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Children and teens need at least 60 minutes of physicial activity most days to stay healthy and avoid obesity. You can get creative when it comes to replacing screen time with play time, without spending alot of money.
Summer Time Activities for Children
Who doesn't like bubbles? Here are some ideas on ways you can have some bubble fun this summer. Be sure to check out the recipe to make your own bubbles!
Easy Bubble Recipe
2 tablespoons dish soap
1 cup water
Mix together and enjoy!
Hint: To make your bubbles bigger and last longer, add 1 tablespoon of glycerin (which you can find at any drugstore).
Gauze, Cheese Cloth, or Loose Weave Fabric
Scissors (ask an adult for help)
1. Have an adult make a hole in the cup that's just big enough for the straw to go through.
2. Push the straw through the hole and tape in place.
3. Cut a piece of fabric that will cover the top. Use the elastic to secure it on top of the cup.
4. Turn the pipe over and dip the fabric in the bubble solution.
5. Blow through the straw.
This idea came to us from CreativeKidsAtHome.com:
“We did a great program where we took a small kiddy pool and put something in the pool for the child to stand on (we used patio bricks). Filled pool with bubble juice and used a hula hoop to put a bubble over the kids. They loved it and we got some great pictures with them.
One of the kids blew softly when the bubble was over him and created a bubble within a bubble. I asked one of the girls if she was tired as this was the 49th time she was in the bubble. She wasn't, but I was. The next day we put on the program at a preschool chain. They said it was the best program they had ever had."
Use a vinegar/water spray solution to clean up. Without it, you could have a great big mess.
Make Your Own Bubble Wand
Find a long twig in your neighborhood for the handle, or use a chop stick. Have a grown up cut the center out of the top of margarine, cottage cheese, or other round plastic container. Tape together and enjoy.
Find a long flexible twig in your neighborhood (pine works good). Bend the tip around and tape it to the straight part of the twig.
Or try these
Those little green baskets that berries come in from the super market. All those little holes will make dozens of bubbles. A fly swatter and cookie cutters also work well.
"After watching the clowns at the circus make bubbles with their hands, my son and I went home and tried it. It took a little practice, but now my 5 year old child does it with ease. You dip your hands in the bubble solution, lock your two thumbs then slowly spread them to make a circle. Blow gentle and you will get massive bubbles." From Sarah McCormick
Scavenger Hunt Anyone?
Children enjoy hunting for hidden treasure. A scavenger hunt gives them a chance to explore, get some exercise and think creatively. Select some common things for your kids to find -- playing cards, pinecones, or shiny rocks -- and hide them around the house and yard.
Compile a list and give point values to each item -- the harder the hiding spot, the more points it’s worth. Have children take bags and start hunting! Once time is up, check the found items and add the points.
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
a few drops of food coloring
Mix all but the last ingredient in a small saucepan. Cook over a very low heat until it turns into a dough (it’ll take just a few minutes). Knead the dough on a floured surface until cool enough for kids to touch. Separate the dough into as many colors as you want to make. Put just a few drops of FOOD coloring in each ball and knead until evenly mixed.
*Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for several months.
Build a Fort
If you’re looking for a rainy day activity, nothing beats a fort in the living room. When my son was smaller he got the biggest kick out of playing in giant cardboard boxes. We would color them, and cut “windows” out for him to look through. A “fort” could be as simple as a few kitchen chairs gathered in a circle with a large bed sheet thrown across them and draped to the floor. The kids can hide from mom and dad, read books, or pretend they are camping out in the living room.
Have a Water Balloon Fight
Have several dozen water balloons filled and put into a box or laundry basket in the back yard. Have an all-out balloon fight, or make a game out of it like a water balloon toss – the kids start close together, but take a step back with each toss to increase the distance. Kids are out if their balloon breaks when they try to catch it. The last one to break the balloon is the winner. Lots of fun, but be sure to pick up the balloon remains, especially if you have very little ones or pets as they could be a choking hazard.
Kids enjoy helping others and the summer is a perfect time to strike up a relationship with your favorite charity or religious organization. Do you have an elderly neighbor that could use some help around the house? Kids can wash windows, do dishes, or rake up the yard. Just ask! For ideas on places your kids can volunteer call 2-1-1 or visit www.CompassionateKids.org
Have Your Child Create a "Mini-Me"
Find a piece of large poster board, or large heavy-duty paper (such as a butcher paper) wide enough for your kids to lie down on. You could also use the flip side of wrapping paper, especially if it’s the heavier kind. Just make sure your child lays on a totally flat surface. Use a dull pencil (less chance for boo-boos) to trace their entire body to the paper from head to toe. Now let the kids decorate their ‘mini-me’ kid to look like themselves in the same clothes they are wearing, same color eyes, hair, etc. When they are finished, help them cut out their mini-me for proud display.
Take a Hike
Summer is the perfect time to hike at your Metro Park or Maumee Bay State Park. For locations, ideas and details visit www.metroparkstoledo.com
Go For a Swim
Residents of northwest Ohio have a number of options when it comes to finding a public pool, whether for splashing around with the kids, swimming laps or killing a day in the sun.