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Practical Fun Activities for Summer

Every summer we contemplate what to do with the kids. Are you going to enroll them in a local summer camp, ship them off to a family member, or can you stay home with them? Many families have a big summer trip planned, but I’m here to discuss little fun activities you can do with your kids to get them off their devices, calm anxiety, and create fun memories together spending time outside in nature.

How fun would it be to go camping in your backyard? When my daughter was small, sometimes we would just lay a blanket in the backyard and stargaze. I’m not much of an astrologer but it was fun trying to find the Big and Small Dippers. Not only is this a great learning opportunity, it’s also a fun way to relax, get grounded, and wind the kids down at the end of a long week. You can also create a fort or tent inside and let your imagination run wild!

How about a game of water balloon baseball or water balloon tennis? Not only are you moving, you get to cool off with a splash AND the kids are having a ball (pun intended)! If you don’t like the mess, you can just blow up a regular balloon to hit in the house with a paper plate tennis racket.

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Other physical stress-relieving activities include taking bike rides on the weekends or at the end of a long day. You can ride near the house or at a bike trail if you’re feeling real adventurous!

One last idea I’d like to mention is being intentional about teaching your children how to be grounded and connecting with the earth as a means of healing. When you are grounded to the earth, you feel centered, strong, solid, balanced, stable, less tense and less stressed. Something as simple as being barefoot outside, running through a sprinkler, making old-fashioned mud pies, or climbing a tree is healing. Create a DIY bird feeder or plant a butterfly garden for endless opportunities to engage with nature.

All activities don’t have to involve spending lots of money. The healing power of nature is immense and the benefits of the outdoors are incredible for physical and mental health for both you and your children. Tap into your inner child and create wonderful memories for your family!

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Kishia Saffold
Author: Kishia Saffold

Kishia Saffold is the owner of Kiddie Care Learning Center in Dothan and Enterprise. She has a Masters of Business Administration from Troy University and a B.A. in Communication from Alabama State University. She is a wife to Jeffery and mother to daughter, Kiera.

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Practical Fun Activities for Summer

by Kishia Saffold time to read: 3 min