Long, hot summers are the stuff childhood dreams are made of. Ball games in the park or garden, arts and crafts on the kitchen table, faces sticky with ice-cream washed off with water pistols.
For working parents, it can be a lot to juggle, and more and more are struggling with the cost of childcare while holding down a job, especially over the school holidays.
If you’re a parent or guardian and you’re wondering how to fill those days, The Big Issue has teamed up with the science teacher, writer and film-maker Alom Shaha for a series of home-made holiday activities for kids to get stuck into. And best of all, they’re all made with bits and bobs you can find around the house.
Make Mr Shaha’s mini mangonel
A mangonel is a type of catapult, but this one won’t be knocking down any walls. Kids can work together to make their mini mangonels to see if they can hit a target or throw their chosen projectile further. They could even put on a carboard crown and make castles out of loo-roll tubes and boxes to complete the set!
Mr Shaha says: “A mangonel is a type of catapult that was used to fire large rocks at castles during sieges.
“The word ‘mangonel’ is derived from the Greek, meaning ‘engine of war’, but this mini version was devised by my friend Jonathan Sanderson to help you investigate what factors affect the distance that it will throw a projectile.”