Finding summer activities for kids who range in age can be challenging. Older kids get bored.. the younger guys can’t sit still, so what’s a good middle ground? For the last few summers, I’ve watched seven (yes, seven) kids, ranging in ages 1-13. From this experience, I’ve found it IS possible to have a good summer that’s packed with engaging, budget-friendly activities for everyone.
Hike/Walk/Ride: Everyone, not matter the age, enjoys spending time outdoors and getting a good dose of fresh air. Head to the park or bike trail and let the older kids bring their scooter if there’s a path. Bring a box to collect leaves and rocks. Get creative and make a scavenger hunt, so each child has to find certain objects like a red bird, caterpillar, bird nest, purple flower, etc.
Downtime: Each day, I have quiet time for 45 minutes when the 1 year old takes a nap. The older kids can read or rest. This gives me a little break in the middle of the day.
Library: Check with your local library for storytimes and other activities. These events can vary by children of different ages. While you’re there, join the summer reading program. Check out some books and maintain good school habits in the summer.
Water Fun: Bust out the water guns, water balloons, bubbles, and sprinkler. Help your kids create a water park in your backyard with everyday treasures from your garage.
Park: Take your lunch to the park and let the kids run around. Check online to find a park with a splash or playground.
Crafts: Find summer crafts online. Pinterest is your friend! We’ve made glitter goo, picture frames, ornaments, play dough, bubbles.. you name it. Have the older kids find a craft the younger kids would enjoy create and put ’em in charge.
Baking: This is my favorite activity. No matter the age, everyone can find a job in the kitchen. I let older kids measure the ingredients and the younger kids help decorate. Plus, everyone wins while eating the results.
Games: When I get involved in group games like Hide ‘N Seek, the older kids really enjoy it. Play kick the can outside or charades indoors.
Puppet Show: Give the kids some old socks and let them make their own puppets. Create a set and put on a show. You can find great deals for items garage sailing, too.
No one wants their kids spending summer in front of a digital screen. With a little bit of planning and creativity, every child every age can have a fun and imaginative summer.
What are some of your favorite summer activities?