- Published on Tuesday, 12 June 2012 09:45
Below you'll find ten summer fun ideas for parents and kids. We've kept the budget minded parents in mind!
From Shara - Mommy Perks
1. Look through your drawers or cupboards for items you can use during art/craft projects. My kids always enjoy doing this. We look around for things that might otherwise go to waste or be thrown away: cardboard pieces, paper, fabric, ribbons, tubs or tins and so on. We use the items to make crafts or decorations. Even if the craft turns out to be nothing more than a big collage on paper, the kids learned a few lessons here: reusing, cleaning out, creativity, etc.
2. My children love to play outside with a sprinkler. You can buy an inexpensive one at the hardware store or in the garden area. We then come inside and the kids take a bath while still wearing their swimsuits. I blow bubbles while they splash around and pop the bubbles. Cheap (clean) fun! LOL
3. Make home made soap! You can purchase glycerin online in bulk or at a local craft store. Purchase a few soap molds. You can use food coloring to color the soap. You can use mint leaves to scent the soap (if you don’t have any in your yard your neighbor might?). Create soap for your own home or to give away as gifts. *Most craft stores provide coupons for shopping so check online or look inside your local newspaper.
4. Can’t afford a nice sand box? Don’t worry. You can purchase a cheap round plastic pool from the local store (they run about $10). Fill that with sand from Home Depot ($3+ a bag). Your make-shift sand box will last all summer long. Cover with a cheap tarp if you worry about animals using the sand box as a litter box.
5. Start a pet parade. In our small town we had a pet parade one year and the kids loved it. Everyone brought out their dogs (and one family brought their pony!) and we walked around the school grounds with flags and streamers. Your town may not allow this on the school grounds but you could start an annual neighborhood pet parade using the local park area. Have your kids help with the planning and details!
From Ava - Listen to me Please
1. Allow yourself to feel and be free – give yourself permission to slow down a bit.
2. Do at least one new creative project with your child over the summer; something they want and like to do. Write a book or song or paint a picture, build something and creativity soothes the soul.
3. Be very active: bike, swim, walk, play chase every day and make it fun. Bike somewhere and have a picnic and play games. Make up a family game….
4. Allow your kids to choose some of the activities each day. Let them feel free from being bossed around. Rather than saying “No!” often try saying: “Let me think about it” or “Maybe tomorrow we can try that.”
5. Make room for raising some money for charity and spending: lemonade stand, sell used books or toys, etc. Give 10% to charity.
Let the summer fun begin!