1. Outdoor Chalk
Chalk is sure to provide hours of fun for your older kids. Draw on the driveway or get creative and make a path along the sidewalk. If you want to start over- just add water! Chalk is relatively cheap or you can make your own!
Easy. Just run through them! Bonus: you’ll water the grass at the same time!
3. Camp in your Backyard
When the nights are just that perfect temperature, hitch a tent, grab the smores, and stay up late telling stories! Imagine how much fun you and your kids will have as a family- being outside and doing something new and exciting.
4. Beach Toys
Check out your local dollar store for super cheap toys such as shovels, buckets, plastic cars and more. For only $1, you can get a lot of great thing! Buckets can be used to fill up with dirt, carry water or sand, make a sand castle in your backyard sand box, or whatever else your child can imagine!
5. Homemade Popsicles
7. Small Inflatable Pool
I’m certain you have a pool of some sort in your backyard. Dip your feet in, jump in it (careful!) or sit in it all day long. Add some plastic boats for fun, or change colors of the water with a little food coloring. (You can add food coloring to your child’s bath too! Doesn’t take much!)
Either in your backyard or at a park, lay out a blanket and bring a sack lunch! Isn’t this such a simple pleasure that we often forget about? All you need is a blanket!
7. Egg Cartons
Let your child collect rocks, dirt, or flowers in an old egg carton. A little place to hold all their treasures.
8. Visit the Library
If it’s hot outside, the library will offer a cool place with air conditioning! Check out books or just hang out for a while and read!
You don’t need much to have a great summer! Your kids don’t need the latest and greatest toys to have fun either. Send them outside- they’ll figure out something to do! This is prime time for developing independence, sense of self, creativity, and imagination. Let them explore!