Get the Kids Outdoors

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For many mothers, summer break can feel like a prolonged vacation where there's simply not enough to do to keep the children entertained. Instead of resorting to days spent indoors in front of the television, there are plenty of old fashioned activities that are both fun and affordable.

Play in the Sprinklers

Let kids cool off from the heat by running through the sprinklers in the front yard. Some of the best childhood memories include simple ways where they can be loud and run through the water. Invite the neighborhood kids over for more fun and remember the sunscreen.

Sell Lemonade

Children can learn how to manage money and make a profit while selling lemonade with their siblings or friends with a homemade lemonade stand. Use addition and multiplication to decide how much water, sugar, and lemons to purchase, while calculating how much each cup should cost. Signs on poster board can be made to wave at passing cars or pedestrians, and kids can have fun counting the change at the end of the day.

Play Red Rover

Get the neighborhood together for a round of Red Rover in the backyard for a fast-paced and entertaining activity outside. You can be the referee and even play some music, while serving healthy veggies during break time.

Visit a Farmer's Market

Let your child have fun exploring locally grown produce at a nearby farmer's market once a week. Allow them to pick out fresh strawberries or plump peaches that look appetizing, while discussing recipes that can be made from the food at home.

Go on a Bike Ride

Not only are bike rides a fun and affordable way to spend time outside in the summer, but it's also a great form of exercise for the whole family. Plan a route in the neighborhood with the children and visit a fun place that they can look forward to cycling to. Try riding to a local ice cream parlor or public library. Pack plenty of water and snacks to stay hydrated, while ensuring each rider wears a helmet.

Have a Picnic in the Park

Spending time at the park is the perfect way to enjoy the weather in the shade under the trees. Pack a picnic that the family can make together, while allowing your children to run in the grass and spend time on the playground.