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Summer Activities

Ten activities to do with your child this summer:

  1. Ride your bikes around your neighborhood or in a local park to increase family togetherness and to emphasize the importance of exercise.

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  1. Have a picnic. Encourage your child to help pack the basket. You can talk to him about the different types of food you are putting in the basket, where the food is from and what foods are best for his health.

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  1. Go on a leaf hunt. Your child can learn about different types of trees by their leaves, and she can observe how the trees grow. To create a lasting memory of your wonderful walk, you can collect a few leaves, place them on a sheet of paper and color them with a crayon. This will produce an imprint of the leaf to have for the future.

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  1. Volunteer in your community. Many communities have public gardens where children and parents come to plant their own flowers to contribute to the beauty of the community. If your community doesn’t have a garden, consider starting one. This will teach your child the importance of being involved and giving back.

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  1. Plan a treasure hunt. For more enjoyment, include the whole neighborhood.

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  1. Prepare new summer recipes. Encourage your child to use his skills to help with the ingredients and measurements. Soon, he’ll be cooking meals for you.

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  1. Take some of your old clothes and place them in a chest. Now, you can have a dress-up day, which is a perfect inside activity for a rainy day. Your child will love dressing up just like mom!

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  1. Create a craft table. Prepare a corner in your child’s playroom or bedroom with a table for craft activities, such as drawing, painting or building. This makes for another great indoor activity for rainy days.

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  1. Stargaze. On a warm, clear night, sit outside with your child and observe the various Talk about what you can and cannot see with the human eye. Enjoy the starry night!

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  1. Teach your child to conserve water during her daily activities. Since we enjoy pools, oceans and lakes during the summer months, this is a good time to teach your little one about the dangers of pollution and the effects it can have to our oceans and lakes.

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Break Up the Bad Weather Blues

Are you stuck inside because of the freezing temperatures or the rain? Take a step back from the TV, tablet or video game, and shake up your normal routine. When the weather prevents your children from playing outside, provide them with challenging activities and active games!

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Hold a board game competition in your living or family room. Spend the day playing different games. You can even compete for prizes.

Create an Indoor Obstacle Course.

Create a course with 10 to 15 stations of quick physical or educational activities. One station might require your child to jump on one foot 15 times; at another, your child should sing the alphabet song twice. Use a stop watch or oven clock to time each other and see who can complete the obstacle course the in fastest time or who can improve on their previous best times.

Create Your Very Own Time Capsule.

Spend the day with your child creating and filling a time capsule with items, notes, pictures and other things that are important to you and your child. Then, store it away. On a rainy or snowy day in the future, open it up and share your memories!

Don’t let the weather put a damper on your fun and learning. Make the best out of being stuck indoors with a little creativity and items you already have in your home!

Back-to-Basic Family Fun!

With the economy still struggling and gasoline prices on the rise again, many families may not want to spend what a vacation costs. The more economical stay-cation – time spent around or close to home — not only enables them to take a break, but also to enjoy the family bonding experiences that come with traditional getaways.

Goddard Schools offers some simple, fun and frugal ideas for turning a stay-cation into a great family experience:

No Cost Activities:

  • Go on nature walks, hikes and bike rides. Collect rocks to paint, look through binoculars – even two toilet paper tubes offer a new view of the world.
  • Go camping in your own backyard. Don’t forget flashlight tag and S’mores!
  • Plan and prepare yummy goodies and enjoy a picnic together in a local park.

Some Cost Activities:

  • Organize day trips to zoos and/or aquariums.
  • Be a tourist in your own backyard. Visit museums, historic sites and/or see what else your town has to offer.
  • Choose a miniature golf outing and enjoy a little healthy competition.
  • Plan a family mini-spa day. Prepare a healthy lunch from your vegetable garden.

Don’t let the rain ruin your stay-cation. Rainy days are fun too!

  • Play board games
  • Assemble jigsaw puzzles
  • Watch family movies

Here are a few things to remember for summer travel with the kids, be it a stay-cation or vacation:

  • Pack for Safety:  Drinking water, sunscreen, hat, water to wash as well as wipes for hands, sneakers or other closed-toed shoes, a change of clothes or a towel for the seat for changing baby, small first aid kit for those little scrapes and a small trash bag to keep the earth litter-free are all important
  • Expect to Get Dirty: Going outside is about the freedom to explore and the only way to explore is to touch it, and yes, it is dirty – it’s outside!  Dirty does not mean ‘germy.’  Roll in the grass, stomp in the mud, touch the frog and splash in the puddles.

Lastly, don’t forget to take pictures of your stay-cation to commemorate your experiences. Just because you haven’t traveled far for a vacation doesn’t mean these times aren’t worth capturing.

Enjoy the summer!!

For more family fun stay-cation ideas, or to suggest some feel free to email me at AskGoddardSchool@goddardsystems.com or send us your question in an @reply on Twitter. Our Twitter ID is @GoddardSchool.