You’d probably have a hard time finding a kid who doesn’t like summer. The weather is perfect for them to spend time outdoors, the world becomes greener and sunnier and makes them more playful than ever. Unstructured play is something you should let them enjoy as much as possible, but in those cases when your children get bored and can’t think of anything to do, it’s your job to come up with some simple, yet fun ideas for them. Here are some to choose from.
Going back to basics
Games we played a lot when we were kids are sometimes a whole new adventure for the new generations, being that, unfortunately, they spend a lot of their time indoors, staring at one screen or another. So, why not introduce your kids to some of those games? For instance, dodgeball is a great option for the whole family to participate. Your little ones will love it if their parents and siblings all join in the fun. Similarly, go through your attic or your garage, and you’ll surely find a frisbee somewhere in there. Teach them how frisbees are thrown and spend your morning or late afternoon in your garden or your local park having fun and being physically active in the process.
Cool down with water
Any outdoor activity involving water will leave your kid overwhelmed with joy. Kids simply love water and getting wet, so just let them. For instance, get them water guns and have them play with those. Other than simply running around and squirting the water on one another, they could also use the guns to create water pictures on your curb or one of your walls. Also, you could draw targets for them on the pathway, using some chalk, and have them practice their aim. You can even assign a certain number of points to each target and have your kids compete for those points. Finally, encourage them to make a castle out of plastic cups and have them shoot the cups down with their water guns.
Awake the artist in them
When the days get too hot to handle, you’ll want your kids indoors between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, which is why you have to come up with some indoor activities as well. Most children enjoy drawing and coloring. Of course, if the weather is tolerable, you can have them do it on the patio or in the garden. They could even use colored chalk and draw on your curb. However, if they’re indoors, make sure you get them plenty of crayons or coloring pencils, as well as some paper. You could also take things a step further by getting them a kid-friendly 3D pen like the 3Doodler, allowing them to add another dimension to their art. It’s perfectly safe for them to use, while the benefits are many, since these 3D pens can inspire creativity and design in your kids and provide them with better spatial understanding.
Teach them how to help you
If you often spend your time taking care of your garden, be sure to involve your little ones in these gardening activities. Kids are always eager to help you. It makes them feel useful and proud of themselves, especially when you praise them. And why not teach them how to plant a flower or even a tree? This world needs trees and flowers, as well as kind children to cherish the planet. They could also help you prepare meals in the kitchen. Of course, they shouldn’t be allowed to use sharp knives or touch anything hot, but they can rinse your fruit and vegetables, stir batter inside a bowl, whisk eggs or sprinkle spices over your meals. Finally, doing chores isn’t something kids (or grownups) usually enjoy, but if you turn them into family time and have all of you tidy the house together, they might actually perceive it as something pleasant. So, put on some upbeat music and turn your home maintenance into a singing and dancing experience for the whole family.
These are just a few suggestions for kids’ summer activities. Maybe these can inspire you to come up with some more, and if you can’t think of any, ask the experts – your kids. They’ll surely have something entertaining in mind.