Are you ready for the sights and sounds of summer? Hopefully one thing you won’t hear is the inevitable phrase, “I’m bored!” Compile a must-do list of outdoor activities and have it on hand to keep boredom at bay. Most of these summer recreation ideas are inexpensive and will provide your kids with lot of opportunities to exercise, in a playful, fun way. Try one activity a day until you find one that the kids love!
The Arts: Summer Recreation
Immerse the kids in the arts with these at-home activities. Take an old sheet in the backyard, spread it out and give kids chalks, finger paints and crayons. Let them enjoy the sunshine while they create something amazing! When they’ve finished, hang their creation on a clothesline for everyone to see! A clothesline art show featuring your child’s artwork collection is a great excuse to have a neighborhood block party. Pass out invitations and bring on the show! If you have a sidewalk, that’s the perfect place to play with chalk or allow kids to make pictures with colored water.
Exciting Group Games for Summer
Grab a cloth and use contractor tape to make it into a giant tic-tac-toe board. Fling colored Frisbees to play this life-size game. (You need two sets of Frisbees in two different colors.) Set up an obstacle course in the driveway and invite kids to ride their bikes or skateboards through the maze. Set up a foot race obstacle course and encourage kids to run through the course.
Get Back to Nature
Lead the kids in a nature craft. Show kids how to make homemade bird feeders and set up a bird house collection. Give kids a scavenger list of nature hunt items. For examples, they should find a pine cone, ladybug and a butterfly. They should check off the items as they find them. (No need to collect them.) Hand out flashlights to kids and let them play “Firefly.” This is a night game where kids flash their flashlights to find one another. Finish the activity with a marshmallow roast.
Summer Recreation: Water Games
For kids, summer recreation should be fun. Keep things cooled down with water games like a sprinkler run and a water balloon bash. Fill up two tubs with water balloons and encourage a playful battle across an invisible line. You provide the props and they will bring on the fun.
Don’t spend all summer on the sidelines–get involved! When kids see you play, they will want to play too!