Share Your Tips For Entertaining Kids To Win £20 Nando’s Gift Card

It’s just 12 days till school’s out for summer here in Wales and already I am compiling a list of things to do to stop the inevitable moans of “mum, we’re bored” – plus there’s a chance to win with my Nando’s gift card giveaway.

Nando's gift card giveaway

You really need a plan, don’t you?  Otherwise, it’ll be a late start each morning, mooching around playing iPads or Xbox games till noon and then you’ll find it will be too late to make the most of the day.

One or two days like this for the kids to chill is entirely acceptable – but 6 weeks of it?  Not so much.

And that’s without considering the dramatic hike in the food bill and the need to provide lunch.  Believe me, I really appreciate school dinners at the end of July!  There are only so many sandwiches I can stand but if like me, you’re not a particularly gifted cook, the whole feeding thing can become a bit of a debacle.

Nando’s Gift Card Giveaway

The temptation to eat out occasionally becomes too strong to resist and with an eye on your budget, I have a £20 Nando’s gift card to give away to one lucky winner.

You could try their new Fresco Burger – PERi-PERi chicken breast, smashed avocado and tangy pickled cucumber, topped with rocket.  Then there’s the Butterfly Burger – two succulent chicken breasts joined by crispy skin, packed in a Portuguese roll and topped with tomato and lettuce.

There is a selection of veggie options to including the Supergrain Salad – a fresh mix of grains, greens and beans with avocado chunks and an avocado & buttermilk dressing, served on mixed salad leaves. Or what about the Veggie Cataplana?  Chickpeas, chargrilled veg and beans in a spicy tomato and coconut sauce are served on spicy rice and sprinkled with toasted coconut shavings.

All I want to know is your best idea for keeping the kids entertained – and preferably as cheaply as possible.

Entry to the Nando’s gift card giveaway is via the GLEAM widget and the usual terms and conditions apply which you can find on my giveaways page.  No cash alternative and 1 entry per household. You’ll also find the Nando’s gift card terms and conditions here. Check the location of your nearest Nando’s here.

The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 11:59 pm on Sunday 12th August.

I can’t wait to hear your boredom busting ideas and the best ones will be published in a post in a few weeks’ time.

Nandos £20 gift card giveaway

Good luck!

 

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Ren Taylor
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Ren Taylor

Any internet enabled device…..conttrsversial but true…..sozzles lol

Tanya Camilleri
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Tanya Camilleri

We love bug hunts. We get our kit together – magnifying glass, bug pit, and bug identification book and head to local woodland areas

Helen
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Helen

This was so much easier when they are little, a picnic and any day out would do, or a crazy daisy and water fight in the garden, then we needed to get adventurous which involved searching for lots of discount codes, for goApe, kayaking, badminton, tennis, science museums, amusement parks. Now in teens he just needs me to bank roll tennis/badminton courts plus stock of ball/shuttlecocks, trainers for running, art materials for painting, camping kit.

cheryl hadfield
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cheryl hadfield

I like to plan lots of day trips throughout the holidays, not to theme parks but to parks and musuems..entertainment does not have to mean money

Margaret GALLAGHER
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Margaret GALLAGHER

Rewards chores and praise
Woorks a treat
Teaches the value of things too

Calvin
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Calvin

Games.. also movies..

Solange
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Solange

Lots of play dates and days out.

stacy sorrell
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stacy sorrell

i started a craft box a few month ago, each week i buy a couple of things from the poundhsop, such as paint, glitter, or a colouring book, now the tub is full, with loads of activities for my girls to do

Dawn Samples
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Dawn Samples

I love taking the kids to farms during the holidays. You pay a fee in but you can always take a picnic. We also enjoy going to national parks which are free, some you pay for parking but then you can bring a picnic or a have a barbecue. My favourite is Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire which the kids love x

MARIA ROGERS
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MARIA ROGERS

fill a jar with folded bits of paper – the fun jar – write things like ‘picnic at the park’, build a den, messy play, un-birthday party, put on a show, once all the chores have been done they get to pick a fun thing to do!

Margaret Clarkson
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Margaret Clarkson

Give them jobs to do, they will soon find something more fun to do instead!

Kim Neville
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Kim Neville

We visit lots of different parks, some with sand pits or paddling pool. Go to theme parks, zoo, farms, see family and have play dates. School holidays always seem to go fast for us as always something planned

Julie Thomas
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Julie Thomas

Plan for wet days . . . collect materials (felt, paper, card), glitter glue and buy some card blanks and get the children to make cards for Christmas for friends and family. It may be out of season but they will get absorbed in their crafting and enjoy their makes!

