Summer is a great time for kids to run wild and have fun outside. But sometimes it can also be tough when the weather isn't cooperating or you're stuck inside with nothing to do. Luckily there are plenty of children’s activities that will keep your tiny ones entertained all summer long! In this blog post, we'll discuss 6 child-friendly activities that will keep kids occupied in the sun, rain, or snow!
1. Marble painting
Marble painting is one activity that can keep kids occupied all summer long. With just a little bit of preparation and some time outdoors, you'll be able to play this game with your child for hours! Oh, also this is one of the safest children’s activities so you needn’t worry about them getting hurt. All they’ll do is splash some paint and indulge in creativity.
What You Need:
- Marble paints (you could also purchase paint made especially for marble painters)
- Tray or another surface to paint on (this activity can also be done indoors!)
What You Do:
- Fill your tray with enough water, dish soap, and marble paints for everyone playing the game. The more colors you use, the better!
- Give each player a paintbrush and encourage them to paint in the tray
- Let their creativity flow by letting them paint whatever they want!
- For a more challenging activity, give children two colors of paints and ask them to create lines or designs with each color.
2. Interviewing grandparents
One of the benefits of living in a joint family is that your children will be surrounded by family mates. Whether they're living or not living with their grandparents, during summer, it's a great chance to let them both bond well. Grandparents have a wealth of memories from their youth. Children enjoy hearing their stories read aloud to them and this can be added to one of the summer children’s activities. Encourage your youngster to interview them with certain prepared questions. After that, you may make it into a magazine or e-magazine and distribute it to relatives and friends. To get children started on an interview with Grandparents, here are a few questions:
- What activity did you love to do when you were a child?
- How old are your children now?
- Who was your favorite teacher and why didn't he like her or him?
- What activity are you most looking forward to doing when the next summer comes?
Cooking with parents during summer can beat their boredom. Cooking can also be a good activity to do together. When we speak of children’s activities especially during summer holidays, we have to include this because even working parents will be mostly at home. You and your child can bond over this! Here are some simple ideas to kickstart the fun.
4. Watermelon Popsicles
This summer, why not try making some homemade watermelon popsicles with your children? Add ingredients like sugar, lemon juice, or honey if you want it sweeter and natural flavorings.
A delicious activity for the summer is to make lemonade. It can be done with a little help from kids, but it's important that they know not to add too much sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Do you want to give your kids a little activity without making them too tired? Make cupcakes and decorate with frosting. This activity also tastes delicious, so it can be enjoyed by all!
7. Movie night
Yes! Watching some best movies for kids will help them to pass some boredom. It's easy to find a movie your children will enjoy. Family movie nights provide focused time and a chance for all members of your family to bond. Your children will enjoy snuggling up next to you and enjoying the experience on the screen. You can also pick out any comedy shows for kids or cartoon shows! Whatever it may be, the bond is what matters. Some of the best movies for kids are:
- The Incredibles
- Toy Story
- Ella Enchanted
- The Lion King
8. Alphabets scavenger hunt
One of the coolest indoor children’s activities is hunting for things that start with alphabet letters. This activity is easy to set up. Give your child a huge box or a bag and send them on a hunt. You can also pick an outdoor spot if you believe from A-Z, they'll be able to collect products. To make it more interesting, set a time limit. When the game starts, your kids might grab an apple for A, chips for C, etc. If you know your child won't be able to find objects for certain alphabets, then prepare them and hide them somewhere for them to find. This game is super fun if played with siblings or their friends. So try inviting your child's friends or cousins to make the scavenger hunt exciting!
9. Balloon volleyball
This activity is not just for kids, it's a fun activity for both parents and kids. You can accompany your kid in playing this super cool indoor game. If you have 2+ children, then you can simply tie a rope to divide the room or set up a net if available. Then with one balloon, both the teams will play to win. You can also invite the child's friends to play in this volleyball match. Make sure you have additional balloons in case one bursts.
This volleyball match is one of the sportive children’s activities at home without being hurt by the ball or causing damage to the home.
Other children activities
Apart from the above-listed activities for kids at home or outside, here are some of the additional children’s activities for parents to incorporate.
Gardening is an activity for kids at home that can be done from a young age and will teach your child the importance of taking care of plants. They will also understand how to take care of them, but won't get bored because they are going to plant their own garden.
2. Tea party
This activity is perfect for girls. They will love the idea of having their own tea party with friends and it can be done at home or outside, although you should always provide a tablecloth to avoid stains from spills.
3. Dress up
Dressing up can be done in many different ways. You could let your child dress up as a pirate or fairytale character and they will love it. It is also easy to do this activity at home, but might not work so well outside because of the weather conditions.
The bottom line is that they are CHILDREN. You should always plan children’s activities to keep them happy and entertained. Although the list is endless and there are many ways you can do these activities apart from this list mentioned above, the best way is to spend time with your kids by doing things they enjoy together. Spending only a few minutes a day learning something new can have a significant impact on kids. So dear parents, with little or no effort, you can keep them entertained while the sun is out and the weather is hot.