Summer can be one of the times of the year that you either love or hate. However, i think the majority of moms enjoy spending this quality time with their children. But, it’s okay to admit that on some days you can be tearing your hair out. From the usual I’m bored scenarios right down to worrying that they are spending too much time on computer games, it can seem like a long slog. But relax, summer can be a lot of fun. Which is why I thought I would take some time to share with you some fabulous ways to keep your children occupied throughout the summer. Covering good and bad weather days I have it covered.
Weather not so good? Take the entertainment indoors
Waking up and looking out of the window to see rain and not great weather can dampen your spirits. Especially if you wonder how you are going to entertain your children for the day. But there are some great ways to spend time indoors.
Make a den
Making a den can be a lot of fun, and a lot of it is in the actual making part. Let your kids’ imagination run wild. Thinking of ways they can build a den and what materials they can use. A great tip is dining chairs and a fitted sheet to create a shell. But go crazy here. I know it can feel like you are creating a mess, but the chances are you will cover a good chunk of time in building a den. The kids should be occupied and quite happy to play in it after.
Download films and have a movie afternoon
Films are essentially around an hour and a half long. So watching a few of them can pass the time. Which is why it’s worth having some movie snacks in the cupboard for such an event. A movie afternoon can be a great way to relax while still enjoying each others company. Downloading films have never been easier. You just need to ensure you have a good internet access and an account with someone like iTunes or Android. If you are conscious about your internet, then take a look at http://internet.realitytvcalendar.com/att-uverse-internet-plans.html. They may be able to help you out.
Encourage crafts and painting
Even the least craftiest of moms can get in on the act, thanks to Pinterest. Painting and crafting can pass a lot of time. Many children love doing things like this, and it also encourages concentration.
Get baking in the kitchen
Finally, why not consider getting in the kitchen with your children and baking. From measuring the ingredients, through to decorating the cakes. You kids can have a lot of fun. It also could be a great opportunity to teach them some valuable skills.
Is the weather fantastic? Then get outside and enjoy
Isn’t it wonderful when you open the window, and the sun is shining? You know it is going to be a good day. But even then you can worry about your children getting bored. But relax, here are some great little ideas to keep you inspired.
Create new bug homes and hotels
What is it with children, dirt and bugs? They just love checking out all the creepy crawlies. Which is why it can be a good idea to encourage the love of nature and create some homes for bugs. You could go as far as creating a bug hotel. There are lots of tutorials online like http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/thingstodo/inaweekend/bug-mansion.aspx. It may have them entertained throughout the whole summer.
Head to the local park
There is nothing quite like packing up a picnic and heading out to the local park. Even taking things like roller skates and scooters for extra amusement. Many parks have play areas that kids love, and opportunities for recreational activities like kicking a ball around. Take advantage of what your local area has or go and search out a new one.
Pull out the paddling pool
Who doesn’t love a bit of paddling pool action on a hot day? It can be quite refreshing but also essentially keeps your children cool. Kids love playing in the water, so take advantage of that.
Encourage a water fight
An organized water fight can be a lot of fun. You could simply use balloons filled with water, or head to a store to buy some specific water guns. They don’t have to be flashy, but they can entertain your children for hours.
Playing sports is one of the best ways to pass the time on a summer’s day. Whether It’s kicking a ball about, playing racquetball or heading out for a run. Sports are a great way to keep children entertained while maintaining a level of physical activity. Which is vital for a child.
Head out for a bike ride
A bike ride can be a lot of fun, especially if you make it a family event. Either head into your local area or pack up the bikes and hunt out somewhere new. It’s a lot of fun, and a great recreational activity everyone can enjoy.
Got a little extra cash? Then try these sure fire days out
Summer can get expensive having days out each day, but if you want to treat the kids then here are some great suggestions.
Head to the cinema
Heading to the local cinema can feel like a big treat. Especially when there has been a new release everyone wants to see. Sweets, popcorn, and a good movie can pass a couple of hours, and your kids will love it.
Check out the local farm or zoo
Most children love being around animals. Which is why heading to a local farm or zoo can be a great way to spend a day. Not only do they get to learn about animals but they also get to see them. It can be a great experience.
Head to a theme park
Finally, why not consider spending the day at a theme park. They can vary so much to cover all age groups these days so you don’t have to worry too much about leaving children out. It could be a day that your children will remember all summer.
I hope this helps you with occupying your children this summer. Have a great one.