Tips for Keeping Kids Busy during Summer Break

Some parents almost dread when summer break begins because their kids inevitably will come down with the “boredom blues”. Parents can save themselves and their kids from the frustration by figuring out things for the kids to do that are fun and will keep them occupied. Often when kids get bored, their ornery side comes out and they end up getting into a bit of mischief.

Children need activities that will allow them express their creativity and individual personalities. Summer time is the perfect time for them to have freedom of expression and maybe even learn a thing or two in the process. This can be accomplished in many different mediums. 

Camping

This is great outing for the whole family. You can plan a camping trip around an area that offers fishing, swimming and walking/hiking trails. The kids can collect unique rocks (can be made into a fairy garden at home) while out exploring the campsite. They can learn about the different types of plants and wildlife that are close to the campsite as well. 

A major upside to a family camping trip is the quality time spent together. Much of the year everyone in the family is running off to school, work, appointments or distracted by TVs and computers. A camping trip allows the family to get back to basics and focus on each other. You all can enjoy bird watching, roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories by firelight. 

Crafts

During the summer, there are going to be days that are just too hot or rainy to send the kids outside. These are the days that are good for crafting parties. The kids can invite friends over and have a blast creating different projects. They could even put on a craft show for the rest of the family with their completed masterpieces.

To make the crafting party possible, you need supplies. Colored construction paper, glue, washable markers, Popsicle sticks, colored pencils and glitter all examples of supplies you can get from any craft store and most discount stores. There are many items that you can get to create hours of fun for all. 

Outdoor activities

Summer would be no fun at all without getting to play outside. Come up with fun games and activities the kids can do in their own yard. Some examples include: water balloon fights, volleyball and hide and seek. There are of course many other games kids can play. A good rule of thumb is, if it has to do with water, kids will love it!

A side note about hide and seek: this can be one of those fun games the whole neighborhood can get in on. Talk with your neighbors about having a block party. The adults can get the food and drinks situated and all of the kids can play hide and seek. You will need to set clear and strict boundaries and guidelines for the hide and seek in order to ensure the safety of the kids.

Swimming

Whether you have your own pool or take the kids to a public pool, most kids enjoy splashing around in the water. The kids can play water based games and just have fun splashing each other and keeping cool. Let the kids invite friends over and make a day of water fun complete with a picnic lunch.

A hint about swimming: parents can get in on the water fun too. You do not have to sit on the sidelines and let your kids have all of the fun, join in! 

Summer time doesn’t have to mean the blues for kids on break from school. Instead of hearing about how bored they are or getting frustrated because they are glued to video games and television shows, have activities already planned. The key to making the summer a fun time is to start planing before school lets out. If this is not possible, then start planning as soon as you can.

One way to ensure the kids will have a great summer is to include them in on planning out the activities. Sit down together and make a list of things they would like to do and then add to it and surprise them with new activities. Cool water on a hot day is always a hit so swimming makes a great thing to do. Organizing a neighborhood hide and seek game is a fun way for the kids to interact with neighbors in a safe and monitored fashion. All of these and many more activities are waiting for you and your kids this summer.