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Getting Ready for Summer by Creating Cool Activity Ideas

Posted by Sara on

Summer break is going to be here before we know it. Getting a jump on fun activities for the kids now can help you keep from scrambling when summer arrives. Plus, lots of summer camps and other activities fill up fast, so kids spend more time at home! We want to make sure we’re minimizing screen time, minimize the chorus of “I’m boooored!”, and maximizing creative, dynamic learning time.

By creating activity boxes your kids can access anytime, you give them an answer to every, “Mom and dad, there’s nothing to do!” statement. Hooray!

For the boxes themselves, grab some plastic bins you have around the house, or better yet, recycle some cardboard shipping boxes. Let the kids decorate the outside of the boxes, identifying which activities the boxes contain. That’s part of the fun after all!

Many of these items can be purchased at your local dollar store, or they may be around your home!

Arts and Crafts Box -

Construction Paper - variety of colors
Glue
Googly eyes
Popsicle sticks
Sequins
Pom Poms
Natural glitter
Markers
Crayons
Sketch books
Pencils
Sharpener

Outdoor Games -

Fun sized football
Small soccer ball
Baseball and bat
Flags for flag football
Sidewalk chalk
Stopwatch
Jump ropes
Hula hoops

Painting -

Watercolor paints
Watercolor paper
Paint brushes
Poster paints
Large pad of paper
Small cups for water (for cleaning brushes)
Sponges
Stamps

Baking -

Keep this one out of reach of mice and other critters!
Dark chocolate chips
Flour
Baking powder
Vanilla
Salt
Oats
Raisins

Reading -

Harry Potter books
Magic Treehouse books
National Geographic Kids magazine
Highlights magazine
Journals for kids to write in
Word puzzle books

Cycling -

Helmets
Knee pads
Elbow pads
Cycling jerseys
Cycling shorts
Cycling gloves
Waterproof jackets for rainy days

STEM activities -

Bubbles and bubble wands
Goggles
Kaleidoscope
Rubber bands
Legos
Empty paper towel rolls
Tape
Glue
Scissors
Popsicle sticks
Pool noodle, cut into 1 inch round circles (like wheels)
Metal straws
Baking soda
Vinegar
Dishwashing liquid