Summer is here! Are you prepared to keep the kids occupied at home? The only way you can answer the “mom, I’m bored” or “what can we do?” questions, is to prepare an activity list.
The longest holiday of the year is here and because of Covid, the kids are mostly stuck at home, or confined to a small group of people. So, read on to get ideas for backyard activities to keep the kids busy and actively learning through play all summer. They will build important foundational skills for their body and brain while having fun.
You don’t have to spend much money. Don’t underestimate the things you already have available in your backyard or close vicinity: swinging, sliding, riding bikes, playing hide and seek, running races, and playing in the sand. These are excellent ways for children to let off some steam and explore the world around them. Just add a few creative elements and they can play happily for hours.
You need to create a completely achievable, totally affordable game plan for keeping the kids happily busy this summer—right at home.
What are the benefits of outdoor activity?
You aim is to to allow the kids to wipe away boredom and burn up their excessive energy (and if they can learn useful skills while doing so, consider it a bonus).
Here are just a few reasons:
- Better sleep
- Boosts immunity
- Builds strong muscles and bones
- Improves mental well-being
- Reduces anxiety
I’ve chosen activities that can be done at home in the backyard (or front). Many activities just require a ball, items that are already found in most homes, or inexpensive toys and craft items that can be purchased at Household Plastic.
This list of activities will boost body and brain development while targeting lots of fine motor, visual perceptual, and sensory skills.
Holiday Activity List
Create a Holiday Activity List with your kids. Sit down together and come up with a list of things that they think would be fun to do and goals that you want to achieve with them, “Maybe this is the summer that they want to learn to tie their own shoes or ride a bike without training wheels or go camping in the back yard …
Let them each pick ten to 20 activities from the communal list and make their own list. Then challenge them to complete the list.
The best place to keep this list is on the refrigerator so it can be given to kids when they complain they are bored!
Let us help you with a few activity suggestions to add to your list.
Creative, Fun Holiday Activities
- Blow Bubbles
- Jump rope
- Cut the grass
- Pull weeds
- Water the flowers
- Plant a garden/flowers
- Camping in the backyard
- Ride bicycles
- Build a fort
- Roller skates
- Fly a kite
- Bike/toy car wash
- Hide and seek
- Marco Polo in the pool or backyard
- Slip and slide
- Fly paper airplanes
- Walk/Bath the dog or cat
- Play catch
- Obstacle courses
- Hoola Hoops
- Running around cones
Some challenges, like crab walking, army crawling, or three-legged racing, don’t require equipment but are bound to burn off tons of energy and leave kids exhausted by bedtime.
When temperatures get extreme, cooling off under a sprinkler can turn the day around.
If you are looking for some fun indoor activities remember, there is so much you can do with cardboard you usually throw away like egg crates, toilet paper tubes, tissue boxes.
Pay a visit to any one of our Household Plastic stores and head to the crafts section where you can buy paints, stickers, tape, pompoms, pipe cleaners and many other fun items.
So get your lists organised and keep your kids happy and active this summer.