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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!!
What child is not looking 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. Whether you were already homeschooling before the pandemic or even stuck with it since then, either way, kids are ready for a long summer break!
BUT for you as a mom, adventure might look like a quiet retreat by yourself! It’s better to be ready for your kids with ideas to keep them busy this summer.
Before you know it, your kids will all be grown and the house will always be quiet and you’ll wish they were still home causing a ruckus.
It always took about one week before my kids were needing some structure AKA adventure!
Have you adjusted your summer routine?
It is not a bad idea to make a relaxed grace-filled summer routine so you are prepared to roll without being irritable. Believe me, I learned through my failures.
Your kids will be adults before you know it, enjoy them while they are growing up! Your influence on their lives is for such a short time. Using fun summer things to do is a great way of giving them structure while speaking into their lives.
When the heat soars and your brain is fried, kids become bored and come asking for ideas.
It’s a good thing to sit down with a tall glass of sweet tea and brainstorm before the need arises. You can find ideas on Pinterest or an activity book.
When kids get hot and sticky, too often they also become cranky and miserable.
An adventure can change up their outlook as well as yours because there is something wonderful in making your children happy!!
Stayvay ideas work any summer but this summer, adventures at home are the real deal!
Tip #1: Adventurous Frozen Delights
Food is comforting and makes children feel loved and cared for.
It is a good start to an adventure to have a homemade frozen treat!
Then sit together (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 creamWITH 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 and make a summer bucket list for your kids, 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 your kids 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 outdoor activities to do when most summer events have been canceled this summer!
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, and 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!
The good thing is that all these adventures are probably available to do in your area. They are in mine.
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?