Six cheap ways to keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays


SCHOOL’S out for Summer! But that means six long weeks to keep the kids busy.

Studies show the average family spends almost £1,000 entertaining their children over the long break – but be clever with your cash and you can do it for a lot less.

Mrs Crunch reveals how you can save on the summer holidays


Mrs Crunch reveals how you can save on the summer holidaysCredit: Getty

Here are the six top budget-friendly ways to make the most of the holidays and all at under £15.

HOLD YOUR OWN OLYMPICS: It’s been the summer of sport so go for gold in your back garden.  Make your own medals at

USE: Chad Valley Tennis, Badminton and Volleyball Set, was £20 now £16 at Argos

SAVE: £4

Morrisons 4 In 1 Outdoor Sports Kit, £10 at Morrisons

GET GROWING: Encourage little ones to care for nature with their own veg patch. They’ll love to eat what they have grown too so it’s an easy way to hit five-a-day. No outside space? The kits works with window boxes too.

USE: Children’s The Me Seeds Starter Kit, £10 at

BRING THE BEACH TO YOU: Staycations too pricey this summer? Take advantage of the great weather and build the seaside at home.

USE: Sand and Water Table, £12.99 at

Rectangular Family Pool, £15 at Wilko

Morrisons Single Water Slide With Surfer Board, was £8 now £5.50 at Morrisons

SAVE: £2.50

MAKE A NATURE GARDEN: Create your own haven for wildlife and see how many species you can count together.

USE: Briers Kids Large Bug Box Set, £4.50 at Morrisons

Morrisons Bird Feeder, £4 at Morrisons

Bee Friendly Wildflower Seeds Set, £3.99 at Amazon

GET CRAFTY: From painting and messy play to beadwork and bracelets, crafting is a chance for kids to unleash their creativity.

USE: Giant Box of Craft 1000 Pieces, £6 at

Colour Crazy 22 Watercolour Paints and Brush Set, was £3.99 now £3 at The Works

SAVE: 99p

HOLD A BAKE OFF: Kids love to bake cakes, so progress from basic bake-at-home sets to cook from scratch recipes at

USE: Morrisons Rainbow Cupcake Kit, £1.50 at Morrisons

Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.


GOING green doesn’t need to cost the earth. Next Wednesday is World Conservation Day where nations come together to protect nature and our planet.

Get your family doing their bit with sharing app The free-to-use service connects you with your neighbours and local businesses to surplus food, toiletries and other items can be shared rather than thrown away.

All you need to do is open the app, add a photo and description, the list when and where the item is available for pick-up. To get an item from someone else, simply browse the listings available near you and arrange a pick-up via private messaging.

Co-founder Tessa Clarke said “From simple swaps around the home, to rethinking the way you shop and eat – you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to incorporate more eco-friendly habits into your life.”


Tessa’s Tips for Families on a Budget 

1.    Invest in a It extends the life of fruit and veg in the fridge up to four times longer. 

2.    Refill your beauty products. Brands from The Body Shop to Charlotte Tilbury now offer offer refill services which can cut your costs and cut down on waste packaging.

3.    Make your own cleaning sprays: This cleaver hack saves on chemicals and plastic. I use a combination of baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice which makes for a great all-purpose solution clearly labelled in an old spray bottle.

Mother teaches her seven-year-old son the value of money by giving him a dollar for doing chores.

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