I can’t believe it is already August (in a few days). Since the start of Covid-19 and quarantine, life has been moving at this weird fast but incredibly slow pace. It’s like the day kind of crawls by, but the weekdays skip from Monday to Friday to Sunday to Monday. We’ve definitely been in a weird space. With just a few more weeks of summer, I wanted to remind you of some ideas to help keep your kids entertained. These are a just a few basic activities that could be used to strengthen your family bond and possibly satisfy your whole family at once. That way, you can enjoy quality family time and create a memorable summer together before it’s back to work and school.
These fun summer activities could be really fun for both you and your kids:
1. Enjoy a family beach day (with masks and social distancing, of course). There’s really no better way to cool down on a hot summer day than with a trip to the beach. Instead of just “going to the beach,” why not make it an event? Make it memorable by attaching meaning to the fact that your whole family is there!
* Build a huge sandcastle together and take photos around it.
* Play games like volleyball, soccer, and catch together instead of just sitting around soaking up the sun. I know my family likes to camp out for the day – we bring tents, umbrellas chairs, a cooler filled with fruit, sandwiches and ice water, a good book, some music! Make it an event and spread out – creating a half circle to protect your personal space and chill for a few hours!
* Take fun photos (print them out) and create a family scrapbook. Write about how the day went from beginning to end by creating captions for each picture. Make it fun, add humor to some of the pics!
2. Pack a picnic in the park. A quiet, relaxing picnic day at the park is the perfect way to spend quality time with your kids and absorb the beauty of nature at the same time. A few hours away from television and technology is just what you need for some summertime fun with the kids!
* Play Frisbee with your kids instead of watching them throw it to each other.
* Carry your camera and take family photos.
* Take along food that you can prepare together, like tacos or PB&J sandwiches.
* Play Pictionary and watch your kids really express themselves.
3. Take a camping trip. You’ll get to enjoy the company of your children in an unfamiliar environment and will even learn a few things about them and their abilities in the process! Camping also provides the opportunity for you and your kids to enjoy many out-of-the-ordinary activities together, like:
* Putting up the tent.
* Gathering wood and building a fire.
* Roasting marshmallows.
* Telling stories while sitting around the campfire.
4. My favorite, grow a garden. It isn’t too late, some gardens bloom well into October. Completing a gardening project with your kids will definitely feel rewarding, especially if you can see the fruit of your labor for a long time to come. You and your kids can spend a few summer days planting flowers, fruits and vegetables that you’ll all remember and be proud of in the months and years to come!
* Go shopping for personalized gardening accessories like colored gloves, inscribed straw hats and patterned mud boots. If your children are small, you can even find kid-size garden tools like shovels and rakes to make it that much more fun.
* After you’ve planted a garden with your kids, place an inscribed stepping-stone or other garden ornament in the garden to commemorate the occasion.
This may be a time in our lives where we are more attentive and present now than we’ve been in a long time. With the adjustments to working from home and/or just spending more time in the house due to social distancing, we can try and make the most out of this “quiet time”. Even with so much going on around us – a health pandemic, a social justice pandemic, the stress of politics and the upcoming election, you can’t forget to enjoy the summer and make memories that all of you will go back to time and time again.