By now your children have been out of school for a month and they are probably starting to say the phrase, “I’m bored”. But before they know it school will be back, and they will wish they were on summer vacation. So, what are some fun activities you can do at home with your children to kick the boredom to the curb? These 5 activities are sure to keep kids moving and having fun all summer.
Go on a scavenger hunt through your house, yard, or neighborhood. Scavenger hunts are a great way to get kids moving and learning about their surroundings. We recommend making the scavenger hunt a little competition to encourage students to work harder! If you are looking for a free printable scavenger hunt for any environment check out this blog: https://blog.pwap.com/4-scavenger-hunts/
Make Colored Bubbles
Make bubbles and add food coloring to the mix for a fun way to see how the light changes the bubbles as they float away. Here is a simple recipe:
- Pour ½ cup of dish soap into a large cup or bucket
- Add 1 ½ cups of water to the dish soap
- Measure 2 teaspoons of sugar and add it to the water/soap mixture
- Gently stir your mixture and add in a few drops of your favorite food coloring
- Go outside and using a bubble wand* have fun blowing your colorful bubbles!
*If you don’t have a bubble wand, you can use a cup with a hole at the bottom, a plastic bottle with the bottom removed, drinking straws or use pipe cleaners to make a custom shape!
Have A Picnic
Encourage your kids to gather up things around the house that they would need on a picnic. Have them help you prep lunch or a snack, like a sandwich or some trail mix. Then allow them to set everything up in the yard. After there are done eating, they can then spend some time cloud watching and drawing what they see.
Learn A Sport
Play a sport in the backyard and invite all the neighborhood kids over. There is nothing more fun than running around in the backyard playing soccer, baseball, or golf. If you have limited equipment, take turns using what you have and make up your own games using your imagination. Watch as your kids use this to further develop their imaginations but also their communication skills as they try to explain the game to others.
A water fight can take place with a variety of different items but will provide hours of fun. Plus, it’s one of the best ways to beat the heat! You can do a water fight with a hose, sprinkler, water balloons, water guns or try playing tag. Using a wet sponge run around and encourage your children to tag their opponent by throwing the sponge!
Hopefully, one or more of these ideas will work for you and help to beat the summertime boredom that can sometimes happen. If you are looking for even more ideas or equipment to help keep your kids entertained this summer check out our Active Play Sports assortment.