Is the lockdown sucking the life out of you? I don’t know about you, but I find sitting in the car just a bit longer on my way home from my grocery pick up to have some quiet time!
There is a lot to be thankful for all in all. Our family enjoys spending the afternoons on bike rides, doing projects, painting on canvas, sewing, cooking, investigating new bugs, digging in the dirt for worms, and more. Boredom is impossible with kiddos! I have four children from 2nd grade to a senior in high school. I’m thankful for my three oldest being able to school themselves through their Chromebooks, but I don’t remember signing my eight years old up to be a rocket scientist.
Summer fun is around the corner and will not include Glamping, the pool, or anything outside of my property this year. Now what? What is a family to do this summer?
31 Summer Fun Ideas:
- Have an indoor (outdoor if you are brave) campout
- Build an inside or outside fort
- Learn Morse Code or Sign Language
- Buy a badminton net and play a tournament with the kiddos
- Learn an Instrument
- Plan a Virtual Family Vacation via Air B and B’s are offering virtual experiences for $2-5
- experiences for $2-5
- Teach the kids how to play BlackJack or Poker (don’t tell them it’s Math)!
- Learn some yo-yo tricks
- Teach the kids, how to play solitaire
- Widdle wood
- Hammer nails into a board, take them out (String art anyone)? Create the word “POW,” and it’s incredible! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/32369691048259965/Have a Campfire (if your town allows it). Don’t forget smores!
- Arrange photographs and label who is in them
- After each child clears out five items from their closet, Pinterest what you can upcycle with that item. Break out the needles and thread to make something new!
- Plan a day in wherever country you want to visit. Make native food and plan activities according to customs.
- Make a family recipe book
- Make granola or a few freezer recipes (make kiddos in charge of choosing and helping)
- Make homemade instruments
- Make a “God’s eye” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkN8WL7AxAU
- Make small cross-stitch pictures and send them to nursing homes with notes of encouragement
- Make Playdough (even the teens like this one)
- Make a family time capsule
- Paint Kindness rocks https://www.thekindnessrocksproject.com/
- Make paper beads https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Paper-Beads
- Museum visits from your couch https://www.southernliving.com/syndication/museums-with-virtual-tours
- Sign up for a Master’s class here! https://www.masterclass.com/
- Watch live animals here: https://www.explore.org
- Teach your teen how to write a check and 99 other life skills here: https://grownandflown.com/soft-skills-for-teens/
- Castle tours anyone? https://www.southernliving.com/syndication/google-arts-culture-app-europe-castles
- Reading Series, your kiddo may love: https://www.southernliving.com/culture/best-big-kids-book-series and five ways to read for free here: https://www.southernliving.com/culture/read-books-online-free
- Make Amazing DIY Halloween costumes for next year.
When in doubt, have the bigger kiddos check out Pinterest. There are a billion DIY ideas for everything you dream of!
You are stronger than you think! Hugs to all!
Ann Marie Guenther
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