Baking with the kids can be both fun and cheap
It’s almost that time of year again, when school’s out for summer and the kids are excited for six weeks off.
But when the initial elation eventually wears off, your children can quickly grow bored and that’s when your wallet starts comes out.
Researchers commissioned by frozen pizza brand Goodfella’s found that days out, food and drink and visits to soft play centres mean parents part with over £50 a week to keep their kids happy and entertained.
Mums and dads will spend a staggering £2,602 keeping their children amused during the course of one year, the study revealed.
Of this, £409 will be spent occupying the kids with trips to soft play centres or play parks, and £609 a year will go on meals out, according to the poll of 2,000 parents.
During the six-week summer holiday, the total cost rises to an average of £127 a week as parents find ways to stop their offspring becoming bored.
Fortunately, you can add some fun summer activities to your daily lives that will keep your little ones entertained and more of your money in the bank.
Here are four easy and budget-friendly options to keep the kids occupied. Who knows? You might even develop a new summer tradition for the family.
Camping in your garden makes for a fun adventure on your doorstep
Pitch a tent
Got an urge to go on a trip with the family, but worried about the potential expenditures?
If you have a tent and a garden, you’re set for a fun adventure that’s literally on your doorstep. No need for the hassle of bookings and getting there.
After you’ve pitched your tent on the lawn, why not have a mini barbeque or bring some snacks and pizza out for your evening meal?
The best thing about garden camping is that your usual beds are a few steps away if the not so reliable weather interrupts play.
NEW: Pizza Romano by Goodfella’s
Throw a pizza party
Don’t want to head out for a good meal? Round up the troops and tuck into a selection of restaurant-quality pizzas.
Goodfella’s new range of Romano pizzas allows parents to serve up restaurant quality pizzas straight from the freezer – a fuss-free and wallet-friendly option to heading out to the local eatery.
Want a meaty treat? The Calabrese Salami and Spicy ‘Nduja Sausage with Chilli and Black Pepper, or the Pepperoni and Chorizo will hit the spot. Or for something different, throw in the Chicken, Roquito Pepper, and Red Onion with Garlic Oil Drizzle.
Fancy a veggie option? Four Cheese with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Pesto, or the Chargrilled Vegetable and Pesto make for a tasty treat.
The Goodfella’s Romano range isn’t your average freezer pizza and it’s available for a cool £2.50 in supermarkets nationwide. The thin stone baked bases are topped with premium ingredients, from chargrilled vegetables to spicy ‘nduja sausage, and is sure to be a hit with the family.
Get creative in the kitchen with your kids
Children love to get stuck in and help out with the chores, so bring the ‘fun’ into the kitchen while you bake a cake (if you dare).
Their tiny but useful hands can help you stir, measure, knead (punch) or pour ingredients into a bowl – and if they’ve been star bakers, let them lick the icing from the spoon.
Give your child the option to suggest different recipes to try together and get as creative as you like. There’s no need to spend a fortune on ingredients, either, sometimes the simplest recipes are the most fun.
A market can make for a fun and educational experience for children
Go to market
No, not to sell your children, but to educate them about the things you buy and where it comes from.
A farmers’ market, for instance, is a great place for kids to learn more about what they eat, as well as get to know new produce.
Sellers are usually friendly and want to chat about what they’re selling, and you don’t have to spend any more than you would in a supermarket.
In fact, there are usually savings to be made at most markets. Go for a browse, or give the kids a couple of pounds each to buy something special.
This article was written in partnership with Goodfella’s for express.co.uk
Price correct at time of publication.