Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Activities: Keeping Kids Busy

As the school year comes to a close it is time for us Moms to think about all the fun we are going to have with our kids this summer. Whether or not a vacation is on your summer agenda there are plenty of days to plan fun things for the kids to do. Having fun with your children this summer does not have to be expensive. There are plenty of activities you can do all summer long right in your own backyard. My kids love playing in the sand and of course they want to enjoy water activities almost every day. 

The challenge is keeping it fresh and fun. I like to use sand and water tables as part of our activities. We fill them up with sand and create pathways through the sand for the water to flow through. They love finding sticks and natural fibers in the yard to figure out the best way to create a “river”. This is a great way to teach about dams and how different things can redirect water flow. It is like a science experiment without the structure of a classroom. We also use sand and water tables to create fun underwater worlds for their figurines and water toys and of course to just splash around in. If you are really adventurous you can fill the tubs with shaving cream, beans, or anything that is fun to run your fingers through for different sensory experiences. 

Another fun must have for summer is a sand box. Of course it is great to get your kids to the beach or the park but it is really nice to have access to a sand box right in your own backyard. Today there are some really enjoyable choices. There is the traditional square sandbox but there are also some that have shade built right in so you don’t have to worry about your kids getting too much sun. My favorite is the Pirate Sand Boat because my kids love pretend play and the boat adds just the right spark for their imagination. Whatever your plans this summer make sure you take the time to just hang out at home and play. It is the perfect time to rest and enjoy having your kids around for fun in the sun.