As the weather starts to get warmer and you’re turning up your air conditioner higher than usual, it’s an indication that summer vacation is right around the corner. While this may be an exciting time for kids, it’s often less looked forward to by parents. Since it can be challenging to keep younger children entertained all day, busy parents may find themselves struggling to juggle it all.
Not to worry, we’ve got some of the best ideas for keeping your kids busy all summer long without the fuss of glitter or play doh.
Often as parents, we overcomplicate things, searching for difficult projects on Pinterest to make our kids happy. Yet, some of the most traditional activities are often the most entertaining! Don’t forget the magic of a plain old piece of paper and crayons.
Allow your kids to let loose and use their imagination through the joy of making artwork. You could even let your kids get messy in the backyard with finger paint and canvas. Art provides plenty of entertainment, and it’s relatively affordable.
Time to pull out those rusty bikes in the garage and put them to good use. Not only is bike riding a wonderful pastime for your kids, but you can also enjoy it with them. Put on your helmets and go check out your neighborhood.
You may be surprised that there are some gorgeous paths and trails just around the corner from your house. If you have some grass hills around, try speeding down them and have a race. Whatever you do, try not to fall off!
Kids are so overstimulated these days that they’ve forgotten the simple joy of reading. Lay a blanket out in the backyard and make everyone read a book. Although sometimes all it takes is a little pushing and they may initially protest asking to use their iPad instead, you’ll find that after a few moments, if you’re reading too, they’ll start to enjoy the group reading time.
What says summer more than swimming? Summer is a great time to put on a bathing suit and go check out your local swimming pools. If you’re really lucky, maybe you live next to the beach or a lake. Splash around and have fun, and don’t be afraid to get wet and have fun with your kids while swimming. Even though you may have work to do during summer despite your kids being off, you should never forget how to have fun!
Have a Picnic
Having a picnic is a great way to get your kids involved in meal planning. Everyone can pitch in, making sandwiches and packing chopped vegetables for a lovely picnic in a nearby park or even in the backyard. Dining al fresco is a wonderful way to take advantage of the warm weather. You’ll remember summer picnics fondly when it’s cold and rainy again this next winter.