Take the Boredom Out Of Summer With These Creative Activities For Kids

Posted by on Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 11:05pm.

This summer you probably have a lot of goals that you want to accomplish including spending some quality time with your family. In order to keep your children amused and to give you some projects that you can do together, here are some fantastic ideas that you can use immediately. Look through the list to find the most interesting activities that both you and your children would love doing together. These ideas can also come in handy when you need some time to get things done and the kids are screaming "I'm bored!"

1. Make homemade play dough

It’s fun to make and only takes a few minutes to prepare. Your children can help you with the stirring as long as you are monitoring them.  For this recipe you'll need 4 teaspoons of oil, 2 cups of water, food coloring, 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of flour and a tablespoon of cream of tartar. Mix together the liquid ingredients and then add the dry ones. Stir constantly on medium heat until the mixture is no longer sticky. Cool on a plate and then store in the fridge until you're ready to dip your hands deep into the dough for great fun.

2. Take out some CD books from the library

Kids always love a trip to the library. It's like being in a book wonderland. Instead of leaving the library with physical books, tell your kids that you're going to be taking home some CDs instead. Listening to a book or two together with your kids is a great way to relax and enjoy some special bonding moments.

3. Put together an arts and craft box

Grab a shoe box and look around your home for materials that can be placed into the box to be used for arts and crafts. If you can't find things around your home like buttons, yarn, scissors, markers etc., head to your local dollar store and go wild. This store is a crafter's delight with an endless supply of materials.

4. Crochet a frisbee

If you know how to crochet you can make your children a special frisbee that works incredibly well. Your kids will love the effort you put into it and they will be the only one on the block that has a homemade frisbee that can outperform a cheap store-bought one.

5. Take out your collection of boardgames

When was the last time you sat down to play a board game with your children? Some of these boardgames can be fun and almost addicting. Blow the dust off one of your favorite games, cook up some popcorn and enjoy an afternoon of fun with your kids.

6. Go on a nature walk

Kids always love a nature walk. Their eyes light up with the spirit of adventure as they find new things and collect them. You can get them to build a special envelope or homemade box for collecting their treasures with the art box that you put together for them.

7. Remember pet rocks?

Have your kids make their own! Special rocks collected on the nature walk can be made into monsters, dragons, princesses or animals with a bit of paint, felt and buttons.

8. Wash your car

This can turn into a fun game and be useful at the same time. Washing the car can be an adventure in itself on a hot day when the cold water feels great against your skin and more buckets of water land on you than on the car.

7. Do something nice for a neighbor

Set a good example for your children by putting a project into place for a neighbor that may need some assistance. Perhaps there is an older person in your area that has a hard time getting out for groceries. You can visit this person with your children, get a grocery list and then shop and deliver their groceries to them. While you're at the grocery store, you can use the person’s money to purchase the things on the list and then add a few extras paying from your own pocket. Your children will love selecting a few items for this elderly neighbor and a good friendship can be sparked as an added bonus.

8. Have a picnic

Head somewhere that you've never been before around Calgary with your kids. This gives you an opportunity to explore new territory with them and gives you a chance to get back to nature and enjoy some great picnic food at the same time.

9. Put up a puzzle table

Find an old card table or something that can substitute as one and start a puzzle on it. Any time your child gets bored he can reach for the puzzle and add to it. It can also be done as a family activity with members sitting around the table and discussing whatever's on their minds. This is a relaxing and enjoyable hobby that helps to wind down the kids after an exciting day of play so that they can get to sleep easier at bedtime.

10. Have a sandwich party

When you go grocery shopping buy some exotic sandwich ingredients and host a sandwich party. Let the kids put together their own creations and then indulge. Include the option for warming up these sandwiches in the oven to let the cheese melt, which will produce a sandwich that is simply indulgent.

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