When you think of summer, do you think of vacations? Do you think of lazy days by the pool?
I’m guessing that if you have kids, you’re thinking about how to keep them busy during the summer break. Here are a few of my favorite, frugal summer activities to do with kids:
Plant Flowers. It’s true that planting flowers may get done quicker if you just do it yourself, but if you have young children it’s much more rewarding to take the time and let them help. Even if you dig the hole and place the flower in it and just let them pack in the dirt around it – they’ll love it. When you’re all done, the satisfaction you’ll see on their faces will make the extra time letting them help worth it. Additionally, because they helped plant the flowers, they might even help you water them.
Plant a Garden. It’s important that children learn where their foods come from. So, one of the best ways to help them learn this is to show them. Plant some seeds or visit a local greenhouse to pick out some plants. They will enjoy watching the “fruits of their labor” begin to grow…and eventually get to eat them!
Make Homemade Ice Cream. One of the best treats enjoyed by all children during the summer is ice cream. So, why not make it a fun family tradition to make your own ice cream? Your children will enjoy and learn a lot as they help with the ice cream making process.
Take a walk. Summer evenings are too good to let pass by while being indoors. So, take advantage of the great weather and take the entire family on a walk around the neighborhood. If your children don’t want to walk, let them ride their bikes or pull them in a wagon. This activity is so simple, so enjoyable, and so cheap.
Visit the library. Many libraries offer special summer programs that are free for children. Check out a pile of books and pick up a movie for some free entertainment.
These are just a few ideas of things you can do with your kids when you’re on a budget. Just remember: You create memories with your children whether or not you’ve spent a lot of money. So keep the money in your pocket and bring a camera instead. They’ll love spending time with you.
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