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9 great things to do in the summer

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Summer is just around the corner and we must want to make the most out of it. The only way we can enjoy the summer is by laughing with our loved ones and spending time with them doing fun activities. This list covers all the things you can do to enjoy summer the most.

Fun activities you can do at your home with your child during summer

1. Marble Painting

marble painting is one of the best things to do for kids in summer

This one’s for young kids – preschoolers to 8-year-olds. Get some tempera paint, poster paint or activity paint in at least 6-7 shades; a small pack of marbles; a metal box/canister or, if that is not available, a shoe box; thick sheets of poster paper cut to fit at the bottom of the box. Now get the kids to coat the marbles in different colours and drop them in the box. They can use as few marbles as they want or as many, depending on the number of colours they want in their painting. Now close the lid and shake the box a few times. Open it and voila, the painting is ready! Now wash the marbles and try with different colours. Older kids could experiment with rolling the marbles carefully around in an open box or tray instead of closing the lid and shaking the box.

2. The Leaf Hunt

the leaf hunt is one the best activities to do in summer

This can be done by kids from ages 5-12.Pick an outdoor green area like a park or a garden where you are comfortable sending the kids on their own. Now, leave the kids indoors while you secretly go and pick leaves from different trees/plants/bushes – one leaf for each child. Hand the kids a container with these leaves and let them loose in the green area. The idea is for them to match the leaves they are carrying with those growing on the plants/trees. You can then tell them the name of the plant or tree as well and as much more information as you think can absorb.

3. Family Tree

This is a great activity for teenagers. They can make this on chart paper or on their computers using a template. They can go back as many generations as they want depending on how complex they want the family tree to be. It’s interesting to learn the names and ages and relationships in one’s family – going back to great grandparents, granduncles and aunts. Rummage through old pictures and add those too if possible.

Basically, a family tree is the most common form of visually documenting one’s ancestry. Most family trees include a box for each individual and each box is connected to the others to indicate relationships. In addition to an individual’s name, each box may include dates, birthplace, and other information, depending on the desired complexity of the family tree diagram. You can find many resources online to create a family tree.

4. Travel Alphabet

 travel alphabet is one the besta activities for kids in summer

Play this game when travelling by car in summer, especially long trips, with children of all ages. Run through the alphabet from A to Z by asking them to spot the letters, in sequence, on the number plates of other cars travelling on the road.  When they’re done with the alphabet, you can switch to numbers. Next, try spotting objects or cars or buildings in different colours.

5. Indoor Bowling Track

You can make a very addictive indoor bowling game using a wooden board or flattened cardboard box laid out on a flat surface during summer. Use pencil erasers or fat crayon stubs for bowling pins. And marbles or a ping pong ball as the bowling ball. Keep score and have fun!

6. Magazine Scavenger Hunt

One of the best activities in summer for kids. Have an urgent presentation in summer to prepare but the brat is pestering you to play? Keep a bunch of old magazines handy and make a long checklist of the kind of pictures they can find in there. The checklist could include things like: picture of a red car, someone wearing glasses, someone with a moustache, someone wearing a purple tie, etc. Ask your child to tear out these pics and give them to you after you’re done working. Have a small reward handy for finding all the pics.

7. Room Cleaning Race

Get yourself a timer, sit back and let the kids do all the work. Can they put all the cushions back on the couch in 30 seconds? Can all the blue toys on the floor be found in one minute? Can all the shoes lying around the house make it back to the shoe rack in 2 minutes? Can all the clothes on the bed be folded in 10 minutes? The sound of the timer going off will galvanize your kids into action. Remember to have a reward ready for all the hard labour.

8. Hold a Car Wash

Park your car in the driveway and let the kids give it a good scrub with a bucket of water and sponges. If you don’t mind getting wet yourself, get a garden hose and join in the fun. A great way to cool off on a hot summer day. 

9. Get Cooking

helping kids in cooking is one of the best things to do in summer at home

You don’t need to pull out your recipe books or get into dicing onions to cook a meal with kids. Cooking offers a range of choices – from baking with older kids (a muffin pan, eggs, flour, sugar and a couple of basic recipes you find online to get them started) to teaching the young ones how to butter a slice of bread, roll out chapatis, cut a soft fruit like a banana with a non-sharp knife, whip up some dahi to make raita. Expect a mess at the end of the exercise though!

Takeaway

activities for kids in summer at home for kids

With such stunning summer activities for kids, your little one is bound to have a ball of a time. Whatever your choice of action, make sure you spend as much time with them as possible, as summers will pass by, but these memories you make will be cherished forever. For any activities, always make sure you or a trainer are around your kids, so they do nothing wrong or hurt themselves. It is fun-time and not pain-time. Give them options for activities and ask them to choose the action they would find more interesting. Let your kids have the most memorable summer.

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