Summer FUN

I want a break this summer as much as my kids do but it doesn’t last very long.  They think they cannot wait to be free to make their own schedule yet they spend the majority of the day asking you for something to do!  I don’t want them to spend all their time watching tv, playing video games, and on the computer, but if it were up to them they would.  How did we get to the point that electronics are all they know and WANT????  I am not against video games, computer, or tv but moderation is the key.  When I was young, I just wanted to be outside.  We were creative and used our imaginations to find things to do.  Of course I am sure it helped that our parents didn’t give may other options!  Here is a list of 100 things your kids can do Compliments of Sea Isle Times Nancy MacNeill .  A lot of them do not need your assistance especially if the kids are older.  So I challenge you to challenge your kids to go a day with no electronics and pick something from this list.  ENJOY!

  • Sort old photos, make a collage and frame them
  • Start a nature scrapbook
  • Draw on paper with wet chalk
  • Have a tea party with some friends and tell stories
  • Work on a puzzle
  • Try to make a copy of a famous painting
  • Practice how to fold a shirt
  • Watch a foreign DVD dubbed in English
  • Have a backyard carnival
  • Make a milk shake
  • Learn to sew on a button
  • Play a card game
  • Play in the rain but not when there is thunder
  • Make a map of your neighborhood
  • Learn a few magic tricks  and produce your own show
  • Play hopscotch
  • Take a long bubble bath
  • Make birthday cards of all of your friends and relatives for the year.
  • Learn the alphabet in sign language
  • Go play on a swing
  • Go camping. Put a beach towel or sheet over two chairs for a tent
  • Create new words and your own dictionary
  • Learn Morse code
  • Arrange a centerpiece of flowers
  • Paint your nails or a friend’s
  • Memorize a poem
  • Pop some popcorn
  • Practice tying knots
  • Laugh 100 times today and keep a count
  • Wash your parent’s car
  • Use fabric paint and decorate a shirt
  • Start a lemonade stand
  • Learn to play a new sport
  • Clean your closet
  • Walk around the block and pick up litter but make sure you wear gloves
  • Go fishing and throw back what you catch
  • Run around the block three times
  • Bring flowers to a nursing home
  • Ask your parents if you can rearrange your room
  • Water all of the inside and outside plants
  • Find and use a recipe for no-cook cookies or candy
  • Read your parents a bedtime story
  • Make a word search puzzle
  • Make sand pictures
  • Plant a flower
  • Keep an address book
  • Change the words to your favorite song
  • Go to a museum
  • Take photos of clouds
  • Frame your favorite picture
  • Try a new hairstyle
  • Learn calligraphy
  • Make sundaes
  • Learn some words in a foreign language
  • Plan a trip to an amusement park
  • Bird watch
  • Feed the birds
  • Fill up water balloons
  • Learn to seat a table
  • Play with water guns
  • Try playing an instrument
  • Shoot baskets
  • Dance
  • Swim
  • Stretch
  • Wash the dog
  • Color a picture
  • Pull weeds
  • Make instant pudding
  • Blow bubbles
  • Climb a tree
  • Collect rocks
  • Find names of rocks
  • Go to the library
  • Make and fly a kite
  • Have a scavenger hunt
  • Try origami
  • Play restaurant. You’re the chef and servers, grown-ups are your customers.
  • Learn to do a cartwheel
  • String beads on dental floss
  • Play a board game
  • Play paper dolls

  • Clean your bike

  • Tell a joke

  • Make a snack

  • Go to the playground

  •  Make an instrument

  • Make name tags for your family

  • Make a grocery list

  • Freeze juice in ice cube trays

  • Make your own clay and sculpt something for a friend

  • Send a postcard to an old friend

  • Organize a bike parade

  • Make a club

  • Build a fort

  • Create a play

  • Learn the words to an old song your Mom or Dad likes

  • Memorize all 50 states

  • Start a seashell collection

  • Write your own list of 100 things to do!

Compliments of Sea Isle Times Nancy MacNeill

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