In the past year, everyone has spent more time at home. Many families have struggled to maintain a schedule or order with kids learning virtually and parents working from home. With summer break fast approaching, parents probably feel concerned about entertaining their little ones through the summer months without school. However, with a bit of forethought and creativity, this summer can be fun and relaxing for the whole family. If you’ve run out of ways to entertain your kids at home, here are some ideas to keep them entertained all summer long.
Build An Obstacle Course
You’d be surprised how simple it is to build a backyard obstacle course with things you already have at home. Set out hula hoops, pool noodles, plastic slides, jump ropes, and any other outdoor toys you can think of. Show your kids how to maneuver the obstacle course and set different challenges. For example, have them go through backward, on one foot, while singing the ABCs. They’ll get invested in the competitive aspect and keep them active in the process.
Draw A Town
If you have a driveway, have your kids create a miniature map of roads, houses, stores, and other favorite places on the concrete with chalk. Then, they can bring their toys outside to navigate the town. It’s a great way to foster creativity and is a multi-step game that will keep them busy for several hours.
Don’t forget about your favorite childhood games. Teach your little ones and their friends about games like SPUD, kick the can, hopscotch, kickball, capture the flag, and others. These games are classics for a reason, and just because kids have electronics and distractions doesn’t mean that they won’t enjoy them as much as you did. You’ll probably surprise yourself by how many memories these games bring back — they may even encourage you to join in the fun!
Provide All Weather Protection
One of the most important ways to keep your kids outside during the summer is to make them as comfortable as possible. When sunburn and bug bites get in the way, kids often opt to be indoors where it is comfortable. By installing solar screens, patio shades, and porch screens, you can protect your kids from UV rays and pests and ensure that they don’t risk their health or safety. Many of these are available in motorized screens and retractable screens, making them a valuable asset to your home, as well as a way to protect your family. You’ll likely find that the whole family wants to spend more time outside when unbothered by harsh sunlight glare, mosquito disturbances, and other outdoor annoyances that drive many people indoors.
By making your yard, porch, and patio more livable, you give yourself more room to breathe. The last year has not been easy on anyone, but it has arguably been hardest on parents who cannot send their kids to daycare, school, or play dates like normal. While some summer programs may open this year, there will be significant pressure on parents to provide summertime entertainment.
To ensure that you and your kids have a fun and stress-free summer, you should begin your plans to install your screens and shades today.