Monday, June 30, 2008

Kids! 10 Ways to Add Fun to Your Summer

Summer’s here and school’s out! Need some ideas for fun? It doesn’t take much time or money to make a day memorable for you and your friends.

Here are some simple ideas to sprinkle throughout the summer:

1. You don’t have to plant an entire flower garden. A few seeds sprinkled into a flower pot will add color to a window sill. An old boot makes a good planter, too. Be sure to water your plant every day and watch for new sprouts!

2. Play in the sprinkler. Get out those cut-off shorts and bathing suits and cool off.

3. Collect leaves and transform them into art. Gather leaves. Lay a piece of white paper over them. Hold firmly in place and color over the top of the leaf. Remove the leaf and create a frame around the edge of the paper. Tada! Instant art.

4. Feed the birds. Cover a pine cone with peanut butter and roll in bird seed. Tie a string around the pine cone and hang it from a tree. The birds will love it!

5. Catch fireflies at night. Have your parents put a few small holes in the top of a plastic jar. Catch fireflies and place them in the jar. It’s a homemade lantern! (Be sure to let the fireflies go before you go to bed.)

6. Make snow cones. Most refrigerators now have icemakers that shave the ice. Fill a glass with shaved ice and add juice or Kool-Aid for a homemade snow cone! You can make your own snow cone holder out of a piece of cardboard, coffee filters, and tape. Cut the cardboard and coffee filters in a big triangle. Lay the coffee filter on top of the cardboard and roll it up with the cardboard on the outside. Tape edges closed.

7. Make rock pets. Use different size rocks to shape turtles, frogs, or other animals. For added fun, paint them.

8. Make seashell paintings. Paint pictures or designs on the inside of medium-sized seashells. (Paint shouldn’t be too thin or the colors will run.)

9. Make a summer hideout. Hang sheets from a clothesline to make a tent. Add chairs, boxes, or anything you want to make furniture.

10. Play basketball. Use a mop pail or bucket if you don’t have a hoop.

It doesn’t matter which activities you choose as long as you have fun!

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