We all look forward to the warmer weather at summertime. Our kids love when there is no school and they can do as they please once summertime comes around. But us as parents probably don’t look forward to the need to keep kids occupied or busy with activities or else they become bored and sometimes unbearable. Sometimes we don’t have the energy or maybe the time to get out and take them to big, thought-out activities. What we need is a few go-to activities that are low-maintenance but keep the kids occupied. 4 of those activities include; a lemonade stand, backyard camping, a picnic on the porch, running through the sprinklers.
Open up the garage door and set up a chair and table for yourself. Have the kids draw up a lemonade stand sign with drinks that are for sale and their prices. These days, people prefer things pre-made so it makes it a little easier. Buy some packs of Kool-Aid Squeeze Its that come in a 6-pack for just over $1.00 and they can be sold individually for $0.50 a piece helping the kids make a little money in the end. You could also sell some individual treats as well for $0.50 a piece. They get to have a little experience with a calculator with adding and subtracting and they feel a little bit of pride in what they are accomplishing.
Most of us don’t have the time and energy that it takes to get the kids out all set up in a camp trailer filled with food and supplies for a nice long weekend of camping. But we all know that kids need a little outdoor time and they love the time spent outdoors when they get the chance. A tent can be a less expensive way to get the kids outdoors but not having to deal with the hassle of a well-planned and thought-out camping trip. Set up a tent in the backyard and set it up with pillows and blankets and their favorite snacks for a fun night out under the stars.
Picnic on the Porch
Instead of the routine, mundane way to have lunch, set up a blanket or a picnic table on the porch and let the kids eat outside on a nice, weather permitting day. It makes for less of a mess to clean up afterward and it is a fun way for the kids to get out of a regular routine without breaking things up too much.
Running Through the Sprinklers
Let your kids put on their swimming suits for the afternoon and jump through the sprinklers. Such a fun and easy way to get them out of the house for a while and doing something fun and entertaining with less of a hassle than taking them to a swimming pool for the day.
Once we have wound our kids up with so many fun summer activities, we will need special tools when it comes time to get them back into a routine once school comes back around. A great way to get them back into a routine is a back to school survival kit.