Summertime is creeping closer and in some areas, has already arrived! And for most people that means a break from the books. Kick start your summer by trying a few of these fun (and mostly free) activities for kids.
Play on a tire swing. Kids seem to be naturally attracted to playgrounds. You can bring a piece of the playground to your house by hanging a tire swing from a sturdy tree. This is a great way to repurpose a used tire.
Blow bubbles. This is one of my youngest boys’ favorite daytime activities. Simply blowing bubbles can be so much fun! Try to catch them or see who can blow the biggest bubbles.
Go bowling – on the house! If you’ve got children anything like mine, they love bowling! It’s something nearly every age group can enjoy, and through a program called Kids Bowl Free, your children can bowl two games free each day, all summer long. Just check out their website to find a bowling alley participating in your local area.
Go camping without the hassle of leaving home. With young children and busy work schedules, camping can be more of a chore than a vacation. Make it easier on young ones and parents alike by camping at home. Pitch a tent in the yard and relax, knowing you’re not even a little far from home. Don’t have a yard or can’t camp due to rules? Just make a fort in your living!
Pick flowers. Pick flowers with young children, or let older children pick on their own. Make a bouquet, fill a vase or dry to make potpourri. Kids will be excited to see their bouquets on display and mom can enjoy fresh flowers. Just ensure children know were they can and cannot pick.
Go foraging. A hike in the woods can be a great way to burn off excess energy. Take a walk in the woods as a family and look for wild mushrooms, nettles, onion, garlic and other edibles. It won’t just fill an afternoon with fun; it’ll cut your grocery bill too! Just be sure that are able to identify what you plan to eat when for hunting for foods. Just because Mother Nature planted it, doesn’t mean it’s safe.
Go to a playground. I have yet to meet a child that didn’t like a playground. Enjoy a cup of tea while you push your young one on a swing. Share some much desired adult conversation with other parents while your children wear themselves out so they’ll go to sleep without a fight enjoy some social time.
Write a letter. You know those updates that get sent out around Christmas or New Year letting everyone know what’s going on with the family? Work on yours while you aren’t competing with the rush of the holiday season. Make it a family project and let the children give their own updates. Include photos to make it more fun!
Just relax! Summertime doesn’t have to be an event. Spend some time together and actually… relax! Simply using the summertime to recharge and catch up by chatting and relaxing is a great way to enjoy extra time with family.