Summer is a marvelous time of year. It’s a great time for outdoor fun with your children. Get the kids off the computer, away from the TV or Nintendo and get them and yourself out in the sun. But the days are long and your ideas might be few and far between. Let me give you some ideas to help you and the kids stay busy and get lots of fresh air this fabulous season.Summer is time for outdoor fun with your children. However, sometimes the days are long and your ideas are short. Here are some ideas to help you make sure your active ones are busy and getting lots of fresh air this summer.
Lay on the sidewalk and take turns outlining each other in chalk. Decorate your flat selves by drawing clothing and funny faces in multi colored chalks. To make this project educational, you can read the book “Flat Stanley” as well.
While you’ve got the chalk out, try creating some stenciled chalk drawings by cutting out some patterns in cardboard – for instance a weetbix box – you can cut out eyes, mouth and nose and stencil faces on your fence. The kids will have a ball and you can rub and wash it off, unlike grafiti.
Your child will learn science, responsibility and have fun by planting a garden and maintaining it. Why not try and grow a generous garden with succulents. These lovely little plants just grow and grow, and you can neglect them as much as you want. And they just keep giving. Show the kids how just by pulling off a leaf, you can grow another plant.
In fact, if you have the time or inclination, you can make the entire landscape edible. How fun would it be to wander around the yard snacking? Blueberry bushes, Grape Vines, Kiwiberries, Strawberries, herbs like mint, oregano, dill, thyme and basil, and fruit trees are all easy to maintain. Some vegetables, like tomatoes require nothing but a lot of water and sunshine to grow like weeds. Start small and see what happens.
Has your child ever tried to hoola-hoop? Show him how. Then, take hoola hoops and make a pretend circus in the yard or try to get your dog to jump through one. You are only limited by your imagination.
Teach your kids how to play hopscotch. Let them draw their own hopscotch patterns. If they are like I was as a kid, they’ll make hundreds of squares and hop around all day.
Bubbles are always a favorite. Take turns chasing and popping them. Blow bubbles with various bubble wands to see how their shapes and sizes differ. This is a great activity if Mum is exhausted. You can sit in your favorite comfy chair and just blow, while the kids run around having an hilarious time.
Turn on the Sprinklers
There’s no need to buy a pool when the old-fashioned sprinklers are just as much fun. There is definitely something special about running around in the front yard through the sprinklers, especially when the neighbor kids see you having fun and join in.
What are your favorite summertime back yard or front yard activities? Let me know in the comments. I can’t wait to hear your ideas.
Be sure to print out this list and keep it handy for the next time your children say “MUMMMMMM — we’re bored!”
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