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Summer Ideas for the Family
Summer 2020 Ideas
- Family game night: Have a weekly game night, and rotate who chooses the game.
- Family dance party: Host a family dance party to all sorts of different music and show the kids you can boogie (or salsa). Invite more guests via Zoom.
- House or neighborhood scavenger hunt: Set up a scavenger hunt with clues at the end that involve a prize such as a favorite dessert or the winner's choice of movie night pick.
- Create light: Make candles from scratch with yummy smells to give as presents.
- Face painting: Learn to face paint and practice on each other. Hold a contest over Zoom to vote for "best paint job," "most realistic," "best superhero" and "scariest animal."
- Lego challenges: Give everyone a bag of Lego pieces and charge your crew with building a house, a store, a park, their school or a castle in the sky — and then set the timer. Creativity wins! (There are great 30-day Lego challenges to be found online.)
- Create a splash pad: Before there were nearby pools or even living in a beach town, we'd turn on the hose in the backyard to cool down. Sometimes we'd add plastic bags on a slope to make a slip and slide.
- Map the neighborhood: Walk your neighborhood and see if your family can make a map from your house to another location. If they can't get off your property, have them do it inside.
- Eat someplace else: Pick another state or country with food you like, cook it and listen to their music during dinner and bring some phrases to the table from that location.
- Signs of thanks: Make signs for your lawn that thank anyone your family is grateful for.
- Book/movie combo: Read the book, then watch the movie, then discuss the differences.
- Broaden your worldview: Read or have your parents read you age-appropriate books about cultures different than yours and theirs (whatever that may be).
- Take pictures: and create different collages.
- Collect items: stuff for our lockers & bring a white board to write down & share things you like (5th graders).
- Camping/tenting: in your yard or at a campground.
- Visit Parks: dog park or new/different parks near your home.
- Visit Lakes: go to different lakes with family & friends (if able to).
- Connect: with friends & family members. Spend time with loved ones through video, phone calls, or outside activities.
- Create Pokemon: draw or create Pokemon using aluminum foil and craft sticks.
- Look for wildlife: keep track of what you find & you could even draw what you find.
- Make a fort: use pillows, blankets, maybe even a mattress.
- Food challenge: try new food & maybe try something extra spicy or sour.
- Walk challenge: challenge yourself/family to go on a walk for 30 days (take your dog too, if you have one).
- Make origami: create something new.
- Collect Food: donate food to the food shelf (like Ralph Reeder).
*Compiled from CNN article & VH Students