“Oh, the summer night, Has a smile of light, And she sits on a sapphire throne,” said English poet Bryan Procter. And that is exactly why everybody needs to unplug and make the most of the short, sunny season. Play all summer long day and night, until the bugs chase you indoors.
Top 10 Interactive Summer Activities to Do with Your Kids:
- Buy a Pony Up Daddy saddle to give your kids the ultimate piggy back ride around the backyard. Playing safari with Mom and Dad under the stars is a memorable activity the kids will long remember. The Pony Up Daddy saddle is the winner of the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval.
- Pitch a tent in the backyard, tell ghost stories by flashlight, or play cards but don’t forget the snacks.
- Fly a Kite. Wait for a semi-windy afternoon and take the kids to a wide-open space park and let it rip.
- Gather up healthy food for the ducks and visit a pond. Watching the ducks graze on recommended foods such as corn, lettuce, peas, oats, birdseed and duck pellets is a fun, relaxing and peaceful activity for all ages.
- Organize a neighborhood scavenger hunt and give prizes for the winning teams.
- Play hopscotch. Use colorful sidewalk chalk, draw a hopscotch grid and select a medium-sized rock ideal for tossing. Hop one or two-footed over the rock you tossed to the first square, from one end to the other, turn-around and hop back, picking up the rock while balancing on one foot. Take turns with the other players who continue the same pattern with squares two through nine.
- Make jewelry out of clovers. Pick and tie together the flowers to create nature’s very own necklaces, rings, bracelets and headbands.
- Play TV tag. Everyone freezes except the player who is “it”. They unfreeze a player and make them “it” but have to call out a TV show title which can’t be used again during that game.
- Teach your child how to play the rubber ball/jacks game, including “pigs in the blanket”. They’ll want to do “onesies” and “twosies” with you for hours.
- Plan a night of stargazing with a map you create. See who can identify the most constellations.