Summer is peeking in the corner and ready to take over any time soon. Are you ready to embrace the hot summer months? The hot weather should not keep you confined at home. Yes, it can be hot and humid but there are ways to enjoy the summer months without being cooped at home like you are on house-arrest.
Enjoy having fun with the kids with these activities right at your very own backyard. If you don’t have a backyard, fret not, your small garden or front lawn can also do the trick. What if you live in an apartment? Well, I will be posting fun activities for kids to do for that scenario too!
Have a barbecue party
Summer is fun with family and friends around. Let the kids enjoy summer too by having a barbecue party. Invite the neighbours’ kids and your kids’ classmates and friends to join in the fun. Grill some nice hotdogs, bake cupcakes and let the kids enjoy the time while the adults enjoy a sumptuous barbecue treat.
Kids these days need to know a thing or two about gardening. The best time to do this is when the sun is just rising so they get to get their doses of Vitamin D and not getting the harmful rays at the same time. The kids will learn to value the importance of planting, nurturing and taking care of their “plant” wards. Let them help dig soil and assign them to water the plants on a regular basis while keeping track of their growth.
Have a splash party
If you own a pool then this is a nice way to enjoy summer by hosting a splash or pool party for your kids, cousins, young relatives and even the neighbours’ kids with their parents’ consent of course. Make sure an adult who knows how to swim is on the look out while the kids are having splishy splashy fun!
Let the kids know the basic of swimming and also tell them to bring floaters and their tubes for safety too.
It’s lemonade season! Teach your kids to make lemonades and not just any lemonade but various flavours at that too. They can sell the lemonades or offer to family and friends.
Learn how to paint
Your backyard is teeming with beautiful subjects and don’t let summer pass without teaching your kids to enjoy the basics of painting. They can use a paper or a canvas and let them draw and be inspired. They can use various mediums if they want but for starters, a watercolour or coloured pens will do. You’ll never know, this summer, you may just discover your little one has an inner Picasso!
Camp in your backyard
Summer beacons clear skies and it is fun to enjoy that by doing a backyard camping. Just make sure the kids have slathered bug-repellant lotions, have adequate ventilation in their tents and enough food and lantern to illuminate their campsite. You can always monitor their activities while sipping iced tea by the porch.
Have a story-telling session in front of a bon fire
A great way to enjoy summer with your kids is to gather around a bon fire, making s’mores and tell stories It will be one, fun and long summer night!
Fly a kite
With the modern age upon our kids, I bet they haven’t tried flying a kite yet. Teach them how to fly a kite and enjoy the summer breeze and sunlight too.
Throw frisbees (and let the fur babies join too!)
A good summer is never complete without enjoying the great outdoor (well, your backyard is your great outdoor!) with your furry pals too. Throw a frisbee and let Fiddo run after them. Not only does your pet get the much needed exercise to keep it up and healthy, your kids will be active too and not seated in front of the computer all they long.
Watch a movie shown on your backyard using projector or any audio/video equipment
This is one of my favourite and have done this while I was growing up. Well, we didn’t have the proper projector but we had the “toy” kind that would project blurry images but it was good enough to enjoy a funny cartoon while eating popcorn with my siblings in our yard. Just tie up both ends of a white plain blanket to a a tree branch or if you have a nice, flat white and clean wall, that will do to project your movies.
There are many ways to enjoy summer and let your kids engage in fun activities to keep them active and healthy too.