The days are long but the months are short, and summer will be over before you know it.
Between the planned family vacations and the scheduled summer camps, there will be days and nights to spend quality time with your children. Embrace the new, and slow down time, with these recommendations for summer activities. You can do them with your children, too!
Learn an Instrument
Choose an instrument that neither of you have played before, and jump right in! Start with something easy like the ukulele, or a simple drum. Look online for a local drum circle or meet up, where you can get some tips and join in the camaraderie with other players.
Start a Nature Journal
Pick up a blank paged journal and a set of colored pencils and head outdoors. Take the time to sit at a park and draw what you and your child observes. With birds, ladybugs, ants and squirrels, the outdoors is teeming with subjects to draw. Pack a picnic while you’re at it and make a day of it.
This is a great way to unplug from technology and get your children into nature. It’s also good for the brain to look at an object and make that connection on paper. By summer’s end, we imagine you’ll have beautiful journals to reflect on. Be sure and add the date to each journal entry and pay attention to the progression of your skill!
Set up at tent in your backyard and have a campout! Plan a scavenger hunt in the backyard after the tent is pitched and the sleeping bags are rolled out.
If you have a fire pit, light it up after dark and make it all the more authentic by cooking dinner on the flames. Hot dogs are an easy choice. You can even add in some s’mores for dessert. Make this a time to share old family stories with your children in the darkness of the tent over the light of a lantern.
Have you been wanting to learn how to bake? Or maybe you already are a baker? Take the opportunity to show your kids the ropes in the kitchen, or to slowly work your way into the delicate art of baking.
It’s a great way to teach them math, and how to get their hands dirty making food they love to eat. Start with cookies, then work you way into muffins, cupcakes, bread rolls and then loaves of bread.
By the summer’s end, you could even host a bake sale and donate the money to a local charity of your child’s choosing. Or take your baked goodies to the local nursing home.
Put on a Puppet Show
Taking the challenge of using only materials that you already have at the house, set off on an adventure to make puppets. Shadow puppets or sock puppets are easy-to-make options. Then together with your kids, write a show! You can cue up the music while they perform the show. Invite the neighbors’ kids over to watch, and serve lemonade and popcorn for an after party!
Explore a New Culture
Head to a neighborhood you’ve never shopped in before and buy your groceries from an ethnic grocery store. Take your time mulling over the aisles filled with exotic and new ingredients. Take the challenge and cook an exotic meal that night!
What are your plans for the summer? We’d love to hear your ideas!