Keeping the kids occupied all Summer can be loads of fun, but it can also get a little… intense.
If you’re after some new ideas to keep your little (or not so little) ones entertained this Summer, here’s 7 of our favourite foodie activities to make sure you’re always prepared!
1: Food charades
This is a great way to get kids thinking and learning about food but, thankfully, there’s no mess or clean-up to worry about. Because it’s charades.
Write down different food-related activities on small bits of paper, and take it in turns to act them out, without using words. Some examples to get you started:
- Washing a dish
- Baking a cake
- Rolling out dough
- Chopping vegetables
- Peeling a banana
If you want to make it a little harder (or you’re just super competitive), give each turn a time limit.
2: Make Homemade Popsicles
These beauties are really simple to make, and look amazing. Better still, there are no nasties in them, so you don’t have to worry when your child eats three (!).
Watch the video below to see how to make Watermelon, Raspberry & Kiwi Popsicles… or invent your own with different ingredients!
Psst – popsicles aren’t just for kids. Take a look at our ‘grown-up’ Gin & Tonic Popsicles recipe, but make sure you don’t get them mixed up with the kids’ ones!
3: Get them helping in the kitchen
It’s a good thing Gousto makes that easy with our recipe kits then, isn’t it?!
Most of our recipes have some part that kids can get involved with. They could tear up mushrooms in our Creamy Two-Mushroom Risotto recipe, or decorate their own mini-pizzas with a Fennel, Sausage & Baby Kale Pizza recipe. Have a look at our cookbook to find some other recipes to cook with kids, or order a box now, and save the hassle of shopping for ingredients!
4: Take them to a Food Festival
The UK’s full of food festivals, especially in the Summer. Take a look at 10 of our favourite food festivals from last year, and get family tickets to one that’s coming up later this year.
Here are some we’re looking forward to:
- Feast, Hampton Court Palace (26 – 28 Aug)
- Feast, Tower of London (22 – 24 Sept)
- Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall (27 – 30 July)
- Yum! Festival, Hull (11 – 12 Aug)
- Isle of Wight Garlic Festival (19 – 20 Aug)
- The Big Feastival, The Cotswolds (25 – 27 Aug)
5: Make cornflour slime (*warning – this gets messy!!*)
This slime is like syrup when you run your hands through it, but hard as rock if you punch it. It’s easy to make, cheap, and a great homemade science lesson.
It might be a parent’s worst nightmare when it comes to scraping cornflour gloop off the walls, but it is stupidly fun. Every child should get to try this out at some point!
- Food colouring
- A small jug of water
- Cornflour (it has to be cornflour, or you’ll end up with dough!)
1. Add the food colouring to the water and give it a stir
2. Pour out lots of cornflour into a bowl
3. Pour the coloured water into the bowl with the cornflour bit by bit, until you have a slime that’s soft-yet-hard!
6: Head to the garden
It feels pretty great to whip up a recipe and really enjoy the meal you’ve made (that’s what Gousto is all about, after all), but there’s not much that can beat the satisfaction of growing your own vegetables.
If you have a garden, let your children get involved with digging holes and planting seeds of your favourite herbs and vegetables (or your kids’ favourites, if they can face greens without turning… green).
7: And if the weather’s no good, save up your Gousto boxes and turn them into a playground on a rainy Summer’s day…
Do you have any other fun foodie activities for kids that we didn’t mention? Share them in the comments!