During summer break, you might want to give your kids something do to keep them busy during their break. You could send them to a summer camp, but you do have other options to keep them busy during the holidays. Use these ideas for inspiration to keep the kids busy during their summer break.
● Nature hunt – Summer is a great time to go out and explore nature. It can be as simple as visiting the backyard and observing local birds, bugs, and other wildlife. Bring a paper and pencil to let your young one take some notes or drawings. If they feel especially adventurous, they can bring a jar with holes poked in the lid to catch bugs and study them later. Alternatively, you can go on a nature walk in the park or go hiking and make it an activity for the whole family.
● Tabletop games – Tabletop games are a great way to have some family time together, especially when summer gives you plenty of time to spend. Play some board games like Monopoly or jenga to entertain the kids for hours at a time. Games are a particularly fun option in case of summer rains when you can’t go outside. If you have the money, consider investing in bigger games (e.g. table tennis or foosball). These games can help keep the kids’ attention if they need something more active.
● Water games – Beat the summer heat with some water games to cool you down. There are plenty of options to choose from, from water balloon pinatas to sponge dodgeball. You can even make water obstacle course using everything from balloons to sprinklers to buckets. Invite the neighbours and make the day more fun for your kids. To make the day even more memorable, consider organizing a tournament of some kind to add a little competition to the day.
● Backyard science projects – If you’re in a scientific mood, consider doing some simple science projects with your kids. Do some simple projects in the backyard like making a bottle rocket or a mentos geyser for a fun way to introduce your kids to science. Combine science with another great summer activity: making s’mores. Build a solar oven to teach your kids the basics of solar energy and make some afternoon snacks to enjoy together.
● Stargazing – Summer is also a great time to go camping and go stargazing. Being away from the city and its lights helps make it easier to see the stars even without a telescope. If you don’t have one, you and the kids can still stare up at the stars and maybe make a game out of looking for constellations. If you aren’t heading out to a campsite, find a nearby location with dim lights (e.g. the backyard or a park). Bring some comfy seats to rest on while waiting and bring plenty of snacks to keep you full while waiting.
● Field day – Summer camps usually have plenty of outdoors activities; have an outdoors day to enjoy the sun with some games. Invite the other kids in the neighbourhood to play team events (e.g. kickball or capture the flag) and to give your kids more playmates. If you’re going the traditional route, you can try some old favourites like sack races, tag, and tug of war, just like in an actual summer camp.
Parents aren’t the only ones who can benefit from these activities; if you operate a summer camp or childcare in Sharon use these ideas to spice up the summer for your charges. Whether you’re at home or camp, these activities can help give your kids something fun and engaging to do before classes start again.