Quick & Frugal Ideas For Summer Fun
source: Trina Alexander
Start with your library.
Libraries often have wonderful music, nature and reading programs running from June through August. Most of the programs are free but they do require you to reserve a place ahead of time, so call early to avoid a last minute disappointment.
Next, work your way over to the book section. Try to see if you can revive your children’s interest in Harry Potter. If not, dig into some good mysteries, historical fiction and how-to books instead.
Then, see what’s available in the crafts section. Our local library has half a dozen books on making “treasure from trash.” Also search for titles on dough crafts, paper crafts and scrap fabric crafts.
Before you leave, be sure to read the “what’s happening” section of your local newspaper. Most big cities have free outdoor concerts, puppet shows and art fairs throughout the summer months. See what’s in your neck of the woods.
Other Suggestions To Share With Your Kids:
Write to an email pen pal
Keep a nature journal of your own backyard
Make nature crafts – painted rock, wreathes, dried flowers
Design a quiz-type game show on history
Build from cardboard
Cook an authentic Chinese dinner
Keep a diary
Create a historically accurate diorama from scrap materials
Read, read, read
Arrange a neighborhood yard sale
Get a job walking dogs, cleaning or doing errands for a neighbor
Make a food pyramid from old magazines
Learn to comparison shop for groceries
Plant a vegetable garden
Draw original mazes
Create a birthday card
Design a web page
Make a quilt from recycled materials
Volunteer at the library
Observe your pet and record your findings
Grow an indoor terrarium
Learn a foreign language
Build with scrap materials
Make your own holiday presents
Compose new, science-based lyrics for popular tunes
Participate in online projects
Write a script for a puppet show
Learn to use a word processor
Attend local museums on free days
Learn to sew
Design a variation on the game checkers
Borrow educational videos off the internet.
Participate in a nature scavenger hunt
Learn to paint with watercolors
Practice cake decorating
Obedience train your dog
Create paper mache bowls from old newspapers
Make handmade paper
Buy and learn to play the recorder or harmonica
Enter all kinds of contests
Solve word problems
Make and observe a bird feeder
Play scrabble and other board games
Do low cost science projects
Give several of these activities a try. If your child doesn’t enjoy one activity, suggest another one instead. But, if you find that all your child wants to do is sit and veg out, let him make that choice. He may need the time to relax and, after all, it is summer.