The great thing about most of these activities is that even though they may seem too young for you elementary age child (or even middle school), when you couple the activity with a younger child, your older one will have just as much fun.
Find activities that are active, outdoors, and hands-on, not to mention creative.
1. Water Play
Even without a pool, you can still have water fun on those really, really hot days. Use a sprinkler. Use water sprayers or water guns. Use small bowls or containers of water. If you do use containers, some very important CAUTIONS to keep in mind:
Do NOT leave children unsupervised no matter how small the container is. Children can drown in as little as two inches of water.
Do not leave your containers standing out when they’re not in use. The standing water breeds mosquitos and other icky things. Pour out the containers. If you must leave them outside, store them upside down. Rinse them out before and after each use.
Grab some movies ahead of time from the library for that inevitable rainy day.
3. Craft Projects
Visit the Summer with Bubba board for some great activities, both fun and educational.
5. Barnes & Noble
B&N has a summer reading program that will give your child a free book after they read for so many hours. It is a limited selection but they are all age appropriate and free books are fabulous!
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Have a great summer!