Calypso Holiday Hacks – activity one

Two boys looking at some items they've made with the contents of their craft box.

The summer holidays are fast approaching and parents face the mixed blessing of having the children around more! Of course, it’s great to spend more time with them, but keeping them entertained can be a challenge. Particularly for six weeks! I readily admit that the holidays have been known to get me stressed at times. Help, however, is at hand. Leading soft drinks producer Calypso has come up with a handy tool to help bust boredom.

Holiday Hacks is a Facebook app that is full of suggestions for activities to keep kids happy whatever the weather. The suggestions have been divided into three categories. Sunny day, rainy day and life hacks. You can also specify an age range to make sure you find activities that are appropriate for your children. All of the tips have been suggested by real parents, so have been successfully tried and tested.

I’m delighted to announce that I have been named one of the campaign’s Brand Ambassadors! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be trying out some of the activities with Dylan and Xander and reporting back on how they fare.

We recently took part in our first activity. It being British summertime, there was always a chance of rain on the day in question. And so it proved. So this is one for indoors. Armed with the boys’ craft box and some cardboard, we set to work making things. Dylan suggested making some Ninjago characters out of cardboard tubes. You can see how we got on in this video.

The boys clearly enjoyed this activity as they asked to make more the following day. This time, they decided to make bunk beds and cuddly toys for their creations! It was great to see them being creative – especially as it had been a while since the craft box had been used. It was also pleasing to see them occupied without their faces glued to a screen. Finally, this activity is nice and cheap and the only limit to what they can make is their imagination.

Two boys colouring in a cardboard bed they have made for a toy.

As the weather seems to have picked up a little since this first activity, I hope that the next one will involve the great outdoors. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, why not check out the Calypso Holiday Hacks app and plan ahead for the summer holidays?

Calypso Soft Drinks offers a range of healthy and tasty fruit drinks, and aims to create affordable, refreshing, healthy drinks for the whole family.

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.

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