Restrictions are easing in the UK, staycations are in full swing, and our kids are off school for summer! As most young people have nearly two months off, we know it can be tough to fill each day with something fun, enriching and entertaining – so let us help out! We have put together these seven ideas, which hopefully spark some creativity and curiosity within your household.
1. Take a course
At Fire Tech, we are running a fantastic summer programme with courses running both online and in-person all throughout summer. We have new courses starting weekly and in a range of topics we know your kids will love! From Creative Digital Design to coding and game design courses such as Minecraft and Roblox… we have something perfect for your tech-loving child! View the range of online courses and in-person camps.
2. Film a cooking show
Cooking is a fantastic skill for young people to learn and practice. Setting up cooking activities can be an entertaining way for your kids to practice their culinary skills. Additionally, you could get a family meal sorted too. On our Fire Tech Creating for YouTube course, many of our students love creating videos for their YouTube cooking channel. Making a cooking video is a great way to practice presentation, video editing or just to have as a keepsake. Watching it together later is a fun activity too. We recommend starting with some inspiration from YouTube channels like Messy Hands Kids Cooking or Hannah In The Kitchen.
3. Design your own game
Since lockdown, has your family played every board game, video game, and card game in your house? You’re probably not alone! So, let’s encourage some creativity. Your next family favourite could well be inside your child’s imagination, and making up a game together could also be a fun family activity. Give a custom board game maker kit a try, and you’ll be well on your way to having a blast with something new.
4. Get building with a STEM kit
It’s the golden age of hardware kits and there’s something for every age. You may need to let your child take the lead and show you how it’s done! For the youngest kids, we love the AR-powered kits MEL Science has designed alongside our friends at Tech Will Save Us and we love anything by LittleBits or Sphero. Teens can work with more open-ended platform kits – Something like the tello drone is fantastic (and safe) for teens to continue programming and for something more advanced we’d recommend finding out more about Raspberry Pi and their kits.
5. Create a podcast
There are a lot of great podcasts for kids and teens out there so why not have kids explore this new medium and share their thoughts with family and friends? Movies, video games, science, books: kids can choose a topic they’re passionate about and use a number of free podcasting tools for kids to share awesome original content. Creating a podcast is an in-depth creative undertaking that can be incredibly rewarding and an excellent way to dive deep into a favourite hobby.
6. Participate in an art challenge
Making art helps improve young people’s visual processing and memory. It is also a fantastic way for them to express themselves. A fun way to get creative is with @stillherestilllife, a weekly still life drawing challenge on Instagram. The Instagram account provides an image of still life for participants to replicate in any art style they like. Without having to spend a penny, your kids could use free art tools like Pixelart or SketchPad to draw. These tools are pretty easy to learn. However, if you are unsure where to start, there is a tutorial for Sketch.io here and Pixelart here. We highly recommend this activity for the whole family. It is a lovely sight when you see the finished artworks side by side.
7. Sign up to an Experience
Fire Tech Experiences are short, 1-2 hour online webinar-style tutorials focused on a single amazing aspect of technology, on topics you will love. Experience everything from programming to digital art in this casual, super fun style of learning. Jump in and discover something incredible today! View all Experiences.