Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Summer Fun

As summer vacation nears it's end, your kids may be climbing the walls. If you are looking for activities to keep your children entertained before the new school year begins, here’s a list of ideas that will help keep your little ones busy while you count the days before they return to school:

• Start a scrapbook and/or organize the family photo album
• Create a family blog and keep it updated with your latest adventures
• Run through the sprinklers
• Create a book club for your little ones
• Make homemade play dough – visit www.marthastewart.com/article/making-play-dough-with-kids
for a recipe
• Write a handwritten letter to a relative or friend
• Organize bedrooms—clean under the beds, in the closets and organize drawers
• Have a movie day at home
• Help your kids write a story or poem
• Draw on the front walkway or driveway with sidewalk chalk
• Build a fort in the backyard
• Do brain teasers such as crossword puzzles, word searches, etc.
• Get in the kitchen and do a little cooking!
• Surprise a neighbor with a good deed
• Have a tea party
• Plant a garden
• Make homemade gift cards
• Run relay races or have a mock swim meet
• Wash the family car
• Make a collage using pictures cut from old magazines
• Plan a treasure hunt
• Have a spelling bee
• Pick flowers from your garden and create a lovely bouquet

Do you have any great ideas to share?


  1. Growing up I always looked forward to our family bike rides and roller blading adventures. During our "lunch time" my mom, sister and I would play restaurant. The three of us would take turns being the waitress / customers, we would play games where we would be blind folded and we would have to guess the objects put in the bag just by feeling them. Playing "school" is neat too. To keep our brains "fresh", my grandma would create flash cards for spelling, math etc... and set up these old school desks and chalkboards that she had bought at the flea market in her family room. We would take turns being the teacher...surprisingly enough we actually had fun "playing school". Another good, fun idea would be to take the kids to a strawberry patch where they can pick strawberries or other summer fruits. A "camp out" in the living room is a great idea too! Put blankets/sheets over your furniture to create a tent like feel tell stories or play card games, board games etc in the tents with the only light being flash lights. While I don't have children to share all these great ideas with yet, I sure had a blast reminiscing on my childhood! Thanks! :)

  2. This just might be the funnest list I've ever seen :)

  3. I would love to try out this list. They seem so simple yet I know that they will make a family really really happy. You know they say that the simple things in life are what will give you treasure-able memories. :)