Summer activities for little rascals

rascalsSummertime is the perfect time of year to get in some quality time with your kids. If you find yourself struggling to balance work, life and leisure time with your children, summer is the time to slow down and really enjoy them when they are young. You’ll never get these years back, so don’t regret time that you could have spend bonding with your children. Kids love to be outside and being active, so it’s the perfect chance to get involved with them in some awesome activities to stretch their mind and bodies as well. So here are some great ideas for things you can do with your kids this summer.

Camping

Kids love the outdoors, and so do you! So why not teach them the vital skills they need to know about living outdoors? A camping trip is the perfect opportunity to bond with your kids in the great outdoors. Pick somewhere not too far from home for the first time out, and bring along simple tents that the kids can help pitch. They’ll love looking for firewood to create a campfire, and learning all about how to create an outdoor home. Cook your meal over the fire together and don’t forget to bring marshmallows and chocolate to make s’mores. Tell stories over the campfire and snuggle up in sleeping bags at night. You and your kids will love the experience of camping together and they’ll always remember this time with you.

Sports

Playing sports is a favourite pastime of many people in the summertime, and it’s a great way to have fun and get active with your kids. You can pitch up a net in the garden for badminton or volleyball, and play anytime you just want to go right outside. Or you can set up croquet on the lawn and teach your kids to play. Other ideas for playing sports with your kids include taking them out swimming or out to the recreation ground to play ball games. You can teach your kids football, tennis, basketball or any sport, the point is that you’re spending time together outdoors and really bonding this way. Your kids will love to learn the sport that you loved as a kid, because they really look up to you!

BBQ

A summertime barbecue is a great way to relax and enjoy a great meal in the summer sun. Your kids can invite some friends over and help you prepare the event. They’ll love helping to pick out the food and drinks for the menu. Chances are they’ll be big fans of the standard beefburger and hot dogs! Let your kids help you cook the food, they’ll love the experience of bonding with you while flipping the meat on the grill. A summertime BBQ is a great way to gather your friends and family, and your children’s friends from school as well. Make sure you have some solid garden furniture that will hold up for many summertime barbecues to come.

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