How To Entertain The Kids In Your New Home This Summer

Seddon Homes share their tips to keep the kids entertained this summer now that the school holidays are in full swing.

Baking Bonanza

Kids love getting messy and involved in baking, especially if it involves sweet treats! Seddon’s family homes at Campion Point have been finished to the highest standard and the contemporary kitchens are fitted with rigid built SieMatic kitchens, easy to wipe Corian worktops and stainless steel AEG ovens, perfect for baking! Try out this recipe for rainbow cookies from BBC Good Food, you’ll need:

175g softened butter
50g golden caster sugar
50g icing sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla extract
300g plain flour
zest and juice 1 orange
140g icing sugar
sprinkles

Combine the butter, sugars, egg yolks and vanilla until creamy, then mix in the flour in and stir in the orange zest. Roll the dough into walnut-size balls and sit on baking sheets. Bake for 15 mins until golden, then leave to cool.

For the icing, mix the icing sugar with some orange juice and dip each biscuit half into the icing, then straight into the sprinkles. Delicious!

If you’re just starting to look at new homes and love baking, keep an eye on Seddon's Crofton development, which will feature state of the art ‘slide and hide’ Great British Bake Off style ovens! 

Wildlife Park 

Seddon’s new 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes at Rosebay are located in the beautiful Peak District town of Chapel-en-le-Frith. There are many walking, cycling and outdoor opportunities nearby, not to mention the Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl & Wildlife Park! This is a great day out for the kids and they can even take part in a ‘keeper experience day’ to learn more about what it’s like to take care of their favourite animals. There’s also a ‘follow the keeper tour’, where you can see all the different animals being fed, including Scottish wildcats, pine martens and Asian short clawed otters!

Painting 

A great way to keep the kids entertained for a few hours is to let them get creative doing some painting. No paint brushes in the house? Don’t worry! Try cutting some potatoes into shapes to use as stamps - carrots and corn work really well too! The kids are sure to find it funny, and it might even encourage them to try some more veg (before it has paint on of course!) Finger painting is another fun activity, just keep some wipes handy so you don’t find any pesky finger prints on your new sofa!

Clay Modelling

Clay modelling will keep the kids quiet for a while as they use their imagination and develop their motor skills to create whatever they like, whether its figurines, jewellery, a key ring, or even a copy of an artefact. Cheap coloured and regular clay can be found in most craft shops, allowing your little ones to mould and paint their sculptures. Plus, clay won’t break the bank this summer! 

Canal Bike Ride

Seddon’s new homes at Southbeck in Salterforth are located just a short stroll from the picturesque Leeds and Liverpool canal footpaths. Why not take a look at the narrowboat moorings then cycle along the Lancashire Cycleway? There’s some wonderful views of the surrounding hills and fells so pack a picnic and make a day of it - you could even take some things you baked earlier in the week!

Scrapbook

Just moved into your new home? Creating a scrapbook is a great way to help your kids settle into their new surroundings. Get the kids involved in taking pictures of your new home and the places you visit, scraps of wallpaper and paint samples can be added and will be great for everyone to look back on in years to come! The kids will love sticking in photos, drawing pictures and making the scrapbook their own to fill up with years of memories. 

Book Club Characters

What better way to get to know your new area by pretending to be characters from your kids favourite book and recreating some of the scenes! This will really help everyone settle in and feel at home. The Gruffalo is a great one to try out in the woods and you might even spot some of the animals from the book! The Forestry Commission have a Gruffalo Spotter app which involves following clues along their interactive trail to track down characters from the story. They also have trails in lots of different areas. Find your closest one here.

We hope this has provided you with some ideas on how to keep the kids happy over the school holidays in your new home! 

Publish date: 21/09/2017