Now that the kids are out of school for summer break it’s time to make a list of things to do to prevent boredom.
I’ve gathered some super fun and educational things that are sure to keep your little ones entertained all season long:
Plant a small Picking Garden — This one gives kids the opportunity to choose the plants or seeds that are sown, helps them learn how to be responsible and once their fruits and/or veggies are ripe for picking, they can be proud of their accomplishments.
Nature Scavenger Hunt — Make a list of items that can be found right there in your yard and watch as the kiddos go out in search of natures bounty.
Make a Bird Feeder — Use scrap materials lying around your home such as empty plastic 2 liter soda bottles and twigs for perches.
Create Water Balloon Pinata’s
Have a Picnic
Draw what you See — Look around the yard, even in the sky and draw different objects that you see such as clouds, leaves, flowers, grass, even animals.
Play Hopscotch — One of my all-time favorite activities as a child
Make your own Sidewalk Chalk — Try this easy non-toxic sidewalk chalk recipe.
Set up an obstacle course — Race to see who can finish first.
Have a Bonfire — Safety is essential but gather around a fire and don’t forget the hotdogs, and marshmallows.
Create a Reading Nook outdoors — Use a large bed sheet, prop it up tent-style, and add in some of your child’s favorite books. A nice comfy pillow will make it even better.
Giant Human Bubble Maker — Using a kids mini wading pool, fill the pool with soapy water, insert a large hula hoop and have a child stand in the middle of it. Dip the hula hoop down in the water, and having two children assist, slowly lift the hula hoop up above the child standing in the pool (without touching their sides) and watch as you create a huge bubble.
Wash your Vehicles and/or Bikes — Allow your child(ren) to wash your vehicle(s) and/or bikes. Get them in their swimsuits and they’ll have a blast getting wet in the process.
Play Croquet, bocce ball, volleyball, badminton, or horseshoes
Make a Quintessential Science Project — a vinegar and baking soda volcano.
Have a family BBQ
Create your own Mini Marshmallow Shooters – Marshmallow shooters are sure to be a huge hit and they’re very affordable to make.
Do some Star Gazing — see if you can find some or all of the major constellations — big dipper, and little dipper, a lunar eclipse, meteor shower, etc. Spot a falling star and make a wish!
Have a Bug Race — Gather a few bugs (the same type or different varieties), mark a starting point and finish line on the sidewalk and see which bug wins.
Make some Kool-aid Popcorn — Try this tasty Kool-aid popcorn recipe!
Dance Contest — Grab a boom box, choose one or two judges, and a few participants and see who’s got the moves to win.
Play Tag — This is fun during the day but it’s even more exciting at night. Use flashlights or glow sticks so participants can be spotted.
Collect unique Rocks — Also, look for fossils.
Have a Tea Party — Serve finger foods and your child’s favorite drink.
Make your own Play Dough — Try these easy non-toxic playdough recipes.
Backyard Twister — This one is SO simple yet extremely fun. Here’s how to create a giant yard Twister board.
As you can see, there are tons of fun things you and your children can do right there in your own back yard. Of course safety is the first step in ensuring each activity is an enjoyable one so parental guidance is essential.
Loosen up, use your creativity, and have loads of fun!
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