School’s Out – Activities for Young Kids at Home

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With school out and the kids home for the summer, many parents are looking for fun activities to keep their children entertained. Of course, sneaking in a little education certainly never hurts, especially when the kids are having a great time in the process. However, finding things to do that don't cost a lot of money is often very challenging. Fortunately, when it comes to keeping the children entertained, a little creativity can go a long way.

For example, an excellent project for the entire family is to put together a nature journal. Many parents are very surprised to discover how enjoyable this activity can be, not only for young children, but also for their older siblings and even for them as parents. A family walk around the yard, block or neighborhood trail can be an adventure in learning. Let the children gather an assortment of leaves, take photos of birds, bugs and just about any other aspect of nature that suits their interests. Once back at home, spending some time putting these treasures in a scrapbook provides a wonderful opportunity for the family to interact with each other and learn something new. Older children can try to identify the specific birds or trees. And if scrapbooking isn't your thing, have your children create 3D art with the pictures they took and nature objects.

Of course, there are also times when parents just want to find something that children can do at home by themselves. Fortunately, activities such as stringing beads or a homemade loom made out of cardboard and yarn can be excellent ways to challenge a child’s motor skills while engaging them in making something they can actually be proud to display. Other simple projects that kids of various ages can work on together include puzzles, a family musical or play, and even an exciting cook-off. Adjusting the activities to the ages of the children is important, but even the youngest can participate, especially if teamed up with an older sibling.

While many parents enjoy watching their children having fun creating precious works of art, it is also important that your children keep physically active throughout the summer. A fun way to get everyone moving and having a great time is to host your own family fitness challenge. Whether you create an obstacle course in the backyard, wear pedometers to track your steps or even host your own Olympic games complete with jump rope contests or basketball shots, finding events that will keep every member of the family challenged and having fun will definitely not be difficult.

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