dishes
  • Tidy bedroom
  • Make Mummy/Daddy a cup of tea
  • Mop the floor
  • Sweep the floor
  • Clean out the rabbit hutch

On the next set of lollipop sticks, write down some treats - here are some of our ideas…

Ideas for the treat sticks:

  • 30 mins later bedtime
  • Extra 30 mins of TV
  • +50p allowance
  • One item from the sweets cupboard
  • Play outside for 30 mins longer

Top tip: Get the kids to decorate the lollipop sticks with drawings and stickers!

Pop them on your kitchen counter and, when the children are bored, tell them to pull one out and complete a ‘chore’ before they can move onto a ‘treat’. It’s a nifty way to keep them occupied, whilst getting a few household jobs ticked off the to-do list too!

Boredom Jar

If you have any lollipop sticks leftover from the Chore/Treat jars, this is a great way to use them up and create a new activity to keep little ones entertained during the summer holidays. If not, use some folded up pieces of paper instead - either way, we recommend decorating them with plenty of fun stickers and drawings!

Write down some rainy day activities onto either your lollipop sticks or pieces of paper, when kids say they’re bored - tell them to pull out a stick and do the activity!

Here are a few ideas to help you get the ball rolling:

  • Bubble Art- Fill your kitchen sink with water and add a few squirts of washing up liquid and paint, mix it all up and use a straw to blow bubbles into it. Once the mixture is bubbly, rest a piece of paper on top of the mixture so that the bubbles pop and create a vibrant print! When the paper is dry, you can either frame the prints or use them to make greeting cards and gift tags.
  • Play hook-a-duck
  • Bake a cake
  • Draw a picture
  • Paint a mug or plate


You can buy ready-made hook-a-duck sets online or alternatively create a DIY version using plastic ducks, screw-in hooks and a stick with some string. Fill the bath with a little water and have a go at catching a duck! You could even start a ‘hook-a-duck tournament’ and see how many the children can catch in a minute, start a leader-board and give out small prizes to the winners!

What are your go-to activities for the summer holidays Let us know in the comments below!

By Peter Wootton 3 months ago 302 Views