Summer will be here before you know it, which means it’s time to start thinking of activities to enjoy with your little ones. It’s a great time to be outdoors, enjoying the weather and having fun!
When your kids aren’t in Summer Camp, keep them occupied at home! So you don't have to worry about coming up with last minute ideas, we have put together a number of activities that are inexpensive, educational and fun. Read on…
Being in nature makes people feel happy and is good for the soul. Now that the weather is getting nicer, let’s get these kiddos off of the couch and out of the house! Here are a few easy ways to connect your kids with the great outdoors.
Nature Scavenger Hunt. Put together a list of items ahead of time or collect anything you see along the way! Perfect adventure for your own backyard, the local park, camping and hiking. Download your printable FREE Nature Scavenger Hunt Click Here.
Plant Seeds. This activity checks the educational box and gets your kids outside! Teach them about the different stages of plant life cycle, starting with a seed. If you don’t have a backyard, not to worry, 12-inch pots work perfectly fine.
Outdoor Movie Night. Make your very own outdoor home theatre! What you’ll need: Clothespins, King or Queen White Sheets, Projector, and Outdoor Lights. Plus, a few other items like chairs, blankets, pillows and don’t forget the popcorn! Click Here for an easy DIY set up!
Kids love playing with water! Beat the heat this summer with some of these water games that are both fun and educational, and can help improve a child’s physical and cognitive development.
Create an Ocean. All you need is a plastic bin, blue aquarium rocks, rubber or plastic sea creatures and water. This activity has the Dollar Store written all over it! Click Here for the step by steps.
Will it Sink or Float? This is a really fun science experiment! Have your kids collect items from around the house that they think might sink or float. Fill up a tub with water, write the names of each of the items and record whether it sank or floated. Click Here for a free printable recording sheet. Play the same game with Will it Dissolve!
Pool Noodle Games. Save this for a hot day! This one is super simple and your kids will love playing in the water for hours on end. All you need is a pool noodle and a hose. Click Here to get started and read on for more pool noodle ideas.
Easy Arts and Crafts for kids! Anyone can do art and what better way for your kids to relieve stress and keep their minds strong. Release their creativity with these DIY painting ideas:
Paint Rocks. Gather some smooth, flat rocks from your Scavenger Hunt. All you need is brushes and acrylic paint. So many easy, creative designs like a bumble bee, a lady bug or even baby shark! Get inspired with these awesome rock painting ideas, Click Here
Painted Pasta Necklace. While they are still in the painting mood, why not try their hand in watercolors? Pasta jewelry is as much fun to make as it is to wear! Check Out some of these ideas.
Squirt Gun Painting. Take their painting up a notch (and outside) with this fun idea… Load a few squirt guns, spray bottles work too, with different colored watercolor paints and set up sheets of construction paper. This art project could get messy! Click Here for More Information
Sometimes we forget how simple it can be to come up with easy activities for our kids. Chasing bubbles, playing catch, dancing to music, riding a scooter, flying a kite, painting with chalk… We could go on and on!
Children need time to play and enjoy themselves both inside and outside but you can still sneak in some learning time while they are playing to keep their minds sharp. Hopefully these ideas have inspired you and have helped get your summer plans into motion.
Comment below to share some of your own ideas with the Boulevard School Community! We would love to hear from you.
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