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6 Fun Fit Family Activities to Do this Summer

Summer is a wonderful time to bond with your family. The children are out of school for a few months and the weather is warm and inviting. This season also offers plenty of opportunities for you and your loved ones to get physically active and spend more time outdoors. If you’re looking for ways to make sure your kids don’t spend the majority of their summer vacation eating snacks in front of the TV or computer and want to have some fun and create memories, here are some interesting activities you and your family can enjoy.

1. Yard Work/Gardening

Summer is a great time to teach your kids about gardening and growing their favorite flowers and foods. Teach your little ones how to place seeds in the soil and pull weeds from the garden. If you already have some flowers and plants in the garden, bring a little watering can outside so your child can water the plants. Emphasize the fact that lawn maintenance is important by purchasing toy gardening tools or kid-friendly items your young ones can use on the lawn. For instance, a lawnmower that blows bubbles is a fun way to make your children feel like they’re doing their part to keep the yard intact. Or, you can give your child a decorated bucket to place weeds in or for flowers from the garden that you can make into a centerpiece.

2. Bug Safari

Take the family on a bug safari in the backyard. You may find lizards, ants, birds, and smaller mammals while on your safari. Dress up in khakis, large hats, and cargo vests so you’ll “look the part” and purchase some binoculars and magnifying glasses so you and your kids can see creatures in detail without getting too close. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures to create a scrapbook of your adventure in nature.

3. Car Wash

Park your vehicle in the driveway and let your children clean the car using a bucket of water and sponge. Or, your little ones can spray your vehicle with the garden hose. This is a great way to get the whole family involved in a necessary chore while engaging in water-centered fun. You can even dress your children in their swimsuits before washing the car so they can have a water fight. Place a kiddie pool or large garbage bags on the lawn so your children can splash and slide after cleaning the family car(s).

4. Sidewalk Chalk Art

Purchase jumbo chalk in a variety of colors and let your children write on the driveway and sidewalk. Help your little ones create a hopscotch board so the family can jump and hop in the squares and get some exercise while spending quality time together. You can also draw shapes on the sidewalk and have your kids jump to the different shapes or create a “Twister” board for even more laughs.

5. Cycling

Buy some new cycling clothes in bright colors and take the family on a cycling adventure. You can cruise the neighborhood in your new tank tops and biking shorts or visit one of the parks in your area. You and your little ones can travel on the biking trail and see some of the trees, flowers, and small animals native to your city or town. You can even play some of your favorite music as you ride for motivation or to make the excursion more relaxing.

6. Backyard Obstacle Course

Turn your yard into a fun and interactive obstacle course by creating several fun activities for your little ones to enjoy. Use a few old tires to create a path your kids can jump through and use old potato sacks so everyone in the family can race each other. Fill the kiddie pool with toys of geometric shapes and instruct each child to find the “correct shape. Set up a few lightweight tunnels in the yard for children to crawl through to get to the next obstacle course activity. You can also set up a station for blowing bubbles or popping balloons to make the course especially interesting and memorable.

These activities can make this summer enjoyable and help your kids stay physically active throughout the season.

Tim Esterdahl

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