Summertime brings with it warm temperatures, sunny skies and restless little children wanting to get out and have fun. If you have trouble thinking of ways to keep your energetic little ones occupied in the summer, try sticking with the basics. Instead of planning too many lengthy or complicated events, give your children a summer full of activities, which really capture the idea of summer fun.
Swimming skills can benefit your preschooler throughout childhood and well into adulthood. Take advantage of the summer by taking your preschooler to a lake, pool or beach to help her learn how to swim. If you're introducing your child to the water for the first time, consider signing her up for swimming lessons at your local community center. If your little one is a "summer baby," consider celebrating her birthday with "swim" party at a neighborhood pool -- or in your own backyard if you happen to have your own pool.
If your preschooler loves doing arts and crafts, plan a few fun summer-themed craft activities. Choose projects that make him think of summer fun. For example, you can color or paint the back of a paper plate yellow and glue construction-paper handprints around it to look like rays of the sun. You might also want decorate a picture frame with summer-themed foam cutout shapes -- and put a picture of your child in a swimsuit in the frame. Another fun project is to sculpt sea creatures using handmade salt dough.
Visiting Farms and Orchards
Do you live in an area with little to no exposure to agricultural life? Think about taking a day trip with your preschooler to a farm or orchard in the country. At some farms, your child might get to feed some farm animals like chickens, ducks and goats. If you visit an orchard or fruit-and-vegetable farms, your child can pick the produce, such as berries, peaches and corn. Some farms and orchards even host classes for parents and children that can teach you both how to make homemade soap, churn butter, or build a real birdhouse.
Hiking and Camping
If you have a very active child who loves the outdoors, you can let him really experience nature by taking him hiking and camping throughout the summer. Find a nature center with easy hiking trails -- and allow him to examine and inspect little plants and creatures throughout your hike. You can also set up a tent in your backyard to try camping in a safe and secure location to start. If you decide to take it a step further and camp in the wild with your child, look for a camping location that isn't right next to a river for safety reasons -- and check the weather ahead of time so that you don't end up huddled in a tent for the entire trip due to the rain.
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