The end of summer is right around the corner which means it’s time to start packing in as much fun as possible (like you haven’t been already)! It seems kind of strange to think that there is really only about a month left before summer break is over, all the kids go back to school, and it is officially the end of summer.
Although both of my children are still pretty young, even they get a summer break at daycare. There is less focus on learning new material and more focus on enjoying the summer heat. Can anyone say pool time?
I feel that summer time is a time to relax before dealing with the bitter cold winter months coming up (at least where I live in good ‘ol South Dakota). Every chance I get I find a fun new activity for me and my kids to do. I wanted to share these activities with you. Hope you enjoy!
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5 Things to Do with Your Little Ones Before the End of Summer
I couldn’t pass up on sharing this idea. What better way to get your little ones used to the outdoors than by having them partake in a scavenger hunt through nature. Go on the bike trails or for an easy hike and take along the free scavenger hunt printable checklist provided in the link. The items are easy enough for younger and older kids to identify and find while keeping entertained in the process.
If your toddlers are like mine they love anything that involves playing in the water. That’s why getting some foam fish cutouts or fake fish to put in a little pool is such a great idea. I was able to find my fish here on Amazon. My kids love playing with these not only in the pool, but in the bathtub, too.
Bonus: there are two of each type of fish so you can make it a matching game as the kids find them.
To complete the game a net is needed. I used a scooper hooper, as it’s called, because it’s the perfect size and what I had on hand. I thought it worked great for my little ones.
Not only is this game fun, but it also helps with hand-eye coordination and fine motor control. My kids have a blast every time we play this game. It is one of my go-to’s for enjoying some time outside.
3. Outdoor Movie
There are a few different ways you can do this. In my city there are weekly outdoor movie nights in different areas. Check your location to see what’s available.
If you don’t have this option or would rather stay home to do a cool set up, look no further. Here’s a few steps to get you started.
- Screen area: If you have a fence place a plain white sheet over it and hold the sheet down using some clamps. If you don’t have a fence you can pin a sheet against a shed or use the side of a garage.
- Projector: You will need to buy a projector to be able to do this idea or at least borrow one from a friend. We opted to borrow one from a friend since this is not something we do very often(maybe next summer). If you prefer to have you own there are a few good options on Amazon. Check out the Dihome HD Multimedia Video Projector which is under $100. It had some very good reviews and overall would be the one I will buy when it comes to it.
- Seating: One of the best things I have found to use is a big inflatable pool. I have the Intex Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool which is big enough for my family of four. Make sure the pool is nice and full, fill it with blankets and pillows, and get ready to relax. Another ideas is to use an inflatable bed or go with some good old fashion chairs. I personally like the pool idea the best.
- Snacks: You can’t have movie time without a few snacks. Since you are outside you could roast a few marshmallows as you all watch the movie or have some tasty popcorn. I like to cook my popcorn over the stove. I think it tastes way better than the bagged kind. If you would rather not use the stove try some microwaved popcorn or one of the bagged varieties like the cheddar flavor, yummy!
Once you have completed all of these steps be prepared to have a fun and different movie experience!
4. Ice Paint
Painting is fun in a lot of different ways. Get your child’s creativity going by making some ice paint. All you need is two ingredients: dye and water. You will also need an ice tray or two with some popsicle sticks.
You can start off by grabbing one or two ice trays. Make it more fun by allowing your little ones to help you. Fill the tray with water (just be careful not to fill each one to full or the colors will mix) and your little one or little ones can choose which colors they want in each section. Let them place a few drops of each color if you’re comfortable with it.
Make it scientific by asking them what they think will happen to the water after it comes out of the freezer and what will happen when they try to paint with it. This will help your child build problem solving skills.
5. Backyard Fort
Backyard tent forts are the coolest! I remember when I was a kid I had a small canvas, tepee tent that I absolutely adored which is why I decided to build a tent in the backyard for my kids.
I took the easy route and strung up a rope between my fence and shed. Once the rope was in place I put a rarely used blanket over it, placed some blankets and pillows inside it, and snuggled up with my kids while looking at some books.
Another option is to build a tent that your kids can use inside or outside. Here is an example of how you can make your own.
Even if you don’t do everything on this list there’s still some time to try a few before the end of summer. Whatever you try I hope you all loved it. Let me know what you think of each end of summer activity in the comments below.