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Keep the Kids Happy and Entertained All Summer Long With These Fun Activities

Summer break should be one of the most memorable and magical times in a child's life, and should be spent with some of the most memorable people in their life too.

As the school year comes to a close, and the smell of freedom looms in the air, consider the following scenario below when the time comes to decide where the kids will be spending summer break next month.

"Two summers ago we sent our two youngest, Bobby and Sophia, to summer camp and they absolutely dreaded it. Maybe it was the food; maybe they were bored, I could never get a clear answer out of either of them. So, the following year we tried something different, we sent the kids to their grandparents, and we think it's safe to say they had a blast!"

"And while some parents might be uneasy with the thought of taking their kids out of camp to be with their grandparents, I am here to tell you it was the best idea we've ever had."

"Whenever me or my husband would pick up the kids at the end of each day, they were always beaming."

"They would say mom we had so much fun with grammy and grandpa today! We baked muffins, read books, went on a crazy bug hunt, and did so much more!"

The Moral of the Story: Send the kids to their grandparents this year with the below list of fun indoor and outdoor activities that will keep them entertained all summer long!

Outdoor Adventures

One of the best parts of summer break is being able to spend as much time as possible outside in the sunshine after being cooped up all winter. Plus, who doesn't enjoy a good outdoor adventure or outside play with your inquisitive grandkid(s)? Get ready for some good, old fashioned outdoor fun that we promise the kids will love.

  • Plant a Garden: Whether you already have an area ready for planting, or need to start from scratch, planting a garden is a great way for kids to learn different plant names and how to take care of another living thing. It also allows them to watch their hard work grow over time. Herb and flower seeds are even fairly inexpensive to buy. You can even spruce up your garden with a Swan Family Planter set for added charm and character.

  • Bike Rides: There is no thrill quite like that of riding a bike or scooter around the block without training wheels for the very first time. Kids love to ride bikes, especially with friends. A kid that has a bike or scooter has a hobby for not only the summer, but for life. While they zip around in style on a Kids Scooter, they can speed up, slow down, do stunts, and develop their skills more and more every day.

  • Play House: The imagination on a child is nearly triple that of an adult, which makes playing house all the more fun. This traditional form of make-believe allows children to leave reality and "pretend" they are in another world. Try playing a game of house with your grandkids and you'd be amazed at the different scenarios that they think up.

Making a Splash

Ask any child what their favorite summertime activity is and nine out of ten kids are probably going to say swimming. If you don't have access to a pool, or have limited funds, check out all these different ways you can make a splash in your own backyard.

Kids Activities
  • Water Balloon Piñata: An ideal game for children aged four and up, a water balloon piñata will keep the kids cool and laughing for as long as the water balloons hold out. To play, fill a couple of balloons with water and tie them to a sturdy tree or a clothesline and let each child take their turn at trying to break the balloon.

  • Sign Up For a Pool Membership: If you don't have a pool, don't sweat it, because community pool memberships are fairly cheap, offer shallow floating areas, and are open all season long. Pack up the kids and their pool toys and enjoy a day in the sun

  • Sprinkler: Almost any activity can be turned into a water game if you have a sprinkler. Dance parties, Simon says, bounce games, grass angels, the possibilities are endless.

  • Pond Fishing: Fishing is a rewarding sport that gets you and the kids out in the fresh air to spend quality time together. Consider purchasing a book on wildlife so you can learn about the great outdoors while you fish, or let the little one enjoy a quality fishing game to recreate the feeling of being outdoors.
Arts & Crafts

It's always good to have some staple arts and crafts ideas up your sleeve for when the weather just isn't cooperating. And while not all children are into art projects, you can make it fun and exciting for them by joining in. Here are some easy and affordable craft ideas to get you started.

Make sure your prodigy has everything they need to read, write, and complete homework. These items include sofas and stands for their tablets, lap desks, some extra laptop lighting, accessible outlets or charging stations, and additional power strips with USB capabilities. With all of these products, they can get all their work done right from their bed or desk.

  • Father's Day Gifts: Forget buying something from the store this year and create a one-of-a-kind Father's Day gift made straight from the heart. For all the coffee-loving dads out there, consider making him his very own "World's Best Dad" mug to remind him every day how much he is loved.

  • A Little Red, White, and Blue: Any art project can be turned into a patriotic one when you mix in a little red, white, and blue. Get started celebrating the birth of America with firework finger paintings, 4th of July flower decorations, and super cool tie dye t-shirts. And when it's finally Independence day, make sure you wave that American flag and wear all of your red, white, and blue gear.

  • Doodle Art: The only art supplies needed for doodle art is a booklet of construction paper, a black marker, and your choice of paint, crayons, or markers. After the loops are created, children can get to work coloring in each section. This activity can last for as long as 15 minutes or three hours depending on how intricate the loop design is. For more challenging fun, the kids can try the Reflect-A-Sketch to foster creative talent as well as to develop hand/eye coordination.

When you have all of these easy, inexpensive summertime activities in your arsenal you will never have to hear the words, "I'm bored" ever again. And the best part is, this guide is not all inclusive, as there are many more ways to keep the kids occupied if they are spending the summer at grandma's house.

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