As parents we like to think that summer is a time to relax and rejuvenate after a long school year, however it always seems that kids have a different idea. In an effort to keep your kids from bouncing off the walls and complaining of boredom every five minutes, we created a list of 10 great ideas for keeping your kids entertained, active and out of trouble all summer long.
1. Stage an A to Z scavenger hunt
All the participants have to find something that starts with every letter. If that doesn’t sound like fun, here are 8 more scavenger hunt ideas.
2. Write a book
Get your kids’ creative juices flowing and let them write and illustrate their own book. You can then use IlluStory and have it turned it into an actual hard cover book.
3. Plant a garden
Encourage your little ones to play in the dirt by helping with the garden! Dedicate a corner of the garden just for them, and let them pick what they want to grow. All these plants are great for kids to grown. Your kids will love seeing (and even eating) the results of their work!
4. Plan a picnic at a local park — or in your backyard.
Have your kids plan the menu and then take them along to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients. They will love helping prepare all the different foods for the picnic!
5. Slip n’ slide
Make your own slip n’ slide by heading out to your local hardware store and picking up so
me large plastic sheeting. Use something heavy, like some rocks, to hold the sheeting in place. Use your hose to wet it down and you and your kids are ready to enjoy this for hours!
6. Break glow sticks into bottles of water for some nighttime lawn bowling action.
Find some empty 2L bottles, fill them up with water and drop the glow sticks into the water bottles. Create a bowling lane, arrange the water bottles into a standard triangle pattern, grab a ball and enjoy!
7. Science Experiments
Who says learning has to stop in the summer? From ice volcanoes to rain clouds in a jar, this site has lots of great ideas!
8. Squirt Gun Painting
This classic summer art activity requires a little planning, but the results are worth it! You will need some squirt guns, watercolor paper, an easel, and liquid watercolors. After the easel is set up and the squirt guns are filld with the paint, everyone is free to go to town and create their own unique painting. Just remember- no squirting each other!
9. Create a 2-D Obstacle Course using sidewalk chalkThis is a great way to get the kids outside and moving! Using the sidewalk and colorful chalk, you can create various obstacles for the kids to complete. Challenge them to see how many times they can go through it or see if they can come up with their own obstacles!
10. Go on an excavation
To prepare this activity, fill a plastic container with small toys, marbles, and/or gems and then filled it with water. Once it’s frozen, dump the ice block out on a pan (or another surface you don’t mind getting wet), hand over some salt, water droppers, a small hammer, spoons, dull children’s knives, and some water and get chiseling!
What are some of your favorite summertime activities that your kids enjoy?