While it might seem that the days of long sunshine and hazy warmth might last forever, more often than not it appears like summers gone before you realize it, and the kids are grumbling about having to go back to school again.
In order to make sure that your young ones get the most out of their summer holidays, here’s our selection of great summer activities for your children. Just don’t forget the essentials of sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses
Summer Activities for Kids
Egg and Spoon race
This really is a kid classic game, and all you need are some plastic spoons and some ping pong balls. All they have to do is race to the finish line without dropping the ball, and no part of their body is allowed to touch it. You can do this in teams, as a relay race, or every man, for themselves. And you can spice things up by making them do duck walks, squats or walking backward.
This will be great fun for toddlers and younger children, and its brilliant at the park or the beach.
No matter how old your kids get, nothing is going to beat the fun of camping. Get a good tent, a portable BBQ, some sleeping bags and you’re pretty much ready to go. The hike to the campsite, setting up, exploring the surroundings, having a BBQ and watching the sun go down are things that every child should experience at least once, and summer is the best time as you can be sure that they won’t get too cold.
Just remember to check with local authorities that the place you want to camp is safe; you don’t want to wake up with a bear chewing on your head.
There’s nothing better than a good Scavenger hunt to pass away the time on a hot summers day, whether it’s in the backyard, at the park or halfway up a mountain. These take a little bit of planning, as you’ll need to give the initial clues to each team of kids and plant the other clues in different places first, but the enjoyment a group of youngsters will get out this will make it all worthwhile.
Again, just make sure that the hunt is taking place in a nice, safe and friendly place, be sure that each kid has a buddy and that they know when it comes back.
We want our kids to learn about social responsibility and to care for their community, and the long sunshine of summer is perfect for volunteer projects. These could be organized by a group of local parents themselves, or in cooperation with a local charity or community center and can range from things like cleaning up local parks, visiting retirement homes or organizing activities for younger children in the neighborhood.
While the parents will, of course, need to be involved and supervise the project, in our experience, the best projects are the ones that the kids come up with themselves.
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