There are many fun activities to do with your kids this summer. In this series of articles, I will give you ideas for free and low cost activities to do to prevent boredom and whining. You can adapt them to fit the needs and ages of your children.
Make a Summer Scrapbook
Simple scrapbooks can be pictures glued to construction paper and stickers or drawings added to the border of the paper. Or you can buy a mini photo album for your child at the Dollar Store and just insert the pictures. Another simple scrapbook is to get a plastic binder and page inserts. On regular copy paper, glue pictures and put on stickers and place inside the plastic insert.
The most expensive way to scrapbook is to buy an a scrapbook, the pages and all of the embellishments that go along with this hobby. Scrapbooks come in assorted sizes, so a smaller one can defray the cost. Also, use craft store coupons to purchase these items for documenting your summer of fun activities with your kids this summer.
Picking Your Own Fruit
Nothing says summertime like picking your own fruit. Local farms offer children a chance to see where the food they eat is actually grown. Before you head out to the farm, find recipes for the fruit you are purchasing and make sure that you have all of the ingredients on hand.
Find a farm near you and go out in the early morning hours before it gets too hot. Bring cash to pay for the fruit as many of these farms do not take credit card or check payments.
After you have had your fill of picking your own fruit, go home and make a recipe using your bounty. For example, after picking blueberries, bake a blueberry pie or blueberry jam. The mixing and measuring are actual learning and kids are more apt to eat something they have actually made themselves.
While the pie is baking, read some books with fruit in the story. Here are some titles:
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky (Caldecott Winner)
Veggie Tales Madame Blueberry A Lesson in Thankfulness (this is also a DVD)
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables From A to Z by Lois Ehlert
Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears by Cynthia Rylant
Apple Fractions by Jerry Palotta
The Red Lemon by Bob Staak
Jamberry by Bruce Degan
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
You can expand on your activities by downloading and printing coloring pages that go along with your farm experience. If your children are older, you can go to discoveryeducation.com and create a word search and other puzzles for another activity.
There are many fun activities to do with your children this summer. With a little planning, you will have fun with your children and create a lifetime full of memories.