Victoria Prince
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Victoria Prince

Try and space the activities out rather than going in hell for leather as soon as the schools break up, and suss out all the free activities – chances are there will be lots of venues locally that offer free admission that you’re not even aware of 🙂

Annabel Greaves
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Annabel Greaves

Getting out of the house can keep boredom at bay, even if it is just to the park

iain maciver
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iain maciver

plan some day trips if possible

Emma Ferguson
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Emma Ferguson

Plan lots of days out

Martina Pichova
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Martina Pichova

Paddling pool and garden games out on sunny days. Inviting their friends round so they keep each other busy. Local playgrounds.

Susan B
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Susan B

Rewards and a good store of board games, card games, outdoor games and gadget games.

mick proctor
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mick proctor

Just hang out in the local park

Alison Macdonald
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Alison Macdonald

Try and plan a week ahead with something everyday (even if it’s only part of the day) to break up the day. Parks, picnics, beach, museums especially things that are free or cost little as these are often where kids have most fun. Rainy days save for baking/cooking, arts & crafts, colouring and watching movies

A S,Edinburgh
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A S,Edinburgh

A photo-a-day challenge can be great, because it naturally inspires plans of where to go and what to do to create fun pictures. It provides a bit of motivation to get out of the house!

Katie
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Katie

take them outside – to the woods, the park, anywhere like that

Claire Woods
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Claire Woods

Keep them busy with things they want to do.

abigail edkins
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abigail edkins

I spend a few weeks collecting cardboard boxes, tubes ad bits and bobs then pop it all out in the garden under the gazebo with paints, glue and some other bits the let them make whatever their imagination comes up with

Jennifer Bruce
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We compile a summer bucket list and display it, with a list of things we want to do. It includes days out (ie zoo, aquarium etc) and crafty days, as well as things to bake and films to watch!

Jo Hutchings
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Jo Hutchings

Lots of picnics! They make even a trip to the local park special.

Hazel Rea
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Hazel Rea

To avoid the dreaded phrase, “I’m bored” prepare a pack of cards with a chore on each. If the child says the dreaded phrase shuffle the cards and they pick a card and do the chore. My top tip for entertaining them is always be ready to adapt the plan for the day – if e.g. it pours with rain then have the picnic on the lounge floor, and get them doing origami (lots of instructions on the internet), etc.

Mike AMBLER
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Mike AMBLER

The best entertainment I remember as a child was a home made treasure hunt. Finding everyday items thst can be found around the area. Obviously safety (roads etc) have to be considered.

Rebecca Sutton
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Rebecca Sutton

send them to their nans for 2 weeks in the isle of wight! she will have the beach and be spoiled by nanny!

lesley renshaw
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lesley renshaw

The question all parents would love to know the answer to… We’re having a rough time with our daughter being BORED all time at the moment so who knows what she’ll be like during the holidays especially as we’re strapped for cash. I’m hoping me and her friends parents can take it in turns to have each them over – let them find something to do together. But she’s 9 now and parents are BORING, life is BORING (despite various clubs and activities they do) so may a trip to Nandos would make us all a little happier. Thanks for… Read more »

MANDY DOHERTY
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MANDY DOHERTY

Days out at the park, local woods and beach

Fay
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Fay

I don’t have kids but my niece & I love doing arts & crafts together

Sarah Mackay
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Sarah Mackay

Going camping in the garden.

Angie McDonald
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Angie McDonald

We bake, have in-home picnics and craft!

Sinead ORourke
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Sinead ORourke

Wall climbing is always great for us

Jessica Powell
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Lots of activities, games, crafts, etc. And when all else fails one of the kids’ tv channels…

Tee Simpson
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Tee Simpson

Let them.set up a slime factory in the garden. We did this today. They had hours of fun!

john prendergast
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john prendergast

Games,holidays,tv

Hayley Colburn
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Hayley Colburn

Take them out, it doesn’t have to cost money, even if its popping to the park or visiting cousins etc, as long as they are busy they’ll be happy

Alice Gilkes
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Alice Gilkes

Plenty of days out.

Laura Banks
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Laura Banks

planning day trips so there is always something each week to look forward too

Sheena Batey
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Sheena Batey

A plan for activities or crafts most days and TV and computers occasionally . Hard work but rewarding.

Jessica Walker
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Jessica Walker

Days out are great but I find some jumbo chalk, picnic blanket and a watering can will keep little ones entertained in the garden for hours with very little expense

Ruth Harwood
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Ruth Harwood

we play board games and organise cheap days out at least once a week and the week hol at the end of the summer x

Rachel Thompson
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Rachel Thompson

My son is looking forward to Pokemon
Hunting!

Laura Turner
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Laura Turner

Simply putting up a tent in the garden – they’ll be playing cowboys and indians all day long.

Iris Tilley
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Iris Tilley

I’d ask them what do they want todo and get them to write it down. If you think it’s an ok response fold in and put into a kitty so they can pick one out without them seeing what’s written down. If there’s more then one child they will take turns. You write stuff down too Perhaps get hubbies involved even grandparents.

Suzanne Drummond
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Suzanne Drummond

love adventure mystery trips

Sarah Hughes
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Have a jar full of sticks with different activity ideas on!