The holidays are here – grab the kids, some books and head to the beach…

Finally, the holidays are here! Although it’s been gloriously sunny for weeks, it’s now officially holiday time, packed with trips to the park, paddling in the pool, picnics and fun! It’s always good to have a little bit of entertainment up your sleeve for train rides, car journeys or – dare we mention it – wet weather, so whatever you are up to, we’ve got some top tips for entertaining the little ones this summer.

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Get stuck in!

Boring car journeys, long train journeys or just a day at home to fill – pulling out a sticker activity book usually brings a smile to their face! Choose from Lego, Lego Friends, Dinosaur Train, Peppa Pig and many more…

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Listen and play on the move…

Here are just a few of our favourite apps to keep little bookworms entertained….

Peppa Pig Me Books – listen to favourite Peppa stories or record and save your own versions.

Peekaboo Ladybird Baby Touch – a bright and interactive app for children from 6 months, named as one of the best app for children by The Telegraph.

Skullabones Island: Pirates Ahoy! – a pirate playground full of fun and adventure for your (wooden) cutlass wielding, swashbuckling, three to five year olds!

Ladybird apps

Leaving on a jet plane…

If it’s your child’s first time on a plane, they will probably be really excited but also perhaps a little nervous. If they need a bit of reassurance, Topsy and Tim Go on an Aeroplane  can help prepare them before they fly, as they share in the twins’ first aeroplane adventure, meeting the stewardess, the pilot and learning all about the airport.Img-pic-topsytimaeroplane
If you have a very little one, travelling abroad for the first time can sometimes be more difficult for the parent than the child! Last summer our Digital Marketing Manager Jo took her small baby abroad for the first time and she shared her travel story and her top tips for travelling with babies here on the Ladybird blog.

It’s always a good time for a Peppa story…

Listening to story CDs is great way to pass the time on a long car, plane or train journey and if you have a Peppa fan in your house, then the new Storytime with Peppa Pig CD will have them squealing with delight! We’ve got three copies to give away as a little summer treat. Just leave a comment below letting us know your top tip for keeping the kids entertained over the summer and we’ll pop all the names into the hat and pull out three winners!*

Whatever you are up to this summer, we hope you have a lovely time and wish you a very happy holiday!

*Leave your comment by Saturday 3rd August. Winners will be selected and notified by Wednesday 7th August.

One thought on “The holidays are here – grab the kids, some books and head to the beach…

  1. Holly Detre says:

    Nature walks (we make it exciting by making maps and pretending we are pirates, skeleton hunters etc).
    We also have lots of messy play. It is one of the only activities that both my 1 year old and 5 year old enjoy.

  2. Tracy Nixon says:

    Take them on nature hikes and teach them about the environment, local plants and animals – make the most of the good weather whilst it lasts!
    And if the weather is bad check with your local library for fun activities and summer reading programs!

  3. good one for a rainy day is to make fairies in a jar! A bit fiddly but well worth it for the smiles! Take the contents of a glow stick and pour into a glass jar, add some glitter (diamond glitter works especially well) and shake to see the fairies appear!
    Great to take out into the garden and if it’s wet outside who can resist playing hide and seek with the fairies!

  4. Kirsten Barthy says:

    Take them out to the park and playgrounds and let them play until they are exhausted so they will be happy to go to bed at night

  5. Charlotte Clark says:

    Slide into a paddling pool or wet sheet- like a homemade waterslide, GREAT fun all day in the garden, keep them occupied whilst you relax 😉

  6. Tony Lathwell says:

    we have lots of walks over the meadows doing a nature trail and collecting leaves and different grasses which then go into a scrap book. If the weather is not so good we have fun going through a pile of old magazines cutting out pictures. At the moment we have been cutting out animal pictures.

  7. Catherine V says:

    I have just had the grandkids for 5 day! Lots of Baking, Walks, Rock pooling, Baths with bubbles & Reading they love them all.

  8. Joanne Kelly says:

    Honestly; I could do with some myself! It’s hard work & I’m a little demented! I have children ages 7-1 & it’s hard to find things they all emjoy x

  9. Tracy Newton says:

    In this weather anything that involves water or dirt is a hit. If in doubt phone grandma and ask her to take them!!!!

  10. Jo Jones says:

    Try to have a varied plan & be able to change it according to the British weather, & stock up on crayons and craft things for when it pours.

  11. Susie M says:

    Have a secret stash of books, craft activities and games (snap them up in the sales!) to produce when boredom sets in.

  12. Lynda Sanderson says:

    Collect all the leaflets/handouts from local libraries/ sure start centres/ park rangers ……..
    you get the idea.
    Highlight the activities you are interested in for the ages of your children, pin up on a board and plan the possible week ahead, for wet or dry days.

  13. Karen R says:

    Plan a variety a things to do, watch out for cheap events and get them to write a journal about what they’ve done

  14. Laura Whitle says:

    A full garden keeps my little girl entertained – swings, paddling pool, play house, slide, sand pit and pop up tent – oh, and plenty of ice lollies on tap!

  15. Aimee Carter says:

    The park is a free and fun place for children during the summer (not so fun for parents!)
    Museums also usually provide free activities during the summer holidays as do libraries; mine holds a teddy bear’s picnic sponsored by bookstart. Summer holidays don’t have to cost the Earth.

  16. Janice Mackin says:

    Spend a lot of time outdoors. Also have indoor activities planned for bad weather, jigsaws, board games, crafts, etc

  17. Danielle Graves says:

    Try to do a different activity every day. Things such as walks in the woods can be made fun by playing nature bingo – each person has to spot certain things – an orange leaf, a pine cone, a bird etc.

  18. It is great to have a book with you when heading out for trips in the holidays. Although you might have the little ones amused at the theme park it is always good to have a Peppa Pig book as a back up.

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