If you are looking for some adventurous summer things to do with your kids, this is for you!
The sweltering hot weather is here and your enthusiasm for warmth has dissipated like the ice in your tall glass of sweet tea.
“Adventure, You say?!”
Getting alone in the privacy of your air-conditioned bedroom is calling your name!
The irony is that your children (who might not be acting so sweet on these hot summer days) are definitely up for an adventure!!
So, what’s a mother to do?!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Summer is here and school is out.
Have you adjusted your routine?
It is not a bad idea to make a relaxed grace-filled summer routine so you are prepared to roll without being irritable.
Your kids will be grown before you know it, enjoy them while they are growing up!
When the heat soars and your brain is fried, kids become bored and come asking for ideas.
They may not like anything you suggest, so it is a good thing to sit down with your favorite cold beverage and brainstorm before the need arises.
When kids get hot and sticky, too often they also become cranky and miserable.
An adventure can really change-up their outlook and so can yours because there is something wonderful in making your children happy!!
Tip #1: Adventurous Frozen Delights
Food is comforting and makes children feel loved and cared for.
I wasn’t one for giving my children too many sweets so do what works best for your family.
For me, it would never have worked to have my energy depleted from the heat and have my kids bouncing off the walls because they couldn’t handle the sugar content of a snack!
It is a good start to an adventure to have a homemade frozen treat.
Then sit in a huddle (not close enough to stick) and read an adventure story together.
Fill Greek yogurt into rubber-maid ice-pop molds and freeze. This is a treat that is not overly sweet and it will hit the spot and cool the body temperature when the temps hit the ceiling. Make sure you use yogurt with active cultures.
Banana Berry Smoothies give a cooling effect to children (and moms) when the temperatures are unbearable. Simply add 3 or 4 bananas to a 32oz container of yogurt and dump it all in your blender. I like adding frozen mixed berries for added yumminess. Just a little-frozen fruit or you will lose the thickness of your smoothy shake.
Make Homemade ice-cream WITH your children and freeze for a hotter day. Investing in an ice-cream maker is a wonderful thing to do when your family is young and growing. We loved making homemade ice-cream!!
Tip #2: Adventurous Indoor Activities
When it’s too hot to be outside, there are some awesome adventurous things to do with your kids.
When you plan ahead, it is easier to be less stressed and more grace-filled in your responses to your kids.
Isn’t it easy to get snappy with them when there is no school to structure their day?
I want to help you in areas that I sometimes failed at.
Popsicle Sticks. Some children LOVE building creative things with Popsicle sticks. My children did. The sky is the limit and these days you don’t have to eat all those Popsicles in order to save up enough for a project. Just go to your local craft store and buy them in bulk. Oh, don’t forget Elmer’s glue to hold the creation together!!
Beads. My girls (and even some of my boys) enjoyed working with these beads and placing them on the plastic shapes and then ironing them. This was great for improving eye-hand-coordination and they made nice gifts for Moms and Grandmas. This was a never-ending project on hot summer days when they came inside to cool off.
Pinterest. What a novel idea!! Search ahead of time and be prepared with adventurous inside ideas for your children. Maybe building something out of a huge box will work for your children. You know your children best. Start a board for a Summer Bucket List to get the juices rolling for your adventures.
Tip #3: Adventurous Outdoor Activities
Here are some ideas that we liked, substitute what is available in your location.
If you live in the desert, you might visit caves or other places of interest.
Waterfalls are fun places to visit. The ones in our area have trails, rivers, and the waterfall itself is fun to watch.
Rivers are fun and especially if you fall in!! We have wonderful memories of walking down our road to the end and then walking along the small river.
Lakes are LOTS of fun with a canoe or boat, fishing, or having a picnic.
Hikes are also fun!
Be prepared to turn your kid’s summer into an adventure!
What tips can you add that will turn your kid’s summer into an adventure?