“Mom, I’m bored!
“Mom, there’s nothing to do!”
I don’t know about you, but this started about 3 days after school ended. When does school start again?
Well, to help keep your sanity and give your kids something to do we have compiled a list of things to do this summer.
- Bake cookies for ice cream sandwiches
- Volunteer at a nature center
- Make a photo journal or a family yearbook
- Have a luau in the backyard
- Visit the beach and collect shells
- Make a fort out of cardboard boxes
- Visit a farmer’s market
- Stage an A-to-Z scavenger hunt, where you have to find something that starts with every letter
- Pick fresh berries
- Have a picnic at a state park
- Make ice cream
- Go canoeing at a local lake
- Build a sandcastle
- Write and illustrate your own book and have it published into an actual hardcover book using IlluStory
- Set up an ice cream sundae buffet for dinner
- Clean up trash at a park in your neighborhood
- Have a backyard campfire and finish off with s’mores
- Make homemade pizza
- Go for a nature walk and then make a collage from objects you find along the way
- Head to a creek and look at the duck
- Set up a lemonade stand and raise some money for a good cause
- Have a water balloon toss … or fight!
- Practice your origami skills and make construction paper crafts to hang from the ceiling
- Go biking on a trail.
- Interview a grandparent or an older relative about what life was like when they were young
- Plan a picnic at a local park — or in your backyard
- Plant a garden of herbs and veggies
- Make a sidewalk chalk mural and invite the neighbor kids to join in the fun
- Go ice blocking (sledding) on grass with a towel-covered block of ice
- Have an outdoor painting party using huge canvases or cardboard
- Visit a fish hatchery
- Plant a butterfly garden with flowers
- Pretend to be pirates for a day — dress up in costumes, plan a treasure hunt and talk like a pirate
- Make an indoor “sandbox” using colored rice by mixing 4 cups of rice, 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of food coloring and and letting it dry overnight
- Turn the backyard into a carnival — set up a face painting area and games like ring toss
- Visit a museum you’ve never been to
- Make a giant hopscotch or Twister game on the lawn (with spray paint) or driveway (with chalk)
Well, we hope this list helps. Good luck!