Summer is finally here! It’s that time of the year when kids want to go outside and play-play-play! There seems to be a few childhood favorites that seem to be lost in the past and forgotten. This summer is the perfect time to introduce these old time favorites, while spending quality time with your children.
What were some of your favorite things to do as a child? I’ve compiled a list that will keep your kids busy all summer long!
Make A Wish On A Dandelion
Find a field of dandelions and make an endless amount of wishes. Just be careful what you wish for!
Find Clouds That Look Like Things
Who doesn’t remember doing this? Spend a sunny day looking up into the sky to see what you find. This is especially fun for toddlers!
This is a great summer activity. Discover the moon, and the stars, and maybe a spaceship, while you build a s’more campfire before bedtime.
Pick Fruit Or Your Favorite Flowers
It’s a wonderful time to go berry-picking, or visit a lavender farm. You can use the berries and lavender to bake a pie for dessert or make lavender lemonade.
Enjoy The Sounds And Sights Of Nature
Sometimes we forget to appreciate the blessing of nature. Enjoy a walk on a trail while you listen to the sounds around you and discover new bugs and trees. You could even come across some animals this time of the year. Just remember always be respectful towards wildlife. Just look, don’t touch, and come prepared!
Fly A Kite
When was the last time you flew a kite? Not just any kite, but a homemade kite! Find some materials laying around the house and have your kids build a kite on a day with a windy breeze.
Here is an example of materials you can use:
* String or yarn
* Newspaper or any thin paper
* Wooden sticks (Branches, bamboo skewers, rulers, etc.)
Encourage your child to pick their own supplies to design the kite. This can help build critical thinking and problem-solving skills in children.
Stay At A Local Farm
A lot of our food source comes from local farms. Book a day trip or even a few nights. Stay to learn all about where your food comes from, and what it takes to grow it. Maybe even let the kids lend a helping hand in the barn, or plant a few seeds for the farmer. Farmers and their families will often be more than happy to accommodate you. They can always use the extra hands on the farm.
Build With Mud
Let your kids use their imagination and get their hands and clothes dirty! This is a great hands-on activity that focuses on creativity.
Build A Treehouse
When is the last time you saw one of these? This is a great way for kids to develop a wide variety of skills that they will benefit from in the future. Nothing is more fun for a kid than feeling like they have their own secret hideout filled with their favorite toys and books. It makes a great space for storytelling nights. The best part is the kids can make it as cozy as they want it to be!
Make Candy Apples
Caramel, chocolate, sprinkles, nuts…use it all! These are just a few of the many toppings you can use to make candy apples. Kids love these and so will you! Delicious, sweet, and refreshing all at the same time. If you don’t want to make a candy apple, you can always visit a carnival and find one there.
Not only are most of these free or cheap to do, but they’re fun and are sure to leave you and your kids happy. You’ll be mom of the year by the end of summer!