Summer is a wonderful time both for family and friends. Here are some great indoor and outdoor activities for kids of all ages, maybe even a few fun loving adults! I know I’ve played lots of these games.
- Fly a Kite
- Start an herb garden
- Herbs are often one of the easiest things to grow, and they brighten up any meal. You’ll find huge basil plants at your local nursery a quarter of the price of what you see at the grocery store. Great starter herbs are basil, oregano, and marjoram. These grow readily and don’t take much work besides water. Though, do clip flower buds off your plants or your basil, especially, will go to seed. Kids can have fun smelling the different herbs, and even helping plant them in the garden. Helping create something can also encourage more adventurous eating habits.
- Go for a bike ride
- Water balloons
- Water sponge tag
Here’s a great game I just learned about this week. Take an ordinary game of tag and make it exciting! Fill a metal or plastic bowl with ice water and sponges. Give one sponge to the kid (or adults too!) who’s designated as IT. When they catch another player, they douse them with the wet sponge. The wet person is now IT and receives the sponge which they re-soak. A good variation is additional sponges. Each person who is caught receives a sponge. As the game progresses more and more people have cold sponges until everyone is IT.
- DIY paintball (flour)
Similar to tag. You can create your own “paintballs” by taking apart paper tissues until your square is only one ply. In the center of the square place a few tablespoons of flour. Tie carefully with a twist tie or string. Once you have 10 or more, you have enough to play. Throw the flour-duster at your opponent. The delicate tissue will rip open and cover them with white flour.
- Backyard camping
- Paint a pet rock
- Plan a treasure hunt
When I was about six years old we moved into a house that had an attic. I’d never had an attic before. My dad took me up and of course we found a pirate treasure map! Its directions led to the wishing well in the park and behind the wishing well was a big X. I dug in my little shovel and discovered a small metal treasure chest filled with (plastic) jewels, beads, and “gold coins.” It was awesome and I’ll never forget it. I’m sure my parents had as much fun watching me as I had finding it.
- Make homemade ice cream
- Finger painting
Make a mess! The best thing about being a kid is getting dirty. Lots of finger paints these days are completely washable and don’t stain. Get a big roll of paper (blank newsprint is great) and go to town with bright green, red, purple and more!
More fun coming soon!