An idea a day to do with kids on holidays

The bell of the last day of school has already rung. We feel the the summer heat and your children want to have fun, play, and stay with you and their friends. Here’s some ideas for each day of summer weeks. Let’s have fun!

Idea no.1: Sandpaper

What you need:

Sand of the beach;

  • Finger paint;
  • Salt shakers with big holes;
  • Glue;
  • Drawing sheets.

How to proceed:

Put the fine sand in the saltshaker and add a little powdered paint to get colored sand. Draw something with glue, if needed kids can make first a sketch with a pencil and then cover it with glue. Once done this, they will be able to spread the colored sand on the entire sheet. Do it and dry it. Here’s a beautiful design.

Idea no.2: Starry sky

What you need:

  • White or silver or golden color to paint the stars;
  • A sheet of black paper;
  • Stencil card;
  • Scissors with rounded tips.

How to proceed:

Cut hollow of stars in varying sizes, then place them on black paper and paint the interior with the colors. You will thus get a bright starry sky to hang in the room.

Idea no.3: Apple stamp

What you need:

  • Apples;
  • Knife;
  • Finger color or powder colors
  • Newspaper;
  • Paper Roll;
  • Old or plastic plates.

How to proceed:

After covering the table with the newspapers, in order to avoid soiling, cut the apples in half. Pour the colors into plastic plates. Wet the apples in the colors and press them over to the paper.

To change the decorations you can also use other vegetables such as mushrooms, carrots, onions or potatoes.


Idea  no.4: Discard Gift (play with many kids)

 What you need:

  • Chairs (1 for each player);
  • Gift items (1 for each player);
  • Newspapers;
  • String;
  • Scotch tape;

How to proceed:

Gift packs are prepared by wrapping them in so many newspaper sheets, fixing them with the tape and finally bind them with the twine, so that the unpacking is quite difficult. Players are placed on chairs previously placed in a circle and a package is delivered to each of them.

Someone plays the music: while the music plays the players must pass the packages, but when the animator stops it everyone begins to discard the package that is in their hands. When the music resumes the package start to go hand in hand until the next break. Whoever completes the opening of a package during a music break becomes a gift holder.

Idea  no.5: Miniature Gardens

What you need:

  • Containers for small gardens (wide pans are ideal);
  • soil;
  • seedlings;
  • Small toys or statues;

How to proceed:

Help your children fill the pans of soil. They will have fun choosing some garden plants and placing them in their miniature garden.

They can then add the final touch: for example, rocks of various sizes for a small rock garden, small ponds or statues to create a fantastic world. It will be fun for them to take care of their small garden by bathing and making small changes every now and then, just like the true gardener.

Idea no.6: Banana icicles

What you need:

  • Bananas;
  • Chocolate to melt;
  • Ice cream sticks.

How to proceed:

Little kids can peel bananas and the bigger ones will cut them in half. Pour an ice cream into the cut bananas, place them on a tray and put them in the freezer. Once frozen, dive it into melted chocolate. Tasty!

Idea no.7: Duck in music (outdoor play)

What you need

  • 1 guitar
  • Fins (a pair for each player)

How to proceed:

Decide the length of the path (eg 10 meters) and trace the two lines that delimit the extremities, that is, the starting point where the players will be aligned and that of the arrival. Invitations are to be worn at the foot of the fins (rubber or cardboard). On the way, the guitarist tunes a musical motive: the contestants, having recognized it, must run to the finish line and guess what it was. The first to guess the motive is the winner.


Use recorded music instead of the guitar; The competitor who comes first must swell a balloon before answering;

Sources : 501 giochi e attività per tutti i bambini, Dire fare e giocare enciclopedia


Letizia Grasso, Educationalist
“All grown-ups were children, but few of them remember it” This phrase is engraved on my heart. The child who marvels at small things is always with me. I firmly believe that the school should focus on self-construction of knowledge through direct contact with the outside world and, therefore, through the experiences of life. A school open to life and from life itself learns. A school that teaches to observe every little thing, to wonder and to ask questions. A school that forms adults who know how to reflect and put into a relationship the mind and heart.”