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With the long summer break just a few weeks away, you may be wondering what you can do to keep your kids entertained and ensure they continue learning while they’re not in school. Don’t worry too much, because there are hundreds of options of educational activities if you put your mind to it, both in the house and if you want to get out and about. Here are five ideas from a boys’ prep school in London to get you started.

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If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, this is a great place for your child to learn some new skills and have some fun in the process. Buy some seeds from your local garden centre and allow your child to plant their own vegetables or flowers for educational activities. They will need to keep them watered and make sure they have enough sunlight. You could even encourage them to keep in which they jot down the plant’s progress.

Scavenger Hunts

Write down a list of items that you want your child to find and get their friends involved to turn it into a competition. The first person to find all of the items could win a prize. This could be an indoor or outdoor activity, depending on the weather, but will ensure your child is taking a break from their digital devices and moving around. 


Geocaching involves using coordinates and secret codes to hunt out treasure. This treasure is usually a small relic that people have hidden, and when your child finds it they can replace it with something of their own. These geocaches are hidden all around the world, so it’s something your child can do wherever you are. 


On rainy days, you’ll need to have a backup plan of something to do. Museums are great educational activities because they’re an opportunity for your child to learn in a new and enjoyable way. They are usually free to enter, so it will be a cheap day out for the whole family. Art galleries are another great option.


It’s important to give your child an opportunity to get creative from time to time. Crafting is great for helping them with their fine motor skills and allows them to engage their imagination. You could try scrapbooking all of the memories you’ve made throughout the summer break so that your child has something to look back on in the future. 

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