This summer will be difficult for most mamas due to the ongoing pandemic. Many of us canceled travel plans, some places haven’t quite opened back up yet, and most of us are too nervous to go to the public places that have actually opened back up. Here are a few ways on how to entertain your kids this summer.
How to Entertain Your Kids This Summer: COVID Edition
For starters, I like to set aside at least 30 minutes each day for them to do something educational. We follow and love some of the ideas the @Busytoddler has over on her Instagram. She has more of a hands-on learning approach which the boys love. I also have these workbooks (listed below) for the boys to do at least one page during their quiet/alone time.
- Magical Preschool Book
- 200 Must-Know Sightwords
- Sightwords Word Search
- Kindergarten Workbook
- Learn to Read
- Kindergarten Math
Summer Bucket List
Sit with your kiddos and put together a Summer Bucket List. My five-year-old had a blast thinking of things he really wanted to do together. My three-year-old…well, he just repeats whatever his big brother says.
As you can see, there are a ton of different activities they want to do this summer. So, depending on how many they list out, pick one or two items to do each of the days following the below Pinterest plan. Also, we’re very fortunate to have a pool, so if you do as well, that is your backup plan/saving grace for those off days.
- Bake cupcakes
- Water slide (I have THIS one and it’s a lifesaver)
- Outdoor movie night
- Paint Rocks
- Make homemade ice cream
- Make popsicles
- Water gun fight
- Water balloon fight (I Love THESE reusable water balloons)
- Bike rides
- Have a picnic
- Visit the zoo
- Fly a kite
- Wash cars
- Play board games
- Build a fort
- Make paper airplanes
- Cook together
- Go on a mini trip by car
- Outdoor scavenger hunt
- Paint toy cars and wash them with hose and water
- Free the Toys/Ice Sculpture (Take a bunch of toys and add them in a bowl. Pour water to fill and freeze. The next day, remove from freezer and give them tools and water to free their toys)
- Schedule mini play dates at the house
- Plant a garden
- Ice cream party
- Camp in backyard
Our Current Summer Schedule
I have been following this schedule I found on Pinterest and it’s been a huge help in making me become more creative with the kids.
Make it Monday. This will be the day we do some new craft or bake/cook something tasty. Painting rocks with positive affirmations has been one thing we’ve really enjoyed lately.
Thinking Tuesday. This will be a dedicated day to do something more educational and read some books. I’ll try and make it something fun and hands-on learning so they don’t feel like it’s schoolwork. I bought a Sight Word Word Search for my oldest and he loves it. I make him do a page or two and once he’s done, he has to repeat the words back to me that he found.
Water Day Wednesday. Usually we do lots of swimming each day, but on water Wednesdays, I try to switch it up by blowing up the rock climbing bounce house water slide, squirt guns, paint their toy cars, and wash them outside in a bucket with soap. Head to a lake or beach, or head to a park to have a water balloon fight.
Take a Trip Thursday. Thursdays, we are out and about, but early in the morning to avoid the heat. Some zoos and museums opened back up and we’re hoping towards the end of summer, we’ll feel brave enough to go…but for now, this will be the park for a picnic and story time, scavenger hunts, flying a kite, etc.
Family Friday. This is a day where we spend the evening doing something together as a family when my husband is off work. We love to have movie nights with popcorn. Sometimes, we’ll switch it up and have a movie night outside. But other ideas can include: camping in the backyard, family picnic, evening bike ride to get frozen yogurt, etc.
There you have it…My little plan on how to entertain my kids this summer. If you have any other ideas and suggestions, I would love for you to comment or follow me on Instagram (@Precioustimeblog).