Outdoor Activities to Beat the Summer Heat!

Summer is officially upon us and our kids have been spending time at home while school is out. It may be hard to occupy your child when COVID-19 has caused many local businesses to temporarily close. In addition, it may be challenging to squeeze in any outdoor or exercise activities into your child’s daily routine when they spend all day long in their room playing video games. However, here are some simple and fun ways to get your child involved in an outdoor summer activity that they will enjoy and want to participate in!

  • Sponge water bombs are great to keep your child cool this summer. All you need is 3 sponges for each water bomb you make. First, cut the sponges into thirds and then stack the nine pieces. Lastly, tie a rubber band or hair tie around the center of the stack. Fluff out the sponge pieces and you are done!

  • A great way to make fun in the convenience of your home is with fly swatter bubbles. All you have to do is dip the fly swatter in bubble solution and either blow on the other side of the fly swatter or rapidly move the fly swatter around. This activity can entertain any young child for hours!

  • If your child loves to have fun with play-doh or slime, the colorful soap foam activity is perfect for your child this summer! To make the soap foam, simply put 1/4 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and food coloring into a blender. Blend until foamy (just around 20 seconds). Then dump into a bin and let the kids play in the foam!

  • A great way to involve the arts into your child’s outdoor activities this summer's with the sunscreen pictures! All you have to do is put sunscreen in a bowl and let your child make art on black paper. Then lay the pictures in the sun and watch how the picture changes!

These ideas are simple, engaging, and designed to keep kids busy this summer! Little preparation is required, so it is easy for both you and your child to have fun and learn some new skills. During all of this uncertainty, some parents feel anxious about how they’re going to occupy their kids for the next few months, especially for those who are working from home. Parents are scrambling to find ways to keep their kids busy while they do their jobs. However, with these easy outdoor summer activities, COVID-19 can’t cancel summer fun and the lasting memories that summer brings.

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