The word "summer" can have two completely different meanings for adults and kids. To kids, it's that precious time that they can do what they want without the set schedules of school, without set bedtimes and without school work. To you, it can seem like an endless time of trying to keep your kids occupied without allowing them to sit in front of the television and video games all day. Let me ask this question, have you ever had your 4year old standing at the window and screaming 'Get Me Out Of This Cage'? I have, so trust me when I say, you need activities to keep them busy.
Of course, there are the usual summer activities that include spending days at the beach, taking walks and bike rides, or playing in the backyard. It may not sound too hard, but when you have a houseful of kids who are "sooooo bored" you'll want to have a bunch of fun, interesting activities handy to help you keep your sanity. Here are some hints to help you get started with your "Summer Activity Cache":
- Figure out where you are going to keep your cache: a box, bulletin board or notebook.
- Encourage your kids to add activities they want to do to the cache.
- Look through websites, books, and magazines to find ideas to add to your cache.
- Make sure you keep a bunch of supplies around to do the activities you have in your cache.
Start your "cache" with these ideas:
Spur of the Moment Games
- Look around the house to find an object that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
- Write "add-a-sentence" stories or draw "add-a-line" pictures.
- Create a treasure hunt for each other.
- Have a paper airplane contest. See who can make the biggest, smallest, and furthest flying planes.
- Go on a rock hunt. Look for different sizes, shapes, and colors.
- Play kickball but change one rule to spice it up a bit.
Create shadow art on the driveway. Have one person make neat shadows while another one traces them with chalk.
- Rely on some old favorites: double-dutch and hopscotch jump rope.
Crafts and arts
There are so many things you can do to create a fun arts and crafts area for your kids. Here are some staple supplies you should always keep on hand:
- Plenty of paper, crayons, markers and colored pencils
- A box full of collage items (stray buttons, leaves, scrap papers, glitter, popsicle sticks, stickers, and any other small items you might find around the house).
- Modeling clay.
When it comes to creating, let your kids use their imaginations.
Looking for Something a Little More "Productive"?
Here are some ways you can use it:
The product is easy to install into your computer and easy to use. It comes with a bunch of templates that allow you to simply fill in the blanks and add your own pictures. Each trading card takes about five minutes to print and create.
Take advantage of those rainy days and finally find a way to organize your mounds of pictures. One great thing you can do is use Your Trading Card Maker (www.customtradingcardmaker.com). This is a really great product that has so much versatility you and your kids won't get bored with the possibilities.
- Make trading cards to highlight your child's favorite extracurricular activity. Whether she or he likes baseball, football, soccer, forensic, debate, art club or cheerleading, a set can serve as a timeline highlighting the year's events with great photos on the front and stats or information on the back.
- Help your children create and interesting memorabilia of their classmates using all of those school photographs floating around. Put the photo on the front and your child can write information about each classmate on the back.
- Create invitations for summer gatherings and other special occasions. Or, have your child create a set of greeting cards to have on hand.
They make great stationary additions for clubs and businesses: Use them for real estate marketing, employee awards, and promotional cards. You can also create memorabilia cards for any clubs you are in such as a classic car club highlighting special cars and.
Other great uses for the product:
- Fundraisers: sell and create custom trading cards for your group's next fundraising event.
- Trophies: Instead of trophies that get dusty on the shelf, make custom trading cards to commemorate an individual, team or group accomplishment.
You can try our Book Buggee Pull Toy. Kids can have fun pulling their toys and books around.
It doesn't matter if you and your kids like arts, academics or sports and crafts. Just make sure you have a variety of activities and the right supplies. Try these and let me know if it works.