Wondering what your kids can do while they're out of school. As parents we can sometimes get panicky at the thought of the those energetic kiddos being home ALL DAY LONG. And let's not forget the fear of having to constantly hear those dreaded words, "I'm bored" Don't let your kids summer vacation scare you. There are so many things you can do to ease their boredom that doesn't involve tons TV or video games. Being a mom who now homeschools my child has taught me to become very creative when it comes to giving Aizlynn things to not only keep her busy but, keep her creativity flowing. Although our family is big on visiting theme parks (we do live in Orlando)I'm constantly researching fun, new things we can do without breaking the bank. Here are some great ideas I've found to help make my child's summer a little sweeter! Give them a try with your kids!
* Have a "Water Fun" day!- Instead of the usual trips to the pool (which is fine too) spice it up by having a fun water balloon fight, buy some inexpensive water guns, bring out the old garden hose and sprinkler too. You can even have a sponge toss- take soaked sponges and throw them at a designated target!
* Bubble Art!- Take bubble mix, pour some into a cup and add a few drops of food coloring. Blow rainbow bubbles into the air, and try to catch them with a white sheet of paper! After the paper dries, use markers or crayons to finish your masterpiece!
* Play "Follow the Clues"- This can be done indoors or outdoors and it requires some preparation. You'll need a "treasure" (you can use a treat like a bag of candy for example), and post-it notes. Hide the treasure, then write a clue that leads right to it. Hide the clue, then write and hide another clue that leads to that one, and so on. Try to hide each clue so that a small piece of the paper shows and don't hide clues too close together. Use as many clues as you want, numbering them in order. Leave one clue unhidden to start the hunt! Make the clues age appropriate- you can draw pictures for preschoolers who can't yet read.
* Have a picnic in the park- When your child is a bit used to park trips, like mine is, having an old fashion picnic that involves a blanket on the grass and lemonade really helps to put a fun twist on a routine trip to the park.
* Have a pizza day- No this doesn't mean ordering pizza! Remember we're trying to keep the kids busy with activities! Have fun making your own pizza. You can use pre-made dough or one option we love is pita bread. Also try to remember it's all about fun so don't gripe about things getting a little messy. You can even invite some of your child's friends over and make it a pizza party!
* See what's free!- Many local libraries have free story time events that your kids can enjoy. Also check to see what your local fire station has to offer. Many Fire stations will have certain days where they allow the public to take tours. Your child will love getting to see and touch real fire fighting equipment and often times they'll get to sit in a fire truck!
* Make a what-to-do jar- This can be your backup system when your busy playing catch up around the house or having to answer 50 emails and just need time to focus! Get the kids to write fun activities that really don't require a whole lot of supervision on slips of paper and put them in the jar. For example, act out a play, color, play a board game, build something with legos or blocks, have music time, write a letter to someone special to them etc. When they get bored, get them to reach in the jar and pull out a slip!
I hope you find inspiration in some of these great ideas and hey, you might find yourself having more fun than your kids! What are some creative ways you keep your kids busy during the summer?