15 outside activities every kid should do before summer’s over
What do you do when your kids say they’re bored?
Making summer memories with your kids can be as easy as getting them outside and doing something fun. Do you remember the things you did as a kid? Too often those things get overlooked for iPads, tablets, DVDs, music players and indoor activities. Don’t allow your children to become robots or couch potatoes this summer! Try these great ideas before summer is over.
1.) Make lawn art on a large sheet. Take your kids out t the yard, spread out a sheet, and let them paint it any way they want. If they get dirty, spray them off with a water hose!
2.) Have a “read off.” Take your kids out in the fresh air, sit them in the shade, provide them with snacks and drinks, and tell them to read at least three books while you’re outside. If they are older kids, designate a number of chapters to read.
3.) Make homemade ice cream. Many online sites have recipes to make homemade ice cream in dozens of ways. Choose one you like and get to making memories and ice cream with your kids.
4.) Play yard games. Tag, Duck, Duck, Goose, Red Rover, and more are all classics that kids can still enjoy today.
5.) Play with sidewalk chalk and let loose.
6.) Create an obstacle course and have kids complete it.
7.) Ask kids to dress up and put on a teddy bear parade. They can make clothes for their bears with construction paper and art supplies then parade them around the yard or the neighborhood.
8.) Have a feast in the backyard. It can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but make it big and elaborate- a picnic worth remembering.
9.) Have a water balloon war.
10.) Help your kids set up a lemonade stand.
11.) Create a backyard car wash and have your kids wash their toys as you wash your car.
12.) Watch an outdoor movie. Create the whole movie theater set up with chairs, popcorn, fountain drinks, and all. Do it at night for a better movie theater environment.
13.) Plant a garden. Whether it is food, flowers, or even rocks, get kids outside and in the dirt to learn about making gardens. As you make your garden, tell them about all that you’re doing and why.
14.) Create and go on a backyard scavenger hunt. For older kids, make it a neighborhood hunt.
15.) Catch fireflies. Place them in a mason jar and watch them glow, then release them back into nature.