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Keep your kids occupied during the summer break: stock up with a range of entertaining toys and games

By Martin McAllister

Summer is a magnificent time of year: the weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school and you probably have some sort of fantastic family holiday planned. However, one of these factors can prove to be a bit stressful - and it's not the great weather or your forthcoming holiday.

Parents don't always have it so easy during the summer; that's because when the kids aren't in summer school, activity camp or at their friend's house, they'll probably be under your full supervision. Moreover, if your kids aren't enrolled in summer school or camp, you'll have the challenging task of keeping them occupied for a significant period of time. Either way, they're likely to spend a large proportion of time at home.

But what is a poor parent to do when the family holiday is weeks away, the kids are getting bored and you've already taken them to the park, pool and cinema for the hundredth time? You need a back-up plan.

A wise route to take would be to ensure your kids have enough interesting activities to engage in at home. Whether this involves providing them with books or devising a set of entertaining games, you'll find that they'll have a lot more fun than simply sitting around the house or continuously asking you to take them somewhere. In addition, they'll veer away from watching television all summer and you might even get a bit of peace and quiet.

There are a number of ways to get your home and garden ready for summer. For starters, why not set up an outdoor play area for your kids? Build a swing set, a dollhouse or a mini basketball court - your kids will be occupied for hours at a time each day. You can even help your child start a new hobby, like painting, block building or biking. Regardless of your child's age, you'll find loads for them to do, either at home or in your garden.

There are countless online toy shops which can provide you with everything you need, from fully constructed games and play sets to materials for hobbies and self-assembling. So start preparing your home and garden today, because summer will be here before you know it - and when the kids are out of school, you'll need a sure fire way to keep them entertained
About the Author
Martin McAllister is a freelance online journalist. He lives in Scotland.

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