How long will it take after the summer break begins before every parent hears those dreaded words “I’m bored!”? Kids are so excited when the school year ends, but they will likely use that phrase at least once. What can parents to do keep their children entertained and engaged of the summer months?
Here are a few good as well as frugal ideas to help:
- Plant a mobile garden – maybe in a container that can be moved around. Plant vegetables, flowers, or even an herb garden that your children can be responsible for its care.
- Have a picnic with your child’s favorite teddy bear or doll. This can be something as simple as fruit and juice, or milk and cookies. This can be a weekly event – and even an ideal time to play dress up for a “formal” lunch!
- Kids love bubbles! Adults love bubbles! Everyone loves bubbles! Make a quick trip to the dollar store and pick up a large container of bubbles and some wands that make unique bubble shapes. Spend an evening blowing bubbles and chasing them with your kids.
- Be sure not to forget your local library. There are always reading programs in the summer and other special programs that you can involve your children.
25 activities to do after the initial fun phase of summer wears off and before the summer doldrums set in:
- Pick your own...whatever. Find a farm with blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, flowers, etc., and get picking.
- Play outside in the rain. Smell the rain on the pavement; splash in puddles; make mud pies.
- Make "smores." Chocolate + marshmallow + graham cracker = summer
- Camp out. First-timers try backyard camping.
- Camp in. Put the sleeping bags on the floor and have a family slumber party.
- Stargaze. Invite friends and have a party.
- Catch lightning bugs. And then watch them flicker away into the night.
- Invite friends over for a game night. Have a kids' games table and an adult one too.
- Stop to smell the flowers. (Go to a botanical garden.)
- Talk to the animals. (Go to the zoo.)
- Have a puzzle race. Use 100-piece puzzles and see who finishes first.
- Take an early morning bird walk.
- Let the kids cook dinner. In fact, make a tradition of it.
- Go to a nearby museum that you've never been to before.
- Go to your favorite local museum...again.
- Go to a carnival or county fair. Eat cotton candy and fried dough.
- Decorate your walkways with chalk.
- Make fresh lemonade. Maybe even sell it at a lemonade stand!
- Go to a matinee. Find a bargain movie houses and pay less.
- Go to the drive-in. If there isn't one nearby, look for one near your vacation spot. Every kid should go to the drive-in at least once!
- Play miniature golf. Can you make the last hole-in-one for a free game?
- Find a free concert near you.
- Fly a kite.
- Teach the kids to skip stones.
- Play croquet on the lawn. And try bocci too
Fun links for Fun Projects:
Make a DIY Garden Watering Can
Make a DIY Wild Bird Treat
Make a Toothpick Marshmallow House!
Make and Enjoy some Pudding Cones!
Another way to beat summer boredom, don’t forget, wonderful summer memories are just waiting for your child at T’s Learning Center Summer Camp! This exciting summer program is offered by the top-rated child daycare in Jacksonville, FL, and surrounding areas. We look forward to sharing summer fun with your child!