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Summer Activities for Kids at Home

Summer Activities for Kids at Home

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Many summer camps and summer activities have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and as a result, many kids will be home all summer. Here are some of the best ways to keep your kids entertained while at home.

Draw with sidewalk chalk

Sidewalk chalk

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The cement is their canvas. Whether you have a long driveway or just a small portion of the sidewalk, chalk art is a great option for kids to express and enjoy themselves. Art is a great skill to work on while at home.

Make ice cream

Make ice cream

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What kid doesn’t like ice cream? Whether you are making ice cream or other frozen snacks, it is something that your kids will enjoy and can cool them down during the hot summer weather.

Learn to ride a bike

Learn to ride a bike

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If your child has not learned how to ride a bike yet, now is the time. If you do not have a bike for your child, here are some of the best bike brands to consider

Go rollerblading

Rollerblading

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Riding a bike is not the only way to get around. If the kids already know how to ride a bike, they might enjoy the retro activity of rollerblading. Rollerblades make for a fun activity, and they’re also a trending retail category

Attend virtual summer camp

Virtual summer camp

 

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Summer camps across the country have been canceled and if you have kids that are worried they will not be going to camp, have no fear. Thanks to the internet and multiple organizations, there are many virtual summer camps available this year for your kids to join remotely and enjoy from home.

Learn how to birdwatch

Learn how to birdwatch

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This is a nice, quiet activity you can do in the yard or at a park. It takes patience, but kids can spend the afternoon waiting for common birds while also doing some internet research to learn about the birds they spot.

Go on a scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunt

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Parents are spending more time at home and they can use some of that time to go outside and prepare a backyard scavenger hunt for their children. Scavenger hunt items can include a myriad of things such as toys, candy and even common nature items like flowers or bugs.

Try gardening

Gardening

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Gardening is a great activity you can do with your kids. Whether you're starting indoors or gardening outdoors, there are plenty of easy plants you can plant and grow with your kids.

Fly a kite

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The weather is beautiful outside during the summer, so you shouldn’t worry about it ruining your kite. Just make sure you go out on a windy day. You might even find a DIY kit that you can order to make your own kites.

Try virtual field trips

Virtual field trips

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Your children can go somewhere they have never been before without leaving home. There are a plethora of virtual tours you can take of landmarks and museums from all over the world.

Blow bubbles

Bubbles

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This simple but fun activity is always a great choice. Kids can bask in the sun, trying to catch and pop bubbles in the warm weather.

Play water balloon catch

Water balloon catch

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Games with water are always a great way to keep your kids entertained and water balloon catch is no exception. Just toss around a filled water balloon in an open field and see who drops or pops one first.

Create a painting

Painting

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If you have artistic or creative kids, letting them paint is a great way for them to express themselves. Having them paint outside or on the porch will eliminate a mess inside your home. If you don’t have canvas or large sheets of paper, you can repurpose cereal boxes by cutting them out and painting on the reverse sides.

Take cooking lessons together

Cooking lessons for kids

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This is a great activity for you and your kids to do together. Whether you are a beginner or an expert chef, cooking is fun. There are plenty of online cooking classes that you and your kids can take during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Listen to audible stories

Audible stories

 

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Sometimes, reading to your kids can get repetitive after a while. Switch it up by having an audible story read to them. Audible.com is a place for spoken word entertainment, and during the coronavirus pandemic, the site is offering free streaming for kids everywhere. Your children can listen to a variety of stories in multiple languages and the stories can be listened to on your phone or laptop.

Have a picnic

Picnic

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Instead of eating indoors, enjoy the warm summer weather on a beautiful day with your family and kids. Make some of your favorite easy recipes and lounge outside while you eat.

Play in sprinklers

Play sprinklers

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Playing with water is always a winner and you don’t need to go to a pool to enjoy it. Play sprinklers will get the job done. Kids can run back and forth through the water and enjoy themselves with this fun summer activity.

Hit the walking trails

Walking trails

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If you live in an area that has a walking path nearby, get in those steps with your kids and enjoy nature with them. There are plenty of beginner trails that you can take your kids where they can enjoy nature and get in a great workout.

Try cloud watching

Cloud watching

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On a bright summer day, go to a park or your backyard, lay out a blanket and watch the clouds in the sky. Your kids’ imaginations will go flying pointing out clouds that look like familiar objects.

Go on walking tours

Walking tours

 

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If you find that you have been spending most of your time indoors, taking a walk around your neighborhood is a great and healthy choice. If you live in the city, take your kids on a walking tour of amazing architecture around the city.

Explore a virtual home safari

Virtual home safari

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Going to the zoo is a normal thing for parents to do with their kids every summer. And although many zoos are closed, there are still ways your kids can see their favorite animals up close. The Cincinnati Zoo posts home safari videos to its YouTube channel, allowing your child to virtually meet the animals and do fun activities. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo also has live webcams set up for kids to see their favorite animals. Having a virtual safari is just one of many indoor activities you can do from home.

Go on a tree and flower hunt

Tree and flower hunt

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Parents can test their kids’ botany knowledge by having them look for the many trees, flowers and plants growing in their neighborhood.

Have a backyard tea party

Backyard tea party

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Instead of keeping the tea inside, take it outside and enjoy the weather. You can make a cute setup for your kids to enjoy in your backyard. Don’t just have tea — bring out other snacks and wear something nice with your kids to make it feel formal.

Build a fort

Build a fort

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Building a fort is a great way to collaborate with your kids on a fun project. The best part? It’s just as good on a rainy day inside as outside. Just swap out that lawn furniture and old tent for the pillows and couch cushions.

Throw a dance party

Dance party

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This is a fun activity that will keep your kids active without having to force them. It is also an easy at-home workout you can do with your children right in your living room.

Organize a car parade

Organize a car parade

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This is a tactic that many recent graduates have used to celebrate their graduation but it can also be a way for your kids to see family and friends they have not gotten a chance to see for a while because of coronavirus. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or would just like to see people, this is always a fun and creative activity.

Download learning apps

Learning apps

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Although school is out and it is summertime, some parents may still want their kids engaged in learning. The living room can be their new classroom with many free learning apps for kids that will teach your kids on many school subjects and life lessons while still having fun.

Play sports

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Any sport that can be played outside should be. Whether it’s soccer, kickball or basketball, they can all be enjoyed on warm summer days and are great to stoke some competition. So pick some teams and get out there.

Catch bugs

Bug catching

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If you have kids that love bugs and nature, this is a great thing to do with them. Kids can head outside for a springtime adventure to search for amazing bugs that live right in their backyard. If they spot a bug they like, scoop it into a glass jar and when they are done observing it, they can let it back into nature.

Do arts and crafts

Arts and crafts

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If you are tired of your kids looking at a screen or being in the hot summer sun, bring them inside for some arts and crafts. There are plenty of easy-to-make recipes like make-your-own funny putty, pasta jewelry and play dough. After you are done with arts and crafts, there are other hobbies you can start with your kids.

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