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More ideas for your children this summer

On Monday, I shared some ideas for keeping the kids busy this summer–and asked for your input. And I received two great ideas that I wanted to share with you:

  • Summer scavenger hunt: Joe Pearson creates a scavenger hunt for his kids–but with a twist. They each get a list of things they need to have photos of before the summer is out. The list includes historical landmarks, favorite restaurants, movie posters and cartoon characters. You could tailor a list to your child’s age and interest. And I see potential for a teen activity–you can have them share their photos on Instagram. I’m so excited about this idea, and I’m sure it could keep you from hearing that all-too-common summer phrase, “I’m bored.”
  • And Bonnie Heath recommended packing a lunch and going to the beach area at Lake Anna State Park. She said: ” Life guards are on duty and area is roped off. Makes it a bit easier to keep an eye on little ones!” I love this idea and can’t believe I didn’t think of it before. This was a favorite activity for my boys when they were little. There is also a great playground near the beach.

I’m still on the hunt for great ways to keep the kids busy this summer. And I loved this idea of turning your backyard into a board for Twister, using cardboard and spray paint (some other versions of this use something called yard paint which sounds like it might be better for the grass).

And here’s an awesome way to create your own waterpark fun with some PVC and a hose.

If you’re like me and PVC sounds a little too “handy” for your skillset, here’s an easier version of a slip and slide.

So what will you be doing to keep your kids occupied this summer? I’d love to hear your ideas. Comment below or email aumble@freelancestar.com.

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