Classic summer activities

  • November 15, 2022

The mercury is rising, and we couldn’t be more pumped for some much-needed fun and sun as the holidays edge closer with each passing day. This sizzling season calls for simple pleasures and getting back to basics. After all, sometimes it’s in these moments that we create the best memories. Here are just a handful of our favourite old school activities to introduce to the kids (big and small) as the weather heats up.

  • 1. Running through the sprinkler

    Is there anything more timeless than setting up the sprinkler or hose in the backyard and just going for it? When the sun is beaming down and it’s too hot to even head to the beach – popping on the sprinkler for some at-home fun will cool you down and bring on a bundle of laughs. Best of all – you don’t even have to change into your swimmers. Half the fun is getting soaked with your clothes on.

  • 2. Playing handball on your own DIY court

    Ahhh, who knew the days of playing handball on the street with the neighbours would end up being so special? It’s time to bring these awesome memories back (or create a few new ones) with your own DIY court. All you need is a piece of chalk, a tennis ball and somewhere safe to play (probably best to avoid the street these days, ahem). Use the chalk to draw the court on an area of smooth ground. The court can be any size depending on the space you have to play with but for the best ball-whipping action, we like to make ours 3×3. Once you’ve found your space, use the chalk to draw four separate squares – labelling each one with either a K (Kings), Q (Queens), J (Jacks), or D (for Dunce). It’s that simple! Handball rules can be pretty basic but there are plenty of interpretations so be sure to establish your own set of rules before you start playing.

  • 3. Making our own ice blocks

    Is there anything more refreshing after a long game of handball or an afternoon running under the sprinkler than a nudie-infused, homemade ice block? We think not! With nothing more than a bottle of nudie, your fave fruit, an ice block mould and some wooden stirring sticks – you’ll be able to create your own ice block concoctions at home to share with the whole family. Ready to give it a whirl? Here’s one of our favourite recipes for you to try. Tasty, refreshing and as much fun to make as they are to eat!

  • 4. Cloud spotting

    With all the rain we’ve had recently it might seem like a far-fetched idea to get outside and look up at the clouds, but after the drenching we’ve copped – it’ll be a nice change to gaze sky-high and see those fluffy white puffs floating by rather than a constant downpour. During the next sunny day, grab a picnic blanket and head for your local park. Lay down, stare up and lose yourself in the shapes and quiet beauty of clouds floating gently by. You might like to think of it as a silent meditation or make it a fun game with the kids. What can you see?

  • 5. Busting out the skipping rope

    If there’s one way to put a smile on your dial and get your heart rate up all at the same time, it’s skipping! Not only is skipping a great way to get active – it’s something you can enjoy on your own or with the fam. Just tailor it to your ability and get hopping! Best of all, skipping doesn’t require a lot of room or a lot of expensive equipment.

  • 6. Slip ‘n slide

    Wheee! Slide and glide your way into summer this year with the ultimate DIY slip ‘n slide! All you need is a big tarp, some liquid soap and water. Simply pop the tarp down on the grass (somewhere soft without any rocks or bumpy bits would be best), squeeze the soap, add the water and voila! You’re ready to slide your way into summer fun with your besties.

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