Summer Activities For Kids

by beagooddad on June 5, 2008

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Camp Weary ParentAre you kids driving you crazy looking for constant engagement now that school is out? Are you having trouble finding activities to help fill your kids’ time?

You should check out the Camp Weary Parent series over at Weary Parent. They are two days into the series.

I’ve asked them to put together a nice index page of all of the days to make it easier to follow and find each days suggested activity, but you could just subscribe to the Weary Parent feed, too.

The first two Camp Weary Parent’s activities are:
Here, There & Everywhere (which we will definitely be doing someday)
Start a Journal

I would like to add two activity suggestions to the mix. One of mine and one that I read somewhere else.

I think one of the toughest school subjects to work on over the summer is science. It’s messy, sometimes dangerous, and did I say messy yet? So, why not make a volcano, right? Only don’t do it inside because it is messy. Make an outdoor backyard volcano. Invite the neighborhood kids over and you will be the coolest parent on the block. Grab a video camera and post the event on YouTube and you will be the coolest parent on the planet.

My suggestion is something so simple it really shouldn’t even need suggested but I’ll suggest it anyway. Put shoes on the kids. Put any babies in the stroller. Open the front door and just walk around the neighborhood. Everybody will get fresh air. It normally will be a nice calming experience. You can easily pass 30 minutes and when everybody returns to the house it will be like you hit a magic reset button. Plus, let’s face it. Most of us just don’t walk enough. A good 30 minute walk everyday could benefit all of us.

What magic activities do you plan on breaking out this summer to help your kids pass an afternoon or so?

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