Summertime family activities can be a great way to reconnect with your kids. The school year is so busy and you’re not left with a lot of free time to do the fun activities that can bring your family closer together. Summer can pass by before you know so get some fun stuff in while you can. Here are some ideas to help you get some real quality time in with those that mean the most to you. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
- 1. Plant Something: Planting a garden can be a fun and rewarding family activity that can last all summer. Growing tomatoes is fairly easy and can be done in a small container. With a little care they can produce for two or three months. Make it a family affair picking out and planting the plants, caring for them and harvesting. Peppers are also fun and easy to grow. Pick something that the family will actually eat and that grows well in your climate zone. If the veggies are too much work plant a special tree or shrub and watch it grow year after year.
- 2. Light a Fire: Having a small campfire in the backyard can be a lot of fun. Even if you can’t make it to the camp ground or park you can still roast hot dogs and make s ‘mores. Use an old mason jar to catch fireflies, listen to the night creatures, and tell spooky silly stories. Of course check with local fire officials to be sure you follow the safety guidelines. And always be sure to extinguish the fire completely when you’re done.
- 3. Build Something: There is no limit to the possibilities here. It can be as simple as making a pine cone bird feeder or as complex as building a luxury tree house. Of course your skill level, time and budget all have to be a consideration. There are all kinds of fun and easy woodworking projects you can take on. Some of my favorites have been building butterfly homes and bat houses.
- 4. Volunteer: What better way to teach your kids to be giving and considerate than by helping out a local charity. March of Dimes, Relay for Life, United Way and others are always looking for volunteer help in fundraising and activities. Or just venture out on your own and clean up a local creek or just pick up the neighborhood litter. Help out someone in need by doing their yard work or cooking them a special meal.
- 5. Get Out: The great outdoors is the perfect place for family fun. Public land and parks for hiking, camping, and fishing can be found in almost any area or close by. Even if it’s just a picnic by the pond it’s great to get out in wilds of nature. Dust off that fishing pole or backpack and get out there!