How many times have you heard your kids say, “I’m bored!” during the summer? Sure, kids should experience boredom sometimes. It helps spark creativity and helps them understand patience much better than being constantly busy. But there do come times during the summer when the heat gets to us all and we just want something fun to do without thinking about it. Here are some of those fun things you can do for your kids that won’t break the bank:
• Set up a scavenger hunt. Depending on the age of your kids, you can go as easy or as elaborate as you would like. Small kids might like to find things like twigs, flowers and pebbles. Older kids might like to search for certain species of bugs or types of rocks. You can either have the kids collect the actual items or take pictures of them to keep in a scrapbook (which is our next activity!)
• Make a scrapbook. Let your kids take pictures one day while exploring the outdoors. You can either loan them your camera or purchase a disposable one at the store. Print the pictures and put them on the picnic table with a couple notebooks, some glue, tape, and any other type of crafty items you have. Resist the urge to add input in their design and let them create freely.
• Go camping. Set up a tent in the backyard and sit under the stars. Let the kids run around in the dark with glow sticks. If you have the ability, have a campfire and roast marshmallows. Your kids will love sleeping outside. Or if they would rather sleep inside, that’s fine too!
No matter what you decide to do this summer, make sure your kids get enough exercise and outdoor activity each day. You will be doing them a great service AND you will all sleep well at night after a day in the fresh air.