24 Jul Activities for the Dog Days of Summer Break
By this time each summer, a lot of parents may start counting the days until the first day of school. The high temperatures might force kids to spend less time outdoors and more time is telling parents how bored they are. Considering you may have exhausted all those fun ideas you came up with at the end of June to keep your kids busy this summer, we would like to offer you these tips to help you and your kids make it the last few weeks.
- Host an ice cream social. Invite friends to bring their favorite toppings while you supply the ice cream and cones. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to celebrate the summer with friends and family.
- Talk with other parents about sharing duties. Chances are you are not the only parent feeling the summer blahs. Coordinate with a friend who has children the same age as yours and offer to take the kids one day a week in exchange for the same service on their end. It can give you both a much-needed break once a week and give your kids some additional playtime with friends.
- Have a “messy” day. Sure, the play area looks nicer when it’s all neat. But taking one day off from cleaning up can spark creativity and might get your kids to play with some toys from the bottom of the toy box they didn’t even know were there. Let them dump the toy box on the floor. Let them leave the board game pieces out. Bonus: If they are allowed to play with everything, you might find that some toys are no longer of interest, and you can sell, donate or recycle them tomorrow when you do clean up.
- Let the kids make a meal. This one depends on your kids’ ages. Let the kids find a recipe they would like to try that is age and skill-appropriate. Get the ingredients and let them have at it. Be sure you taste it and tell them how wonderful their creation is!
- Relax. Remember that even though your children are stating how bored they are, time off from activities is important. Take a break from planning activities and let your kids figure out how to keep themselves occupied. It will help develop their imagination in ways you never thought possible.
Do you have any great ideas for summer activities? Send them our way!