20 Fun Filled Activities for Summer
As school is ending and summer is upon us families can spend more time together relaxing and having fun.
As parents it's essential to have a number of ideas ready to connect with our kids and to build memories.
It is also important that those ideas be inexpensive and relatively easy to do.
Here are 20 suggestions for fun summer activities.
1. Go to the park and feed the ducks.
2. Visit the library and sign up for story time or for the summer reading program.
3. Play flashlight tag after dark.
4. On a day that is too hot to go outside, build a fort from blankets and sheets and read books and eat snacks inside.
5. Have a cookout with your neighbors and let the kids set the menu and help prepare the food.
6. Play in the sprinkler with your kids – don’t just watch.
7. Teach your kids how to fly a kite or build a paper sailboat.
8. Go to a museum.
9. Pick a charity and volunteer for a day.
10. Have a picnic – in your own backyard.
11. Plan a special time with each child individually, letting them pick the activity.
12. Plan a back yard carnival and invite all of the neighborhood kids to attend. You can have ring toss, golf putting games, matchbox car races, pin the tail on the donkey, and much more.
13. Research your family history learning as much as you can about each family member - create an art project to represent your family tree.
14. Catch lightening bugs or create a bug collection.
15. Visit a local public swimming pool. Remember to supervise carefully.
16. Set out a big puzzle and do a little bit each day as a family – when complete use puzzle glue and frame the puzzle.
17. Use sidewalk chalk to draw pictures of your family and favorite places.
18. Create a bird feeder out of a milk jug or buy an inexpensive one and see how many different kinds of birds you can identify over the summer.
19. Let your kids create a play with props and costumes - make tickets and invite family and friends to watch.
20. Create a scrapbook of the fun activities you are doing this summer.
20 Tips To Prevent Childhood Drowning
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 4, and the
second leading cause for children 1 to 14. Childhood drowning is a silent killer.
You won’t hear splashing or yelling. Most childhood drownings happen during a brief lapse in supervision.
Follow these suggestions to help prevent this tragedy from happening to a child you know.
SWIMMING POOL SAFETY:
1. Appoint an adult who can swim to watch children in the pool.
The supervising adult should not read, talk on the phone, or do any other distractng activity!
2. Swimming lessons will not make your child “drown‐proof”. Even good swimmers can drown.
3. Keep ladders, furniture and toys away from above‐ground pools. Toddlers are great climbers!
4. Fence in your pool completely and install a self‐closing, self‐latching gate.
5. Young children should wear personal flotation devices, but these devices do not replace adult
6. Remind baby‐sitters and other caregivers not to leave children unattended near water.
7. Keep pool water clear and remove floats and other toys when the pool is not in use.
8. Learn CPR and keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers near all pools.
9. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because of the shallowness of a baby pool. Small children can drown in 2 inches of water… so always keep them within arm’s reach.
Empty baby pools immediately after each use and store upside‐down.
10. Teach your child to stay away from all types of water unless they are with an adult.
Even if you don’t have a pool, your neighbor might. It doesn’t take long for a child to wander out of your yard and head straight for the neighbor’s pool.
SWIMMING POOLS ARE NOT THE ONLY DANGER:
11. Never leave a young child alone in a bathtub or allow a sibling to watch a younger child.
If you need to leave the bathroom, take your child with you!
12. Infant bathtubs and seats are bathing aids, not safety devices.
13. Keep the toilet lid down and use a toilet seat lock to keep children from opening the lid.
14. Put a latch on the bathroom door to keep unsupervised children out.
15. Five‐gallon buckets, washtubs, even coolers pose a threat to babies
and toddlers who may topple into them. Empty and store all buckets and large containers out of children’s reach.
16. When having a picnic in a park or camping near a lake or river, find out ahead of time
where the bodies of water are so you can make sure your children are with an adult if they go off to explore,and where to look FIRST if they go missing.
17. Older children and teenagers will take more risks around water.
Remind them to stay within designated swimming areas and swim with a buddy, never alone.
18. In winter, water may not be completely frozen … don’t take a chance, stay off the ice!
19. Decorative ponds and fountains have become very popular.If you have a pond or fountain in your yard or are visiting someone who does, it is important to watch your child at all times.
Children love to play in water!
20. A child can drown in the time it takes to answer the phone or run to the restroom. Supervision is the key to preventing accidental drowning deaths.
Be Water Wise… SUPERVISE!