Wednesday 20 May 2015

When you bring a foster child into your home, it’s important that you give them a fun filled, happy experience. You may be wondering how you are going to entertain your foster child and what you can do to help develop your bond with them. Some foster children may be full of ideas and have lots of hobbies already, but others may be more withdrawn and won’t know what they want to do. This article should hopefully give you some inspiration on what activities you can enjoy with your foster child in Hampshire.  

1. Take a ball to the local park

Sometimes it’s better to just keep it simple. Take a football, tennis ball, rugby ball, kite or any other form of entertainment down to your local park. Getting some fresh air and exercise will relax you both and you will start to have fun. There are many parks all over Hampshire that you and your foster child can enjoy.  

2. Crabbing

Entertaining your foster child doesn’t have to break the bank. Warsash is the crabbing hotspot in Hampshire. The feeling of catching a crab will be exciting for your foster child and they will be very pleased with themselves. It’s also not an exhausting activity so you will have time to chat.  

3. Marwell zoo

Most children enjoy a trip to Marwell zoo and this gives you the chance for a full day out together. If your foster child is quite quiet and withdrawn, this is a great activity for them because they can just enjoy the animals with no pressure to talk about themselves.  

4. Manor farm and country park

For younger foster children this one can be a real treat and it won’t cost you as much as a trip to the zoo. The foster child will get the opportunity to meet the animals which will be a real treat for them and you’ll still get a whole day out with them.  

5. A museum

A trip to a museum is a great option, especially for older foster children. There are plenty of great museums in Hampshire, including the Sea City Museum, the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum and many more.    

6. Bike ride

If you don’t own bikes then there are plenty of places you can go out and hire them. Going for a bike ride is a great way to show your foster child the local area, get some exercise and have fun at the same time. There are plenty of on and off road cycle routes in Hampshire to choose from if you do your research!  

7. The beach

The great thing about fostering in Hampshire is that you are never too far from a beach! From Stokes Bay to Calshot, there are plenty of great beaches to choose from. Go and skim some stones, have a swim or take a picnic and make a day of it!  

8. Local leisure centre

The local leisure centre offers you a world of opportunity to go and have some fun with your foster child. Hire a court and go play some tennis, badminton, squash or any of the other games that may be available. Go for a swim and race each other down the slides! Leisure centres are a great place to bond with your foster child and aren’t expensive either! There are plenty of them in Hampshire so you’ll have no trouble finding one.  

9. Crazy golf

Crazy golf is a great activity for all ages where you can have some fun without being too competitive (however a friendly competitive spirit might help with you bond with the foster child). Hampshire has some great places to play crazy golf so get online and find the nearest one to your now!  

10. The National Trust

If you’re ever stuck for ideas and can’t decide what to do with your foster child, never forget about The National Trust! From castles to waterfalls and other beautiful scenery, The National Trust is sure to give you some inspiration! Find out more about what The National Trust have on offer here.  

Hopefully we have given you some inspiration and you will have no problems entertaining and bonding with your foster child. All of these activities are a great way to put a smile on the foster child’s face, which is exactly what we aim to do. If you’re stuck for ideas or you want advice on anything else, please do get in touch with us today.

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