It’s that time of year again, where school let’s out and your home is filled with chatter all day due to your kids being home. So what do you do now? You want them to be active and enjoy their summer but at the same time you want to enjoy some quality time with them. My kids are not babies anymore; however I know I am not alone when it comes to having children who are technology driven.
Technology driven just means they enjoy everything electronic they keep theirs heads buried in their phones, computers, tablets, Ipods and the list goes on. This summer I am going to do my best to bring them back to reality and help them be a little more creative with their time. I know doing that will not be easy so I have searched online for some ideas.
I am not gonna plan everyday for them, what I will do is sit down and let them pick things they would like to do. After they are done with chores and activities that they have already committed to, there will still be plenty of time to have some good ol fun, that doesn’t include electronic devices. For instance mailing a letter, my kids are from the email age, the last time they wrote a letter it was going to Santa and even then they didn’t mail it, I did it for them. Certain things we used to do is not done very much anymore like writing a check, I want them to know how to do these things even if they dont need to.
I may go a little old school on them this summer because as I look at how the world is changing, I think it is better to know these things and not need them whether then need them and not know it or know how to do it. I am going to post some of the things here along with the website where I found them.
1. Gather up a few friends, and have a picnic in your back yard.
2. Go on a walk and take pictures of trees, flowers, dogs, etc.
3. Buy some fashion magazines, pick out a couple of really cute outfits, and try to recreate them for less!
4. Bead some bracelets and sell them for charity.
5. Volunteer at the local animal or homeless shelter.
6. Clean your room!
7. Bake some cupcakes and deliver them to friends and family.
8. Play some childhood games like “Sorry”, “Candyland”, or “Pretty Pretty Princess”.
9. Take your dog for a walk.
10. E-mail a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile.
11. Do 25 jumping jacks!
12. Look through old family scrapbooks, photo books, and yearbooks.
13. Make a root beer float.
14. Go to the movies with your siblings.
15. Go window-shopping with a friend.
16. Write a poem.
17. Make fresh, homemade fruit juice.
18. Give your dog a bath.
19. Make dinner for your family.
20. Baby-sit for a neighbor. 21. Have a sleepover party and watch scary movies.
22. Plan a vacation you want to take next summer.
23. Plant flowers in your yard.
24. Sign up for a class.
25. Have a bubble bath.
26. Make a mixed CD of your favorite songs and title it “The soundtrack of my life”.
27. Order a pizza.
28. Splash around in a plastic kiddy pool.
29. Buy some crayons and a coloring book.
30. Read a book based on a movie you have seen.
31. Make a scrapbook of your baby pictures.
32. Get a job or an internship.
33. Start a diary and write in it everyday.
34. Spend the day at the library.
35. Draw a self-portrait.
36. Make a collage out of old magazines.
37. Run around in the sprinklers.
38. Go to a museum.
39. Go out for lunch with one of your parents.
40. Jump in the pool with your clothes on.
41. Eat last night’s leftovers for breakfast.
42. Learn to sew or knit.
43. Invite friends over and have a tea party.
44. Swing on the swings at the park.
45. Tie-Dye a t-shirt or bed sheets with Kool-Aid!
46. Make a smoothie.
47. Learn how to define and spell 5 new words from the dictionary.
48. Make popsicles in your freezer.
49. Put on the radio and dance.
50. Go camping in your backyard!
Here is another one.
- Invent a new type of pizza.
- Make a music video.3
- Grow a tomato or sunflower plant.
- Walk barefoot through the grass.
- Build a sand castle.
- Have a wet t-shirt relay race.
- Picnic at a local park.
- Make the best ice cream sandwich ever.
- Have an overnight movie marathon.
- Play frisbee golf.
- Have a car wash to fundraise for a club or charity.
- Grab a blanket, spread it out in the grass and cloud watch.
- Make a card for a friend.
- Bike five miles.
- Catch lightning bugs.
- Eat the Best Banana Split ever.
- Take a nap under a shade tree.
- Go swimming.
- Have a pool party.
- Play with water balloons.
- Make a summer tote bag out of a recycled tank top.
- Soak in the bathtub with homemade summer bath salts.
- Sketch a flower that is growing in your yard.
- Bury a friend in the sand.
- Babysit and make paper airplanes.
- Volunteer in a community effort.
- Go fishing.
- Sleep in your backyard, under the stars.
- Create a photo journal.
- Hike a rail trail.
- Visit the local library and sign up for the summer reading list. You could win something.
- Swap a favorite book with a friend and read it.
- Make a friendship bracelet and send it to your friend.
- Write a poem
- Write a song.
- Write a play.
- Start your novel.
- Make a website.
- Give your MySpace/Facebook page a summery look.
- Friend someone famous on your MySpace/Facebook page.
- Have an outdoor basketball free-throw contest.
- Have a watermelon seed spitting contest.
- Sketch your pet.
- Make smoothies.
- Have a high tea, only use iced-teas.
- Help plan the family vacation.
- Make a root beer float.
- Write in your journal, “My Top Ten Favorite Summertime Activities”.
- Make toe ring.
- Paint your toe nails.
- Make a barefoot sandal.
- Make Hawaiian Pizza for your family dinner.
- Paint your fingernails with bright sparkly polish.
- Watch the sunrise.
- Watch the sunset.
- Get your community’s events list for the summer and attend an event.
- Have a summer clothes fashion show.
- Create a summer safety poster for the local library.
- Volunteer to read to children at the library.
- Learn to grill a hot dog.
- Learn to grill a hamburger.
- Learn to grill pizza crust.
- Eat some fruit with fruit dip.
- Make a collage out of old magazines.
- Skip stones at a lake.
- Surf/boogey board at the beach.
- Get a new hairdo.
- Change something about how you wear your make-up.
- Decide to pick up one good habit, then pick which one you’ll do.
- Make your own popsicles.
- Watch last year’s hot summer flick.
- Go to this year’s hot summer flick.
- Make a list of your favorite summertime movies in your journal.
- Make a summer sun shaped collage out of summer fashion magazines.
- Make a leaf t-shirt.
- Make a earring holder out of a branch.
- Make peach lemonade.
- Make a CD of your favorite summertime songs.
- Enjoy a board game marathon on your backyard picnic table or on your back porch.
- Have a scavenger hunt.
- Make some summer jewelry.
- Change something in or add something to your room.(You could clean it too.)
- Give your dog/pet a bath outside.
- Take your dog/pet for a walk.
- Run through a sprinkler.
- Make a whirlpool in a kids pool or play Ice Cubes and Piggies Game.
- Visit a flower garden and/or butterfly house.
- Grow some lavender so you can make your own potpourri.
- Turn up the music and dance.
- Go stargazing.
- Sleep until noon – once.
- Tie-dye your bed sheets.
- See some fireworks.
- See a local baseball game.
- Play mini-golf.
- Learn how to hula-hoop.
- Create a sidewalk mural with chalk, use a tropical theme.
- Organize your summer sandals and flip-flops.
- Visit a college.
- Plan and enjoy a luau.
these are just some things to get you started. Everyone is different so all of these things wont be interesting but I am sure they will be able to find something off of list that they would like to try. Lets have some Summer Fun