8 Must-Do Activities to Beat Summer Break Boredom
By Kate Gardner
Ah, the magic of summer break! Do you remember how excited you were as a kid when the last day of school finally rolled around? As my 8-year old recently told her little sister, you don't know why you get the summer off, you're just glad you do. At our house, we're gearing up to enjoy the heck out of the warm weather and sunshine. In honor of this glorious time -- summer break -- here is a list of the best summertime activities that can get your kids moving (and maybe even learn a little).
Of course, summer is full of outdoor fun. Kids have been cooped up in classrooms all year and they are yearning to break free.
Catching fireflies - Not every place in the United States has these amazing flying bugs, so count yourself lucky! Cue up a YouTube video on them and be amazed at how much your kids learn.
Blowing bubbles - Bubbles are beautiful, with their swirling rainbows and floating. Blowing bubbles is a great way for little kids to practice fine-motor skills (holding bubble wands). You can also get kids moving by turning it into a bubble-popping game.
Playing in a creek - Also known as creek-stomping, this is a great way for kids to get a peek at parts of nature they may not usually see. Watch for fish, frogs, snakes, and bugs! Be careful and make sure not to disturb the natural habitat too much.
Swimming - Swimming is the quintessential summertime activity. Whether it's in a pool or a lake, practice water-safety by wearing appropriate flotation devices and following water-safety rules.
Despite the fact that summer is generally awesome, not every day is a good day to play outside. Storms and sweltering hot days can force us to stay inside. Fortunately, there's a lot to do indoors as well!
Going to the movies - When the temperature is soaring, heading to a cool, dark movie theater can be just the ticket! Check your local theaters for summer specials.
Reading - Summer is a great time to read to your kids. Not only do you get to enjoy a good book together, but you help your kids build their vocabularies and a love of reading.
Building forts - Fort-building takes a lot of planning and hard work. Give your kids the building blocks and challenge them to come up with something great!
Games and puzzles - Break out the Clue board or a deck of cards and play a few rounds! A quick internet search returns dozens of math-based card games for every grade level so your kids can keep their math skills sharp.
Whatever you and your family do this summer, have a great time!
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