When summer rolls around there is nothing better to do than get the family together for great activities beneath the seasonâ€™s warm and invigorating sun. Though it can sometimes feel impossible to come up with enough ideas to keep your kids happily occupied, there are plenty of ways to keep everyone smiling and busy this summer. So here are seven great kid friendly ways to make this summer your best one yet.
1. Plan a camping trip
Everyone loves exploring the outdoors, and getting away as a family for a camping trip can be a great way to bond and an important way to teach your kids about the natural world. Be sure to prepare for you trip with essentially camping goods and camping furniture, like a tent, sleeping bags, lightweight chairs, a grill, cookware and plates, and anything else your family just canâ€™t do without. This can all be picked up cheaply from retailers like Tesco and Target
If youâ€™re worried about bringing young ones into the wilderness, then why not try a backyard camp-out instead. With the right equipment and a few activitiesâ€”like a treasure hunt, or building home-made animal traps, it will feel like youâ€™re miles from home.
Many people are aware of that type of positive health benefits that gardening has on adults, but it can also be equally beneficial for children, as well as a fantastic way to teach them important ideas about conservationism and environmental protection. Try turning your garden into an Eco-friendly environment, by starting a compost heap with your kids, who will enjoy being able to actively participate in the well being of your home and garden.
3. Summer cooking and lemonade
A lot of parents tend to think that most kids are too young to learn about cooking or that they would find it boring, but the truth is quite the opposite. By making food preparation and drink making fun your kids will fall in love with it, and theyâ€™ll be much more eager to try new things if theyâ€™ve made it themselves â€” a great way to sneak more fruit and veg into their diet. Try carving a watermelon in your backyard the same way you would a pumpkin on Halloween.
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4. Building a playground
It may sound like too much work, but a homemade playground can be something as simple as a tire and rope swing hung from a tree in your yard, or some sand dumped into the corner of the garden. Swinging and sandcastles, now thereâ€™s a great way for any kid to spend an afternoon.
5. Go for a hike
Hiking is a great way to get your kids into nature and a wonderful way for them to exercise and get away from many of todayâ€™s distractionsâ€”like television, the computer, and other technology. Even a jaunt through your local park can provide everyone with a welcome break and fresh air.
Remember, just because summer break is here, doesnâ€™t mean you need to stress about planning their time offâ€”there are plenty of fun and low preparation activities for everyone to do together.