Best Summer Activities for Your Kids

June 12, 2017

in Lifestyle

"I'm bored." "There's nothing to do." "What are we going to do today?" These are the dreaded questions and complaints of summer. If your kids are already getting restless on their summer vacation, you need to find some new activities to keep them entertained. Here are a few ideas:

Educational Activities

You don't want your kids to forget everything they learned over the school year. While you can set aside time every day or a few times a week for reading, writing, math and science, you may want to make summer lesson plans a little more fun.

  • Marshmallow Catapult: Teach your kids all about physics by making a marshmallow catapult. Build the catapult out of marshmallows, skewers and a spoon and explain how leverage, energy and force work to shoot the marshmallow across the room. Make it extra fun by having a marshmallow war or trying to see who can launch theirs the farthest.
  •  Read-a-thon: Go to the library and pick out a bunch of different books your kids are interested in. Set aside the rest of the day to see who can read the most pages or books. Then you can discuss what you read at dinner and award the winner with a small prize. Make it extra comfy by staying in your pajamas and setting up a pillow fort or sleeping bags to read on.
  • Story Time: Challenge your kids to write a story one day. Give them a prompt, show them a picture or just have them use their imagination and see what they come up with. Make it extra spooky by having them write ghost stories to tell around a fire in the backyard.

Healthy Activities

It's tempting to let your kids watch TV and play video games all summer, but they need to get up and moving as well.

  • Trampoline Games: Encourage your kids to get out into the sunshine with some fun games on a trampoline. Play crack the egg or have a competition to see who can do the craziest jump or flip. If the weather is hot, turn on the sprinklers under the trampoline for a fun time.
  • Exploring: Go somewhere new this summer and explore the outdoors. Whether you go to a new park in your city or go hiking, backpacking or camping, you can show your kids the wonders of the great outdoors and enjoy some family time.
  • Cook Off: Your kids are going to be hungry after all that exercise. Make a healthy and delicious meal together at the end of the day. Have your kids pick a recipe they want to make and involve them in every step of the process. Explain what makes a healthy meal and how to make it tasty.

Crafty Activities

Another way to keep your kids occupied this summer is with some crafts. You can go as simple or as crazy as you like with these activities.

  • Stop Motion Flip Book: Give your kids a sticky notepad and a marker to create their own stop motion story. They can draw people, flowers, designs or anything their imagination can come up with to tell a story. PBS has step-by-step directions to help you complete this project.
  • Tie Dye Shirts: Pick up some plain white shirts (or shorts, socks or hats) and a tie dye kit to do this fun project. Show your kids how to make patterns with rubber bands and then cover your article of clothing in different color dye to make something psychedelic. You might want to get plastic gloves and a tarp so you don't stain your hands and floor with the dye.

Your kids won't even think of saying "I'm bored" this summer. Get creative with your activities and let your kids' imaginations run wild.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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