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Beat Your Kids’ Boredom This Summer with Fun Summer Activity Suggestions

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Having your kid’s home this summer should not be something you dread. If you do dread it it’s probably because they get in your way while you’re trying to clean up, work, or just run errands. Kids usually get really bored during the summers because they’re on summer break and their parents are working therefore their fun is very limited to inside of the house or at somebody’s else’s house where they stay while you work. If you’re looking for ways to entertain your kids this summer and you want some low cost ideas then keep on reading this article.

Low-cost ideas for kids summer breaks are endless. There is literally numerous ways that they can have fun while doing activities at home that cost little or no money at all. The following ideas below are just some of them. You should not limit yourself to these but definitely mention them to your kids and maybe even the neighborhood friends.

– Have fun in the yard with sprinklers and watermelon: This is great, especially if you get hot summers in your area. Having a sprinkler going outside and letting your kids get wet in it while maybe playing tag and listening to music can certainly be entertaining. Let them have some friends over and take out some of the water guns that are stored away in the garage for them to play with, a water slide, and even some balls for them to play around with. Once they seem tired out you should take out a bowl of watermelon for them to munch on. You will not have to worry about them getting all sticky because they’ll be in the water. Watermelon is great for water fun!

– Make a neighborhood sports team: If your kids are really into sports then maybe you should consider letting them form their little sports team with the neighborhood kids. This could have them occupied and entertained the whole summer. All they need is to gather all their sports equipment with the rest of the other kids and find a nice spot to play. If they like baseball then the street is perfect as long as there’s a chaperon, if they like other games then they can look to someone who has the space and equipment at their house to play. Most parents will agree that this is great for kids as it allows them to not be bored, to get to build long lasting friendships, and even get workouts in daily. Make sure to provide enough refreshments for them and a lot of healthy snacks. They’ll be really thirsty and starving at all times after such strenuous activity.

– Visit the library: If you have a kid who doesn’t like to be outside or if you have a kid who is just more interested in books ands school than on sports and outdoor activities then the library is the place where you want them to be this summer. At most public libraries you can get your kids a free library card or some are less than ten dollars and then your kids can check out unlimited amounts of books to take home this summer. They can also just hang out there at the kid’s center which has computers that they can use, supervision by staff, and even activities and book readings. They can also meet up there with friend and then be picked up at a later time. They can take their backpacks with them maybe with some lunch which they can eat outside in a bench or something. This is great!

– Go online to play games, get printable, and even start a project: Now this might not sound so fun to some kids, but if you set up your kiddo with a gaming account at maybe or at and you surf around with them you are sure to have them entertained at the computer for hours. There are many printables also that can be coloring book pages, cut and paste activities, and even activities pages which will allow your kids to have more activities to do this summer.

If you were looking for great summer ideas for kids to stay entertained close to home and at a low-cost I hope that you found this article helpful!

 

 

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A Game Plan to Make Chores Fun for Kids

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Oh, those dreaded chores. We don’t like them, and we sure don’t expect our children to like them, but since they
have to be done, why not try and make a game out of it? First, start referring to the chores or housework as projects. Also, I have noticed if I tell my kids at least a few hours in advance about upcoming projects they handle it better because they are mentally prepared. Also, tell them its going to be a lot more fun this time, and explain how it will work (as you will see in the scenario below).

Children love to pretend they are grown up, so this is the perfect opportunity to tell them you will be playing a “grown up” game. For this game, you will be assigning executive titles such as a Creative Director and a Project Manager. If you have more than two children, you can either have multiple directors and managers, or you can split it up per chore. Be sure to tell them the CEO (a.k.a. Parent) has the right to override any unfair decisions.

The Creative Director will make a plan for the project and can decide the order things are done as well as evenly
delegating responsibilities. The Project Manager can handle problems, review the results upon completion and give recommendations. Either way, each child still contributes to the chores, but this way they are given an extra
grown up responsibility for the project. It helps children get into their respective roles if you give each of them a clipboard to record their plans, sketches, notes, etc.

The Scenario:

It’s time to clean the bathrooms so my daughter will be the Creative Director. Therefore, she will decide which bathroom is cleaned first and who cleans what. She will be able to pick out which towels and cleaning products we’ll use and gives recommendations for the order of how things should be done. She sometimes draws a sketch or makes an outline detailing her plan for the success of this project.

