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EAST COAST MOMMY: Enjoy the lazy days of summer with home summer camp ideas

Engaging in easy food-based activities is an easy way for kids and parents to enjoy some summer fun. Consider eating donuts from a string, for example.
Engaging in easy food-based activities is an easy way for kids and parents to enjoy some summer fun. Consider eating donuts from a string, for example. - Contributed

With many summer plans and camps cancelled due to Covid-19, many parents are struggling with ways to keep their kids entertained, engaged, and active this summer. So today, I am sharing some ideas for indoor and outdoor summertime crafts, activities, and projects that parents can do with their kids. The best part about these ideas is that they are easy to do, the supplies are easy to find, and they can be used with kids of all ages.

I love the lazy days of summer, and I don’t believe it should be too scheduled, but a rough framework can be really helpful. I love the idea of a backyard summer camp with themed days of the week. I’m thinking: Make it Monday, Take a trip Tuesday, Get wet Wednesday, Thinking Thursday, and Fun food Friday. You could just do one week of themed camp days, or you could use it as a blueprint for the entire summer.

The focus of Make it Mondays would be art and crafts. Picking age appropriate crafts is key to getting children excited about being creative. Younger kids are happy with crayons and paper and glue, but tweens and teens will prefer more sophisticated crafts like painted rocks, DIY pom-poms from yarn, embroidery thread friendship bracelets, toilet roll weaving and painting parties.

Engaging in easy food-based activities is an easy way for kids and parents to enjoy some summer fun. Consider eating donuts from a string, for example.
Engaging in easy food-based activities is an easy way for kids and parents to enjoy some summer fun. Consider eating donuts from a string, for example.

Take a trip Tuesdays will be a day concentrating on exploration. Kids can use their imagination to take a pretend trip, learn about a new place, or go virtual sightseeing on YouTube. You can also use this day to take a fun outing, like a trip to a park or trail, or campout in the backyard or living room.

Get wet Wednesdays are perfect for hot summer days. Set up water balloon pinatas, take a swim in the ocean/lake/pool, play with squirt guns, run through the sprinkler, have a water balloon fight, blow bubbles, take a bubble bath, or fill the tub with water and glow sticks.

Thinking Thursdays are all about having fun doing educational activities in a creative way. Reading and writing in a hammock, on a deck, at the beach, or at a park is wonderful. Science experiments at home (using pantry staples) is also great. I have a bunch of ideas for simple science experiments for kids on my EastCoastMommy.com blog, but if you Google, I’m sure you can find some fantastic options.

Fun food Fridays is the best way to ease into the weekend. Exploring cooking and baking with kids is education and entertaining. Engaging in easy food-based activities is also enjoyable. Consider eating donuts from a string, making homemade ice cream in a Ziploc bag, making (and playing with) edible playdough, decorating cupcakes and cookies, baking and assembling homemade ice cream sandwiches, visiting an ice cream stand, and mixing up some homemade lemonade.

Having a framework for fun is a great way to keep kids of all ages entertained this summer. I love the idea of creating a backyard summer camp tailored to a family’s specific ages and interests, don’t you?

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Gina Bell writes the East Coast Mommy column, which runs every second week. Follow her www.EastCoastMommy.comblog or contact her at eastcoastmommy@gmail.com.

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