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Summer is the perfect time for families to try new kid-friendly outdoor activities. You can have fun + help develop your child’s mind, too. If you’re looking for creative activities that make the most of the warm weather, check out these 3 inspiring ideas.
#1 Dig for “Fossils”
Digging for “fossils” is the perfect activity for sunny days. Although it takes a bit of preparation on your part, your kids will long remember the fun they had with this activity.
Collect some plastic dinosaur toys + place them in shoe boxes filled with sand. Then, bury the shoe boxes in a sandbox or plastic swimming pool filled with sand. When the kids dig the “fossils” up, you can use it as an educational opportunity to teach them about different kinds of dinosaurs.
Alternatively, you could fill the boxes with other animal toys or treasures to delight your kids.
#2 Driveway Drive-In Movie
Watching a driveway drive-in movie is a memorable treat on a summer evening. Consider inviting other children in your neighborhood to attend + you may even want to build “cars” out of cardboard boxes for the children to use as movie seats.
In order to make sure things go smoothly, research what equipment you need ahead of time so that you can have everything ready. In particular, research the equipment you need to project the movie properly so that it can be seen easily.
You might need a screen + a special projector that could be purchased or rented from home-supply or electronics stores. To make the night truly festive, serve classic cinema treats, like pizza, popcorn, slushies or candy + include some healthy options, too.
#3 Scavenger Hunt
A summer scavenger hunt helps you + the kids get in more outdoor time in the backyard + it’s the type of activity that you can make as easy or as complex as you want. You can also adapt it to the amount of time you have available. Scavenger hunts have at least two teams; consider pairing up a parent with a child if you have young kids.
A scavenger hunt for children usually has a time limit of 15 or 20 minutes + teams are given a list of 10 to 15 items to find or things to do. To keep things simple, create the list from things that you already have in your backyard. For example, the team may need to find a smooth leaf or a pink flower. The team that finds the most items is declared the winner + awarded a small prize.
These easy activities can help you + your family have fun in your backyard this summer. Best of all, these ideas are mostly free + easy to set up. Have a wonderful summer!
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