Summer Fun for Kids
This summer i really want to avoid the words 'Mummy I'm bored' from my 2 children, aged 4 and 6. As a teacher myself, I have 7 weeks off over the summer and my children and husband do to, so we have lots of hours to fill together.
This lens will let you know how we are going about making this summer a FUN SUMMER... and avoiding too much of any one activity (i.e. playing on the Wii forever!!!)
Making A Summer List
Before the holidays began, we talked about lots of ideas that we would like to do over the summer. Kind of a Summer Bucket List. We wrote down things that we KNEW we were going to do, places we wanted to go, fun food ideas, ideas of things to achieve, craft activities that we don't often do, things that Mummy and Daddy are often "too busy for" .. and this is what we came up with.
One of the activities that we have done so far this summer is to make Sun Prints. To do this, you need to use some Sun Print paper which is light sensitive. On this paper, you place some interestingly shaped objects and expose this to the sunlight. After about 2 minutes, the paper will have changed from a mid blue shade, to a very pale blue - and the shaded areas where the objects are stay mid blue. You then need to 'fix' the images by soaking it in water for 1 minute.
This will turn the main paper back to blue and the shadow images to white. Leave it to dry and the images become much more clear.
A fascinating science experiment to do with children - ideally on a calm sunny day for best results. My 2 children were fascinated. The package contains about 15 sheets of A5 paper and although it says for them to be used within 6 months of purchasing, I have had mine at least 6 YEARS, and they worked totally fine.
Have fun! We did!
Flying a kite can be done by the smallest child to the most grown up adult... and is equally fun for all. We had great fun on the beach on a sunny evening, feeling that satisfying pull on the string in the slight breezy conditions.
Kites come in all shapes and sizes, single lines- for young flyers, and dual line stunt kites for more experienced flyers.
A very simple kite - no frame - just some air pockets to keep it in the air - wrap it up and put it in your purse or pocket!!
A much bigger stunt kite - for the more experienced flyer
A beautiful kite
For the much more experienced flyer - for use with sports!
Water Fight Fun!
On a hot and sunny day, what better way to cool down than by having a water fight! Make sure that everyone is geared up in suitable clothing and that you have water on hand to refill - in a suitable place - not the kitchen sink if you don't want water all over the floor!!!!
And get ready for some ACTION! Water guns, water balloons, water bombs, buckets, sprayers, sprinklers ... the lots!
What a treat! My children love to have their faces painted at summer school fetes and such like, but why not at home! So we splashed out and bought some face paints and had a go ourselves. Great for mom and dad to practise their artistic talents!
Snazaroo facepaints are great because they do not contain anything that can affect people with common allergies.
This Snazaroo set includes some of the sparkly glitter paints - sure to delight your little girlies!
Stuck for face painting ideas? look no further!
There are all sorts of ways to do a scavenger hunt. I made a set of alphabet cards (9 on an A4 sheet) and asked my children to find something in the garden beginning with each letter of the alphabet - and photograph it with the letter card in place too.
The picture shows 4 of the letters that my 4 year old took photos of.
I showed her on my camera how to take 'macro' photos using the little 'flower' icon on my Canon Ixus - and she duly did that to improve the quality of her close up photos.
I made them into this collage using picnik.com
"Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach."
Author: Michelle Held
Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.
-- Kahlil Gibran
We would love to hear of more ideas that you have for us!