SUMMER can be a load of fun for all the family – but pretty expensive. Making the most of the warm weather need not break the bank, though, because kids can have a great time in the garden.
Here are ideas for turning your outside space into a makeshift playground . . .
9 Give your kids a summer they won’t forgetCredit: Getty – Contributor
Slip, slip, hooray: Kids love water parks but tickets can set you back hundreds. Luckily, it is easy to give your little ones the thrill-seeking experience at home. Asda is selling a bargain water slide for £5. Or get one from wowcher.co.uk for £9.99, reduced from £29.99.
SAVING: £20 on Wowcher slide
Top of the pops: Hang water balloons on trees or on your fence — Tesco has them for £1 — and give your child a wooden spoon to poke and pop them with. Fantastic fun — and your grass will be watered.
Green little fingers: Having your kids chip in with the gardening is a win-win situation — they will have fun and you can all spend an afternoon relaxing. Grab an old watering can and let them paint pretty patterns on it. They can then potter around watering the plants.
Pool party: There are loads of cheap paddling pools on the market this summer. Wilko is selling toddler-sized ones for £3, while Aldi’s 10ft family pool has been reduced to £10. Looking for something a bit different? Argos’s Chad Valley Activity Pool Play Centre has a sprinkler, slide and ball pit — and costs £25.
SAVING: £10 on Aldi’s pool
HAPPY CAMPERS: Got a tent stashed in the garage? Set it up and let the kids play at camping. You could even join them for a picnic or evening’s stargazing session. If you don’t have one, make one by draping a sheet over a clothes airer or garden chairs.
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Deal of the day
9 Head over to M&S if you want to bag some great deals on home and furniture products
M&S has a huge sale on furniture. Updating your living room for summer? Nab an Albany side table for £119.40, down from £199.
9 Mr Kipling goodies always go down a treat
THERE is always time for cake. Pick up an eight-pack of Mr Kipling French Fancies from Tesco for 97p, down from £1.95.
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9 …when you can buy this one for only £25
DECKING out your garden for summer? Head to Wilko for a £25 parasol. It looks just like Argos’s £35 offering.
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