Although every child loves to spend a day on the beach, sometimes you need extra ideas to keep them entertained. The first things your child will do of course swimming and building sandcastles. This always seems like a great hit among children. Let them scour the sand in search of some beautiful shells to make necklaces, bracelets and crafts later at home! Bring some sand home and your child can make outstanding art projects!
Does your child like the treasure hunt? I bet she does. So plan one or two around the yard or around the neighborhood. Start a lemonade stand (you can make ice popsicles as well!). It gets very hot in the summer and not only is a fun activity, but it will also help to cool them down while giving them a tasty snack! Do not get a chance for camping? Make one in the backyard. Play water balloon fight, practice rope skipping, make a race track or zip lines.
Are you tired of bubbles that pop as soon as you blow them? No anymore! Try making your own bubbles and wands. Summer is a time for bubbles fun! So, make them a lot.
Make sidewalk chalk paint and of course, use it to paint the sidewalks afterward! It’s better than painting walls or other things that they should not be painting, right? Make the sidewalk paint and brushes at home in a rainy day and get ready for the sunny days.
Birds are back! If you did not get a chance to feed birds all winter, this summer is a great time to start! It is very important to feed the birds all year around. Here are excellent crafts you can make together with your children and get closer to nature.
Another fun project could be having the kids make a summer journal. Have them document all of their favorite moments and memories throughout the summer from beginning to end. They can be creative and draw pictures and everything! Or even glue in some photos that were taken from a camera! This will be a great thing to look back on for parents and children as the years go by! Especially if they create a new journal every year, this could be an ongoing project become a tradition with their own kids! They’ll thank you for that one, I’m sure.
Not leaving the indoor activities, you can spend the rainy day practicing origami skills, weaving looms, making a shadow puppet theater. Especially with younger kids, this could be hours of entertainment, trust me. Maybe even try setting up a way to do indoor mini golf! This might require moving around some furniture so that nothing gets hit or broken, but this could be a lot of fun for the whole family. Plus it would be a much cheaper alternative than actually going out to play mini golf.
One more summer activity for kids to keep their hands busy and improve fine motor skills. Play sensory bins! You can play it at home, or on the backyard.
There are tons of things that you can do with your children over the summer. Don’t let the months that they are out of school flash by before your eyes. Make the most of it so that you can hold and cherish these memories that they will remember as they grow older.