12 simple ideas for summer time
Each year as summer gets closer there is always the question that comes from my kids’ lips…
What are we going to do this summer?
I like them to have time to do nothing…opportunities when there is nothing to do and they find projects of their own accord, wandering in the woods behind our house, re-reading a book they loved while spralled across their bed.
At the same time, it’s important to me for us to have gotten a chance to have some adventures together. Most of our adventures are super simple; requiring almost no cost to enjoy.
Here are some of my favorite adventures:
1. Build a huge fort. I’m talking the size of an entire room. Use rope and blankets and furniture and umbrella stands and sheets to create a dream fort the size of an elephant.
2. Purchase one of those blow-up pools from Walmart. Twenty bucks make cool fun all summer long. Anytime a person is bored they can go jump in the pool for a couple of hours. It’s amazing how long it can keep everyone happy and enjoying the 90+ degrees outside.
3. Plant a garden. I have to say, we’ve planted gardens but I’ve determined since moving here to SC that I must have a black thumb…or maybe I just need to go to the local extension and find out what I’m doing wrong and how to keep the squirrels, deer, slugs, bug, mites, and everything else from feeding on our plants.
Maybe this year I should make one of my kids wholly in charge of learning about and caring for our garden. I would love to see them succeed where I’ve given up!
4. Go hiking. We always make hiking an early morning event. Bring along the water and some snacks to keep everyone hydrated and happy. Don’t forget bandaids for the inevitable scraped knees.
5. Morning Adventures. These are my absolute favorite part of the summer. I love getting up early and waking everyone else up for an adventure before the day gets swelteringly hot and humid. Bring a blanket and breakfast to a location you’d like to explore. Learn how to create your morning adventure here.
6. Bathe your dog. Kids LOVE the chance to bathe the dog. If you have a dog and you’ve been doing this activity on your own…it’s time to get your kids involved. Make sure to have all supplies at the ready including shampoo, brushes, towels, the tub filled with water, kids in clothes that are ready to get wet, etc.
7. Go night swimming. Taking a dip during the day is refreshing but there is something extra magical about swimming under the light of the moon and fireflies with the light beneath the pool water shining.
8. Transform your backyard. Add twinkle lights and blankets and pillows to your backyard for a magical evening of reading a book aloud or projecting a movie onto the side of your house.
9. Take a trip to the library. Many local schools keep their libraries open during the summer to encourage students to continue reading over the holiday months. Take advantage and find out what schools in your area make their stacks available.
10. Go on a bike ride. Getting outside where we live is best done early in the morning or later evening. My favorite time to go for a walk or bike ride is just as the sun is going down so that the end of our walk happens as lights in the neighborhood begin to flicker on.
11. Start a reading routine. One of our family’s favorite routines is bedtime reading. My kids are now teens and pre-teen. Each night is still a wonderful time to let the magic of reading a book together come alive. Choose a great series and read each night. Since it’s summer time you’ll get to read longer and later into the evening and perhaps even finish reading an entire series together. It’s an awesome opportunity to create a very memorable summer
12. Make morning adventures special. On the occasional morning adventure I’ll make our favorite coffee cake or blueberry muffins. We always bring comfy blankets and pillows. We make it a time for reading and sharing inspiring ideas and thoughts with each other. Look for locations that you’ve never been before so that after breakfast al fresco you can go exploring. You could also do evening adventures instead and make these delicious cookies to enjoy.
We definitely have times during the summer when everyone feels a little like a caged animal but these ideas have kept those moments to a minimum.
What are some of your favorite summer activities? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.
For more summertime fun, check out this list.