Sunday, June 21, 2009

School’s Out for Summer!

Now that school has let out and the kids are home for a while, the big question is…how do you keep your kids healthy, happy and busy this summer?

A lot of parents cringe when the kids begin uttering the words, “I’m bored” and it’s only the first week of summer! Beat the boredom blues this summer by trying some of the following activities!

Make it a movie day!
Many movie theaters across the country have either free or dollar matinees with G and PG rated movies for kids. This is an excellent way to beat not only the boredom blues, but also beat the heat!

Attend story time at your local library.
This is a great, free activity that your kids will love! Story time at the library is another inside, cool activity that is not only fun, but also educational. After story time, stick around the library and let your kids check-out some new books.

Wet and wild backyard fun!
Turn on the sprinkler and fill-up the plastic pool! Declare one day a Wet and Wild Backyard Fun Day! Make sure there is plenty of water, slip-n-slides, water balloons and water guns, plastic pools, sprinklers and sunscreen, and it is sure to be a day to remember!

Time to make a buck….
What kid doesn’t like having a lemonade stand? This is a great way to teach your kids some entrepreneurial skills, as well as provide a guaranteed day of fun! Start by giving the kids some “seed money” to start their business, and head to the grocery store. Have them help you pick out the supplies that are the most economical (all the while teaching them a lesson on saving money), and then it’s time to set up shop! Find a table, chairs, and make a big “Lemonade for Sale” sign. Once the lemonade stand is ready, begin making the lemonade and any baked goods that are going to be sold. Don't forget to man the lemonade stand with your kids, and you’ll both be having fun by the first sale of the day!

Nature’s calling your name!
Create a nature scavenger hunt for your kids. Make a list of 20 small things that are found in nature (and also in your neighborhood.) Some examples are: acorns, green leaves, sticks, pink flower petal, clover, and dandelions.) Then it’s time to explore! Have your kids explore the yard and other natural areas looking for these hidden treasures!

School will start back before you know it, so enjoy summer while it’s here! Pure and Honest Kids hope these “boredom busters” will help you and your kids have a fun and enjoyable summer!

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