As Alice Cooper once said, “School’s out for summer!” For your kids, that means freedom, excitement, and—well—boredom. This is especially true after a few weeks when the novelty of summer break wears off.
But you don’t have to balk when kids say they’re bored. In fact, think of it as an opportunity for some bonding time out in the warm sunshine. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are a few outdoor activities to do with the kids.
Go Camping in the Backyard
Summertime conjures up images of roughing it in nature. You may think of the woods, a cabin, and a campfire with all the s’mores you can eat. Of course, going to a campground isn’t always in the budget. And, if we’re honest, we may be just as unwilling to part from our Wi-Fi as the kids. For less than the price of renting that cabin, you can buy a portable fire pit and a tent and set them up in the backyard. You’ll then have all the fun of camping with the comforts of home nearby.
All you need is a cylindrical oatmeal box, some aluminum foil, and a particularly hot day.
Sun Cooking Crafts
So, you’re a little nervous about letting your six-year-old cook a hotdog over an open campfire. Here’s an alternative that will blow your kids’ minds—cooking with the sun. All you need is a cylindrical oatmeal box, some aluminum foil, and a particularly hot day. Cut the tube in half, line it with aluminum foil (shiny side up), then leave it in the sun. Once it’s hot, have kids carefully put a hot dog inside and watch it cook.
See an Outdoor Concert
When the weather gets nice, parks or town squares often bring in bands and other musicians to put on free concerts. This is a perfect opportunity to bring out a picnic blanket, pack some snacks, and enjoy some music as a family. Seeing live music will help broaden your kids’ horizons. And if their attention spans run out, they can feel free to run around the park and get their energy out.
A great way to enrich your kids’ science lessons, and teach them how to take care of a living thing, is to have them plant something in the yard. You don’t need to create a whole garden either. Even planting a single tree will force kids to think about what that tree needs, such as water, sunshine, and a good location. Then, they can enjoy watching it grow long after summertime has ended.
Summer only comes once a year, so why not make it count? Finding fun outdoor activities to do with your kids does more than keeping the doldrums away. It creates memories that will last a lifetime.