With a break from school and a busy routine, summer gives your kids a chance to rest and relax. But all that free time can quickly result in boredom if you’re not careful. Make sure you never hear the words “I’m bored” by having a few go-to activities in your back pocket. These 10 simple ways to keep your kids entertained this summer will help you keep your kids busy until school starts again.
Head to your local library to sign up for their reading challenge. Then, keep track of your child’s progress using the provided form. The program will help your kids keep reading after school is out, and if you check in each week, your child can earn fun prizes.
Help your kids set up a business venture during summer break with a lemonade stand. Set up the stand and help make the lemonade, then pass the reins onto your kids to run the business for the day.
Sidewalk chalk is a great way to let your kids get creative and keep them occupied for a while. Simply give them some chalk and send them outside to use their imagination for a little while.
A water balloon fight is a classic summer activity. Just grab a bunch of water balloons, fill them up, and let your kids go crazy outside on a hot summer day. And if you’re up for a little messy fun, replace the water with non-toxic paint for a more unconventional balloon fight. Your kids will have a blast, and they can still enjoy getting a little wet after playing when you rinse the paint off with the garden hose!
Make a list of things your kids can find around the house and in the backyard, them send them out to complete the scavenger hunt. The first one back with everything on the list wins a prize!
If your kids aren’t up for roughing it in the woods, pitch a tent in the backyard and have a little camping fun. Whether they spend the day playing in the tent or choose to enjoy the backyard campsite through the night, you can be sure backyard camping will keep them entertained.
Build a Fort
Give your kids an escape from the summer heat by building a fort in the living room with blankets and pillows.
Plant a Garden
While planting the garden will keep your kids entertained for the day, maintaining the garden will keep them busy all summer. Make them in charge of weeding, watering and harvesting to keep them occupied throughout the season.
Play at the Park
If your family needs to get away from home for a while, head to the local park to play and enjoy the nice summer weather.
Get your kids involved in hosting a yard sale. Not only will it help you declutter your house, but your kids can make a little extra cash, too.