Summer’s beginning. It won’t be long until your kids’ whine, “There’s nothing to do.”
But don’t sweat it; here are ten summer fun activities that will keep your children occupied.
- Pitch a tent in the backyard and camp with Smokey the Bear.
- Plant seeds and grow healthy vegetables to harvest and cook. We just planted sunflowers for the birds to eat this fall.
- Take old bread to the park and feed the birds.
- Sprinklers are a forgotten play activity with so many yards watered automatically. With water shortages, turn off automatic sprinklers. Parents can easily adapt water volume for small children or bigger kids.
- Nature scavenger hunt. Identify items for children to find. They can draw what they find, mark it off a list, or take photos of each item.
- Remember sidewalk chalk. Lets children express their creativity and washes off easily.
- Dig in the dirt with shoes off. Shovels, water, containers, and trucks provide lots of fun. Hose down children when done! This is one of my grandson’s favorite activities. I keep a dirt area in the yard just for mud play.
- Tricycle/Bicycle Derby. Decorate bikes. Bike races by age groups. When we did this in our neighborhood, a boy in a
- Pets on Parade. Gather the pets, dress them up, and have a parade on your sidewalk. (Cats and dogs on leashes.)
- Don’t forget Flag Day on June 14th. Buy flags from a dollar store. Children create instruments such as drums, shakers, and tambourines. Then form a parade on your neighborhood sidewalks.
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