Here we are, already mid-summer! I cannot believe how fast this summer is going. Although as the years go by, they seem to go faster and faster. I don’t know about you, but I try to soak up all of the sun during summer days and my kids do too. I try to schedule a few activities once or twice a week to help keep the girls entertained too…otherwise we all end up going crazy!! Here are 10 Fun and Easy Summer Activities that we love.
- Go for a walk. Head to the park or go around the block. Make it more interesting and double the activity by collecting items such as leaves, rocks and flowers. Once home you can create art and crafts with what you’ve gathered.
- Rainy day puddles. If it has been a wet day or week, put on some old clothes and jump in those puddles!! Kids love to make splashes and it’s fun to get out after being cooped up.
- Visit your local library. Libraries are great for book clubs, mom and tot classes and more. Even if you are not interested in the activities offered, you could pick a weekly (or monthly) theme and have the kids pick a book relating to that theme to read about.
- Water fun. Set up a water table, slip and slide or have some fun with water balloons. Summer is the only season we can get wet and still stay warm so repeat this activity every chance you get. Kids love to play with water, we use water outside at least 2-3 times a week in different ways, it never gets boring!!
- Scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts can be so much fun and they are completely customizable. You can have a very large one that takes you around the neighborhood, or a small one kept to your backyard. You can write down clues on pieces of paper, or keep it short and name objects for the kids to find such as leaves, rocks or sticks.
- Take a bike ride. Get on your bikes and ride around town. Bring a picnic lunch to help break up the trek. If you have young children who are not able to ride yet, get a push bike or simply take the stroller.
- Draw nature. Get some paper and crayons and have your kids draw the nature that they see. When done, label them, place them in a binder and make a nature catalog. By the end of the summer you can go through it all and remember all the animals, insects and plants you have seen in your backyard.
- Go to the local farmers market. Try a different vegetable or fruit each time you go and take the opportunity to teach your kids about local produce and farming.
- Plant a vegetable garden. Plant cucumbers, tomatoes or peas, etc. The kids will love watering them and watching them grow. When they are ripe, the best reward comes – they can pick, wash and eat them!
- Paint a bird house. Go to your local craft store and purchase a bird house to paint. Once painted, hang it outside and guess what birds may live in the house.
These are just a few ideas that keep my girls busy on summer days. We have a lot of fun together and I’m sure you will too! Any more ideas are greatly appreciated!! For more summer fun see 5 Ways to Spend Time Outdoors this Summer and Science and Crafts with the Kids during the Summer Holidays.