There are plenty of cheap, super easy, and amazingly entertaining ideas and activities for fun in the sun this summer. I remember back when I was younger how fun it was growing up out in the country. Some of my most cherished memories were from the days spent running around out in the yard, playing with sticks and rocks, and enjoying the fun that nature provided. As a child everything was new and amazing to me, and I was eager to explore. I even played in all the dirt and germs that people are so terrified of in today’s world, and I turned out just fine.
Fun In The Sun Ideas For Kids
I rarely ever remember being bored as a child, but modern toys have somewhat stifled our children’s imaginations by making them dependent on expensive technology for entertainment. Your child doesn’t need these expensive toys and electronics to have fun, trust me! Get the kids out of the house, out of your hair, and out exercising…without them even realizing it. Below are some great fun in the sun ideas for kids.
Create a Mini Water-Park
This is something I took for granted that every parent would have at their house for the hot summer months. You absolutely have to buy one of the “old school” 3 arm sprinklers. Kids anywhere from 3 years up to 12 will love running and playing in the water. You can buy one of these sprinklers for around $13 at any home improvement store, and it will last for years. To make it even more fun, buy a roll of 3 mil plastic while you’re there and spread this down any hill or grassy area. Wet it down with the water hose, and put a bit of dish soap or any sort of lubricant on it to create a home made water slide. You now have hours of entertainment at your homemade water-park for about $20, and you can re-use it all summer long. For extra fun, pick up a small backyard pool to make the water-park complete.
Gardening for Fun and Learning
You don’t need a lot of space to create a garden for your kids. If you have a big yard where you can till the soil then that is great! If not then there are many fun and delicious veggies that you can grow in pots on a porch or balcony. Take your kids to the store and let them pick out some veggies and flowers that they like, and then enjoy the fun of planting and watching them grow. You will me amazed how willing they are to eat their vegetables after they put all the effort into growing them! There are so many benefits of gardening with kids.
Perform a Backyard Concert
It’s a simple fact that everyone loves music, and about anything that makes noise can pass as musical instrument for a child. Collect some buckets to serve as drums, pan lids for cymbals, maybe even a leftover kazoo from a birthday party…or anything else around the house that makes noise. Chances are good that your child already has some musical instruments lying around with their toys. Next, set up their stuffed animals, army men, or whatever they prefer as an audience and the show is on! If they are a little older let the practice real instruments and singing and then put on a show for the parents.
Take a Trip to the Library
If the sun becomes too much and you need a little quiet time to concentrate, then head to the local library. This entertainment is completely free aside from the gas it takes for you to get there. Many kids love to read, and even if they are too young to read they will enjoy looking at the pictures. They can wander through the aisles and have the freedom to explore, while learning at the same time. Many libraries also have free programs for children. Then they can create a reading nook in the backyard for some lazy fun in the sun (or shade).
What are your favorite fun in the sun activities?