At this time of year, there is a lot of Back to School talk. Who’s your teacher? Where did you get your supplies this year? What will you wear on the first day of school? These are all common questions right about now but don’t worry, there is plenty of summer left! We’ve rounded up some engaging activities to do with your kids as you enjoy the rest of summer.
Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
This is a new take on the traditional ring toss. It’s of course best to play at night. You’ll need some stakes and glow sticks that can bend and snap into ring shape. To make the stakes noticeable in the dark, you can place glow sticks on them or some like to place glow sticks in a clear bottle to use as the stake. Now the game is as usual – toss the rings onto the stakes!
Squirt Gun Painting
Such a fun idea! Set up an easel with a thicker paper like card stock or even an inexpensive canvas. Then fill some squirt guns (or spray bottles) with one part water and one part paint. Using a funnel may help keep this a clean transfer. Washable paint would be the way to go in case the painting veers off the paper. Then let your kids have at it! They can attempt to make a recognizable picture or just fire away. Whichever they choose it’s sure to entertain them and produce some unique work.
Stained Glass Sidewalk Chalk
Hand over strips of painters tape and let your child make the outline for their creation. Then they can color in the shapes with chalk before removing the tape. Sometimes it’s fun to leave a shape or two empty for neighborhood kids to fill in as they pass by. Dry chalk is usually the standard but spray chalk, wet chalk, chalk paint and even glitter sidewalk chalk will work! What kind of fun designs can your child come up with?
Water Balloon Piñatas
Who doesn’t love trying to crack open a piñata? Now, it’s hard to beat a shower of candy but on a hot summer day, water might be even better! This is pretty simple and straightforward, make some water balloons and string them up. Then grab a blindfold and a bat and let your child swing away for a refreshing and entertaining activity!
Rainy Day Fun
Being stuck inside on a rainy day doesn’t have to be a bore! Try out these classic ideas with your kids:
- Have a dance party
- Create a scavenger hunt or obstacle course
- Play a game like Hot Lava, Hide and Seek or Follow the Leader
- Race paper airplanes, make a fort, play balloon tap to see how long you can keep it in the air
- Try out Charades or Simon Says
There are so many activities you can try to really finish out the summer with a bang. So take advantage of the days and see how many you can incorporate. Which activities do your kids like best? Let us know in the comments!
Wishing you well,