Summer breaks are fast approaching and if you are a parent of a school age kid like me, you are probably scratching your head trying to figure out what are some fun things you could do during the summer breaks. With the cost of summer camps so expensive, you may need to get creative and keep your kids happy during the long summer vacations. Here are some fun things you could try.
Plant a garden
End of Spring and early Summer is a great time of the year to grow some pretty flowers, shrubs or even fruits and vegetables. You can pick up a variety of selections from your local nursery and get the kids involved. For school going kids, its a great opportunity to revise some lessons on functions of the different plant parts. They can keep a journal to make sketches and illustrations of the whole process.
Have a picnic
Plan a fun picnic in the park. Invite a family or two and let the kids have fun whiles the adults catch up on fun conversations. Bring some board games to play together with the kids. To make it even more exciting, make it into a fun competition among the families. Run around the park and play catch. The kids will love this.
Signup for the library
School is over but you can still find a way to keep them excited about reading. Give them rewards for reading more books. Take as many books as your library will allow. Choose books from different subject areas even the not so popular subjects. Sit down and read with the kids and play fun quizzes from the books read. Set up winning prices for number of questions answered correctly. Some schools now have summer reading programs that your kids can participate in to earn rewards both for themselves and their schools.
Go to the beach
Plan a couple of beach trips during the holidays and have awesome fun with the kids. Collects shells by the shore, build sandcastles, run in the sand and remember to take some snacks and home made foods along. This never gets old. Take advantage of free concerts on the beach for an added fun.
Take a day or two and go camping. Go with other families for added fun. Make a campfire and share memories. Start your own family traditions and let the kids share their own ideas.
Arts and crafts
Do a painting project with the kids. Ask the kids to choose a theme and work on getting it done. You can also consider knitting, bead making, tie and dye and making scrapbook. Explore the arts and crafts activities in the local community.
Go hiking/Nature walks
Find a hiking trail close to your home and take the whole family. Let the kids bring along magnifying glasses to take closer looks at interesting things on the route. Collect unique stones, identify birds, take photos of unique items and identify them later by doing a little research.You can also collect bugs and twigs on the way to start a collection.
Look for simple and inexpensive science experiments to perform at home. Let the kids get involved and get a little messy. Keep them simple so as not to make it boring and to keep their interest. Local libraries have collections that you can rent.
Visit a local museum to let the kids explore history and to learn more about their community. If there are other museums close by in neighboring cities and town, choose a couple of those and visit them as well
Family Movie night
Have a family movie night. Choose a weekend day and have a late night movie night, pop some popcorn in the microwave and have a fun-filled movie date. You can choose to make a pretend tent in the living room and sleep the night in after the movies
Explore your community to see what projects are on-going and get your family involved. You can also start your own community project and invite others to participate. Pick a playground, senior-living centers or a soup kitchen and volunteer your time. One fun idea my family enjoys is collect canned goods and encourage other kids to participate in this challenge to see who can collect more items. They then plan on a day to donate these collected items to shelter or food pantry. It’s always great to see the smiles of fulfillment they feel when they know these items are going to be a great help to someone else
Backyard water slides
Turn your backyard into an amazing cooling source in the heat of summer by placing water mats and plastic sheets in your backyard and turning on the water sprinkler. This turns down the heat and also pass the time in a fun way.
Ever wanted to go fishing but kept postponing it? This is your best opportunity to try this. Get some fishing supplies and head toward an approved fishing location. This is not only a fun activity for the family but also a time for the family to bond.
Start a rock garden
Rock gardens are a creative way of passing time. You can also decide to paint the rocks used for the garden to add your own unique touch. Encourage the kids to explore various designs and ideas and incorporate these ideas into the garden.
Indoor games and activities
It is a great idea to have some indoor activities lined up for the peak of summer when the temperatures are extremely hot or on rainy days. Play pirates, board games, family feuds. You can also try out a new recipe and get the whole family involved.
I just started doing this with my younger one. Instead of just teaching them words or numbers or other educative concepts, get them involved in building these activities. Get a paper board and involve them in building and constructing words, numbers and other concepts you will like them to learn. Dear daughter loves some glitters on her letters and numbers. By involving them and turning it into a fun activity, you achieve two things in one.
The goal is to keep the little ones having fun and also keep learning during the long summer vacations.
What are some fun activities you do with your kids and family during the summer breaks. I’ll like to hear about it in the comments section. Have a happy summer holidays..