The following is a guest post from momAgendaCOMM blogger Jodi Grundig.
For me, one of the toughest things about having the kids at home over the summer is figuring out how to keep them entertained. Here in Boston, it’s been really hot and muggy almost every day, so playing outside is not always a great option.
Here are five things you can do to keep your kids busy, even if you have to keep them indoors:
1. Start Journaling. After a quick trip to the craft shop, I’ve stocked our craft cabinet up with scrapbooking accessories. My kids each picked out a special notebook and I have them each journaling their summer with photos, pictures, and paragraphs about their experiences. It’s a great way to occupy the time and in the end, they are creating memories and something valuable!
2. Go to the Pool. We’ve joined our local pool for the summer, and whenever it’s hot and the kids are bored, we pack up our swimsuits and head out.
3. Create a Summer “Bucket” List. Create a list of places you want to visit all summer, and choose a different place. Have the kids choose places that are free to attend for each day. Whether it’s a local park or a museum, you’ll have a great time exploring your home city and it won’t cost you a thing!
4. Attend Camp. My kids don’t go to one specific summer camp for the summer, but I do have some daily or weekly camps scheduled for them. Try and find camps that are within your budget and if possible, find a camp that really interests your child. There are some great sports camps out there, so find one that your child would really love. It helps keep them busy and gives the parent some free time to get things done around the house.
5. Schedule Playdates. I like to schedule some playdates throughout the summer with my kids’ classmates. It’s a great way for them to keep in touch with friends and stay occupied.
How do you keep your kids occupied in the summer?
Jodi has been blogging since 2007 when she founded the popular mom review blog Mom’s Favorite Stuff. Connect with Jodi on the Blog, Twitter and Facebook.