With the easing of lockdown restrictions, there are now a plenty of new and free opportunities available to help your little ones with their learning this summer.
The pandemic meant we couldn't do several of our favourite activities - some of which were working at limited capacity and others were unable to open at all.
To help you during the summer months, we have put together a list of the free activites available to you and your child aged 0-5.
Fun learning activities to try this summer
Libraries are free, welcoming and fun places to spend time with your children. Your local library is a good place to find books, as well as free classes and story sessions. You can borrow books for free and get hold of a wide variety of titles.
Local park finder
Getting outside has been so important to help our mental health during lockdown, however, many of us might have been unable to do so very often for a variety of reasons. With the restrictions easing and many looking for new places to visit, we recommend checking out your local park!
Hungry Little Minds story trails
If you’re looking for an extra activity to do while at your local park, why not check out the Hungry Little Minds 12 brand new bespoke story trails. They will help you and your little ones to read as you explore. Find out if you can get involved at a park near you.
Museums are now opening up and offering free opportunities to learn and explore together. If you don’t have the opportunity to travel or you're still unsure about visiting, why not try out the range of online activities or take a virtual tour guided by David Attenborough.
Social groups for parents
Lockdown has restricted the opportunities for mums and dads to meet up in groups like they would have been able to beforehand. Meeting up with other parents can be extremely beneficial for both you and your little ones as it allows you to share tips and experiences with one another. You can find new parents at the following groups:
Or, if you prefer meeting like-minded families online, why not try joining a parent Facebook group:
Children’s centres are able to provide a happy, relaxed and non-judgemental place to seek advice. Many even offering daycare services for pre-school children. We always encourage parents to see what local children’s centres can do for you.
Did you know
There are 4,145 public libraries (including mobile libraries) in the UK and over 3000 children’s centres, so access to these facilities could not be easier.