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We've launched a free booklet full of fun summer activities for parents and children

Monday, 25 July 2022

The free booklets can be collected from our children's centres.

The booklet contains over 30 fun ideas that can be done with little or no resources, or things that might already be around the house. The activities are also designed to help young children develop skills such as hand-eye coordination and counting and help them learn new words and develop an awareness of nature.

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The activity booklets are free and are available to collect from Central Bedfordshire’s children’s centres. They have been designed so parents and children can tick off each activity once they have completed it. Some of the activities include:

  • planting a sunflower seed to help children understand nature, the life cycle of a plant and how to measure
  • making rainbow fruit ice lollies to help children understand melting and freezing
  • going on a summer flower hunt to spot buttercups and daisies, helping children to learn new words and develop their observational skills

Councilor Sue Clark, our Executive Member for Families and Education, said:

We hope our new free booklet will keep parents and children busy this summer! It’s full of low and no-cost ideas which, as well as being lots of fun, will help young children develop skills in readiness for starting school and beyond. Please do visit your local Children’s Centre to pick up a copy and enjoy working your way through the activities!

We've also developed winter and spring activity booklets, which will be available from children’s centres in November and March respectively.