Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Three Ways to End Summer with a Bang for Your Kids

IT IS STARTING. That seasonal onslaught of Back to School information, tips and tricks to prepare you and your kids, along with the ongoing BUY THIS HALF OFF sale and commercials. IT IS COMING.  That day when you drive your kids to school, show them where their backpack goes and leave them in the care of a teacher who by the end of the year will consider them their own.

But summer is not over yet! We still have a full month of fun to be had and to give it up for the crowded shopping malls every day is just no fun at all!

So we have come up with a few ways to make Summer End With a Bang for Your kids!

Have a Baking Day

Yes, we know that this is a possibly messy prospect, but creating something in the kitchen with your kids can be fun and educational too. It can teach them to measure and follow instructions while bonding with mom or dad. Plus anything that promotes creativity is a good thing!

Start with something easy and then add icings and sprinkles and more to create lots of laughter! This is wonderful for those super hot days that end the summer too!

Play Story Games

Even with young children who can not read yet, this is an awesome way to beat the heat and get those creative juices flowing. Sit everyone in a circle, use some fun props - dress up clothes, fun shoes, baby dolls - and you start the story. Once you've started, go around and let each child create their part! Let your child add a scene or new character. The trick is to keep it going. Let them use the props or make new ones. When the story is done, let your child draw or write out what they remember about the story. This is a super fun way to get them to use their imagination, spark their memory and get their young minds working again!

P.S: This is a great car game too!

Go On a Scavenger Hunt

The latest trend in scavenger hunting is Geocaching. Geocaching is a real world treasure hunt that people play with others in their city. Follow the clues and you will uncover notes, trinkets and more that others have left to find. There is usually a piece of paper for you to sign off on when you find the treasure. Use your GPS on your phone or other clues to find the treasure. You can go Geocaching at any time, but beating the heat and doing it early morning or late afternoon is best! It's fun and a great way to get your kids thinking about clues and problem solving.

There are many ways to make Summer have one last push of fun for the kids. You might just find that in planning for their last burst of activity, you will have some fun too!

And, of course, don't forget your Ez Sox for Back to School!

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