What To Do With Your Kids This Summer?

School is going to be out in a couple of weeks, and as parents, we’re faced with the yearly question of “what am I going to do with my kids this summer?” For some, we have the option of allowing our children to spend that time with family. For others, especially those of us with multiple kids, that may be asking a lot. Allowing the kids to sit in the house and watch television all day is not an option either.
With the prices of camps being out of range for some parents, what other options are there?

Here are some summer activities to help you enjoy with the kiddos this summer:

* Take the children on a trip to the nature center
* Have backyard themed days ie. luau, superhero, beach
* Plan picnics
* Make ice cream with the kids
* Take trips to state parks
* Write a book with the kids, allow them to dd the illustrations
* Create vision boards and hang up in their rooms
* Volunteer to pick up trash at a local park
* Go or nature walks, collect leaves or other parts of nature. Create a collage from that.
* Water gun or water balloon fights
* Go biking as a family along a trail
* Library trips
* Plant a garden with the kids
* Make indoor sandbox (mix 4 cups of rice with 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of food coloring and let dry overnight)
* Face painting
* Make jewelry using beads
* Use popsicle sticks to build crafts ie. birdhouse, jewelry box
* Visit museums
* Visit local landmarks
* Make a mural on the sidewalk using chalk
* Visit water parks and amusement parks
* Visit local zoos and have your kids tell you what they learned about the animals
* Make different ethnic foods
* Take the kids to fire station to talk to real fire firefighters, and see the fire truck
* Collect rocks and paint them
* Make your own popsicles using fruit juice Bonus: add small bits of fruits in it for an extra treat
* Attend outdoor festivals and free concerts
* Make your own hard-to-pop bubbles with 1 cup of distilled water, 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap and 1 tablespoon of glycerin
* Have a fancy tea party
* Let kids paint each other with washable tempera paint, then wash it off in the sprinklers
* Set up a tent in the backyard to use as a summer playhouse
* Take a kid’s workshop at stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Pottery Barn, Michael’s, or Wilson’s
* Have a game night with the kids
* Take a boring brown paper bag and have kids brainstorm creative things to do with it — you’ll be surprised at how many things you can come up with
* Create three dimensional buildings using toothpicks and mini marshmallows
* Let kids paint the sidewalk or patio with plain old water and sponge brushes. When their creation dries, they can begin again

Enjoy the summer with your children! Challenge their intellect and their creativity!  Can you think of any activities to add to this list? We’d love to hear it!


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