Summer is officially upon us, which means the kids are out of school and vying for fun ways to spend their time outside of the classroom. And while it’s always nice to have additional time to spend with our little ones, we’re also faced with the challenge of filling that time with activities that are as stimulating as they are enjoyable.
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of creative ways to keep your kids happy and engaged, especially in the warm months of summer. Check out a few of our favorite family-friendly activities below.
Make a fairy garden
Fairy gardens are incredibly popular with adults and kids alike. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re essentially just miniature gardens — usually found in a large pot or small corner of the yard. All you need to get started are a handful of pretty stones, a couple of small plants, a few dollhouse miniatures or action figures, and any other item that piques interest and curiosity. Bonus points if you add magical fairy dust (AKA glitter) to the final product.
Have fun with chalk
If you’re looking to fill the hours of a warm and sunny afternoon, there might be no better (and easier) way to do it than with a bucket of chalk. You can create a hopscotch board, play tic tac toe, or simply dump out a bunch of colors and see what creative magic evolves. You just might be surprised by how much your inner-child enjoys getting in on the action as well.
Tie-dye on a rainy day
There’s no reason that a rainy summer day can’t be as delightful as any other — all it takes is finding the right activity, and tie-dye is a great option! Pick up a pack of cotton shirts, underwear, pillowcases — or anything else you think might benefit from a colorful rainbow treatment — and watch your kids’ faces light up as they create irreplaceable on-of-a kind designs (that only a mom can love).
Backyard water park
Rather than head out to a local water park, why not build one in your own backyard? It’s actually a lot easier than you might think. All you need are a sprinkler or two, a hose, a pack of water balloons, and a Slip N Slide or “baby pool” (if and only if you have a safe space). Not only is it an active way to spend the day, but it’s an opportunity for you and your children to imagine and architect fun experience. It’s also teaches kids how to be resourceful.
Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures, is another great indoor activity for those days when Mother Nature needs a break. Plus, there’s little potential for mess and it’s easy to clean up. Pick up a pack of origami paper and a tutorial book at your local craft store, or cut your own paper into squares and work from one of the many free online DIY websites. Either way, you can bet it will be a day well spent.
While family-friendly play time is always fun and ever important, it can be tiring on mom. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself, too! Come to Total Woman and treat yourself to a spa day or your favorite workout class, and let our Kids’ Club keep your little ones engaged for a while.