5 Kid-Friendly Activities to Try This Summer

iStock_000010292520_Medium.jpgSummer can be a truly enjoyable time spent bonding with your children. With school out and the sun shining, it’s a great time to spend together outdoors or doing activities your child’s been looking forward to all school year. However, without school and homework to keep your child busy, you may be in need of some additional kid-friendly activities. Below are 5 activities to try with your child this summer.

  1. Do yard work: While this may seem more like work than fun, children often love being able to help out. Let your child water the flowers with a small watering can or help to pull weeds. Bubble-blowing lawn mowers are also a fun way to incorporate your child into yard work.
  2. Visit a fire station: Have your child help out baking cookies or brownies and then visit your local fire station to hand them out. The firefighters will appreciate the kind gesture and your child can tour the station and possibly get a close-up view of the big red fire truck.
  3. Create an outdoor art gallery: Let your child be as creative as he or she wants with sidewalk chalk. Fill every square inch of your sidewalk and driveway and invite neighbors to come over and see. You can also use glow-in-the-dark chalk so your child’s gallery will be visible at night.
  4. Open a lemonade stand: Give your kids the responsibility of running a lemonade stand for a day. Help them with setup and making the lemonade, but allow them to feel like they own the stand. This will teach them the value of money and give them something fun to do at the same time.
  5. Go to the park: This may sound like a no-brainer, but taking your child to the park during the summer can be one of their favorite activities. Try to incorporate games, such as who can collect the most bugs or something classic like Simon Says. This will provide endless hours of fun for your child and his or her friends.

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Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

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