A brief list of activities you and your household can enjoy together at home this summer
Although the season hasn’t technically started (June 21st is the Summer Solstice), summer has arrived! Children’s studies have ended, and they now have 2-3 months off of school.
There’s no denying the fact that this summer has begun a little differently than previous years. You’ve probably spent a lot more time at home with your family (or roommates) than usual lately. Now, you’re probably trying to think of ways to keep everyone entertained during summer break.
Maybe you originally planned a vacation to an exotic destination that has been canceled. Or, maybe you had some big summer parties and get-togethers planned that are no longer happening. Whatever your situation, everyone in your household is probably a little bummed right now, but don’t worry! I’ve compiled a brief list of activities you can do from home this summer that are both fun and cost-effective.
- Make tie-dye t-shirts.
This idea is a classic, and pretty inexpensive to do! You can either purchase a kit, or buy everything separately. All you need are plain white t’s (“Hey There Delilah”), rubber bands, disposable gloves, plastic bottles, ziploc bags, and the dye. Not sure how to tie dye? Follow this link for a step-by-step guide. Make sure you wash the shirts beforehand and allow them plenty of time to dry once you’re done. Try dyeing outside to get everyone out of the house for a bit!
- Have a water day.
During my elementary school years, one of my friends held an annual birthday party in August that was water themed. Every girl in our grade was invited, and it was definitely a highlight of our summers! We arrived in swimsuits and brought our favorite water guns. I always took my brother’s heavy duty Super Soaker. I had a blast every year!
Dedicate a day (or several) as a water day at home. Some pools are closed this year, but having watery fun at home can make that up somewhat. Purchase some squirt guns, get out your sprinkler, have a water balloon fight, and enjoy!
- Draw with sidewalk chalk.
Chalk is another classic outdoor activity. Everyone loves a good game of hopscotch and tracing outlines of each other! Create some designs to show off (you can easily submit your design to us at Classic Sign Services and create a t-shirt! It would truly be one-of-a-kind). Once it rains, you can start again! That’s the beauty of washable sidewalk chalk.
But what if it’s raining, or it’s too hot? No worries. Here are two indoor activities that stray from your typical day of Netflix and video games:
- Build a fort.
You don’t need to have children or be a child to create one of these! Gather up all of your blankets and get creative. Document the process with your smartphone so you can look back on the memories later. Then, watch a movie or read a book underneath the canopy!
- Create an indoor obstacle course.
I used to love obstacle courses as a child. You can use furniture, toys, and blankets to outline the path. Allow your child to help you build the course, as well! Turn it into a homemade American Ninja Warrior Junior and take turns announcing. This would make for a fun afternoon!
Although this summer is going to be different than past years, make it memorable by unleashing your creative side!
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