In the summer lull between TV shows and summer movie blockbusters, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend some time in the sun and build memories with your kids that they’ll look fondly on. Instead of the normal night in on the couch, here are a few ideas that will let them see the world in a new light and think about the world in a new way.
Go Camping In Your Backyard
You don’t need to pack up the car and drive hours away from home in order to get spend a night outdoors. Setting up a tent in your backyard allows you to stay near your home while still letting your kids star gaze. As a plus, you’re only a few steps away from your kitchen in case you forget any last-minute snacks.
Make a Nature Map
We spend so much time in our homes but always walk past the trees or landmarks around them. Change it up this summer with a walk with your kids on an exploration tour. Ask your kids to bring some cardboard paper or coloring pencils and make your own map of your neighborhood. It will help their sense of direction and their curiosity. Mark large trees, statues, parks or even rivers you may see!
Write Handwritten Notes
Take a break from the sun and stay indoors to show appreciation for the people in their life by writing them a handwritten note. Whether it’s for a graduation gift, a birthday present or a dish they brought over or shared it’s always nice to practice being thankful. In an age where emails and Facebook status updates can be written in seconds, taking the time to hand write a note really shows someone cares. It’s also great opportunity to sit with your kids and share memories about the people they have in their lives.
You’re never stuck with the same summer choices if you think a little outside the box. With these quick tips we hope we’ve inspired you to try something new this summer. Share in the comments what your favorite family summer activity is!