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Fun Summer Things To Do With Your Children

2666278135_bfcaff7dffYou may just be one of those fortunate parents who are staying around the house most of the summer, trying hard to think just what to do to occupy the litle darlings. And – if kids get a little noisy or start misbehaving, it is more than likely because they are bored.

I am putting together series of fun stuff to do with your kids this summer – most of them are completely free and al you need are a few things you have around the house plus your imagination. If you don’t think you have enough of that elusive imagination stuff, leave it up to them – that is the one thing they have for sure!

Fun Summer Things To do with Your Children:

1.      Think outside the cardboard box. Your child will love making a fort, car or spaceship in your living room or backyard.

2.      Make musical instruments and have your children and their friends put on a summer concert. An empty bottle and some dried beans make a great shaker; a plastic container and spoons become a drum; and pot covers can be cymbals.

3.      Help your child make a card- from scratch – for someone he or she loves. Use materials from around your house or garden, leaves and flower petals can punch up the design.

4.      Together with your kids, go through old magazines, wrapping paper and gift bags. Cut out different pictures and make a collage on an old clay pot for the garden. If yo have more pots, make  few your kids can sell at yard sales.

5.      Organize a weekly neighbourhood talent night, where kids and their parents can show off their singing , dancing and drama talents. You can have theme nights and include story and poetry readings.

6.      Make and decorate papier-mache face masks with your kids. The can reflect your child’s personality or be completely whimsical.

7.      Set your kids up with a bucket of water and paintbrushes and have them “paint” the fence, an outside wall of your house or the garden furniture.

8.      Build and decorate a birdhouse together and learn about birds that will use it in your backyard.

9.      Set your child with some pieces of white paper and crayons and have him or her draw all the nature they see, such as birds, butterflies, gardens and trees.

10.   Encourage your child to create his or her own illustrated nature journal, keeping track of all the things they hear, see, touch and smell outside over summer months.

Hope you enjoyed these 1o tips – more to come so keep coming back to the site and feel free to send in your comments and suggestions anytime!

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About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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