All about children!

Summer in the northern hemisphere officially starts with the summer solstice on June 21st. But here in the US, we feel is summertime right after Memorial Day. I love summer! For me, is the time to relax, have fun, and go to the beach! But for many parents, summer means that kids are at home and the question many parents ask themselves is…What are we going to do this summer with the kids? Depending where you live your children might be home, right now, or in just a few weeks! Yikes!

So, what’s there to do with the children during the summer vacation? Of course, there’s always the traditional summer camps (I never went to one, so I can’t talk about that experience; I’ll research). But if you are at home with the kids, it can be tricky (and costly!) to find things to do to entertain them that won’t make you (or them) go crazy or bankrupt! So here are some ideas of fun, cheap entertaining things to do with your kids this summer!

  1. Cooking- I know it can get messy, but researching for the BEST recipe, getting the ingredients and doing all the cooking can take a few hours! If you do it at least twice a week, that can save you some time. Plus, you have to eat anyway!
  2. Arts & Crafts– Again, another messy situation. But, you can set a space just for this kind of activity. Crafting can help kids explore their creativity! Who knows what kind of masterpiece they’ll come up with? All you need is some paper, colored pencils, glue, stickers and a few other crafts to make it more special. Find things around the home to use! (here’s a link to a cute craft idea!) 
  3. Father’s day homemade cards– No need to explain! Have fun!
  4. Dance competition- Get some friends/cousins/neighbors and have a dance competition. This can last for hours! But between planning the rules, the judges, the outfit, and the songs, that can take a few days! You can also have a competition for sports, crafts and singing! The important thing is to have fun, not to win.
  5. Game night– Well, I guess I had to add this because I love board games. They are fun! If board games are too retro for your kids, and you have a Wii, then have a Wii challenge!
  6. Sleep-overs– This is great because if your child has 3-4 friends, and they each sponsor a sleepover, that’s a few days of kid-free time for you to recharge for the next adventure!

Whatever you decide to do, what’s important is that you spend time together as family [with the exception of the sleepover ;0)]. These activities help the children, with their creativity, motor and social-emotional skills.

Are there any other activities you would add? Share with us, so that I can add it to my list!

 

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Comments on: "Summer ideas for at-home entertainment!" (2)

  1. Anything with water! My mom used to send us outside with buckets, sponges, towels, etc. (mostly household thing!) My sister and I entertained ourselves for hours that way. If it gets everywhere, hey, it’s just water!
    You can invent lots of games that way too. Here’s a couple of things we used to do!
    – Play baseball with a big soaking wet sponge (or one of those balls meant to go in a pool, that soaks up water) and a wiffle ball bat (or even a broom handle, if you’re using household stuff!) Every time the pitcher throws the ball they have to dunk it in the bucket first! Everyone gets soaked every time the ball is hit or caught.
    – Write “disappearing messages” on the side of the house or building or sidewalk; it practices reading, and improves reading fluency because they have to read as you write, since the message “disappears” (=dries up) quickly.

    • Wow! those are really great ideas! I bet you and your sister had a lot of fun! Thanks so much for sharing! I agree with you anything with water is fun!!

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