At the same time, my son will be the Project Manager. While he doesn’t have a lot of work to do up front, he knows he has some big, executive responsibilities on his shoulders. He will be the one who makes sure we have everything we need and prepares for and handles any problems that might occur. He also does the final walk through reporting on what was done successfully and what needs a little more work.

While all this is going on, I am assisting in helping the project become a success. I’m there for questions and to help them as needed.

This has worked for years at hour house, and my kids love it. I have found if we respect our kids by giving them
such prestigious titles and jobs, they will surpass our expectations and best of all the chores will be done without any struggles. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

 

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Igloo Pop: A Fun Game for Kids

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src=”http://www.gateplay.com/images/products/detail/Igloo_Pop_board_game.jpg” width=”” height=”” />Okay, Igloo Pop might appear to be a game for children, but in the end it also works very well as a game for adults who are sick of playing too many games with complicated strategies. The basic idea of the game is to guess how many beads are in the container you shake and place it on one of the face up cards if you think one of the cards that are on the table indicate how many beads are in your container. You begin the game with 10 wooden disks of your color which indicate your guesses because they must be placed with the igloo when you make your guess.

Okay, now that you have a basic idea how the game is played, I will give you a more detailed explanation. There are twelve igloos in the game. Each one has anywhere from two to thirteen beads in it. There are also nine cards dealt from the deck face up. Each card either has a number on it or a range of numbers. The cards are all worth points with the ones having a specific number on them being more valuable than ones with a range. The game is for two to six players, and one person is chosen to announce the start of the round. When it starts everyone picks up an igloo and shakes it. Then they choose if they think one of the face up cards is a good guess as to how many beads are in the igloo. If they do then they place one of their scoring markers in the igloo and put it on the card they think is the number or range of the beads in that igloo. This continues until all the igloos are placed on the cards or nobody wants to place another igloo on the card.

A couple things to keep in mind when playing igloos in the cards. The first one is about cheating. The correct number of beads is on the igloo. Make sure people are not looking at this number, it ruins the game. As long as everyone plays fair this can be a fun and entertaining game. The other thing to remember is that people can place two igloos on the same number card. After the results are examined to see who will receive points.

Any igloo that is correctly placed on a card gets that card (with the points associated with it), and their scoring disk back. If there are multiple igloos on one card and only one is correct, the person with the correct guess also gets the scoring disks from the people who placed their igloo on that card incorrectly. If none of the igloos on the card are correct then everyone that placed those igloos loses their scoring disks to the bank. Finally, if two igloos are correct the one with the higher number of beads in it wins that card (but the other person gets their scoring disk back). You may ask “how can two igloos be correct?”. Well remember some cards have ranges, so you could have someone playing an igloo on the high end of the range and one in the middle, the igloo that is at the high end would “win the card”.

After each round all the igloos are shuffled so nobody knows which one had how many beads in it. Any claimed cards are replaced by new ones from the deck (unclaimed cards remain). The game continues until all the cards are claimed, or until one player has no more scoring disks. At that point everyone totals their points from their claimed cards and adds it to their scoring disks and the highest total wins the game.

As I said, this was intended as a kids game. As you can probably guess though after reading this review it works for adults as well. I was really shocked by how it worked one time with our family members playing it with the kids in the family. At that point I knew it would fit a niche as far as desires for games in my group of adult friends. It works great for that night you want to play “a game that doesn’t require me to think”. Of course if you have kids this is also great for them as it was intended for them originally. At around $20 it’s not a bad game to purchase if you have kids that you think would enjoy it. Honestly as an adult I wouldn’t buy it just for a group of adults to play, but if someone has kids and has the game then encourage them to bring it with them for those nights you don’t want to strain your brains.

 

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Kick the Can, a Game of Fun and Honesty

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Kick the Can has been played by just about all of us at one time or another. The game teaches about playing fair as well as compassion for others.

Down through the years, the game usually was played with a plain clean tin can. We always found that Coffee cans worked the best because they were larger than the average can. The game is best played if you have five or more kids at a time. However, it is possible to play with at least three.

The game starts out with one person being “it”. They would hide their eyes and count to 25. During this time, the rest of the kids would try to find a good place to hide. One could hide in bushes, behind a tree or steps, in a garage, besides a car, or wherever they could be concealed the best.

The object of the game is to kick the can before “it” steps on the can and describes where you are at. Once you are caught, you honestly give yourself up and sit in a particular area. This area could be steps going into a house or a part of the sidewalk. You then stay there until all are caught or someone kicks the can. Once the can is kicked, you run off and hide again. “It” must retrieve the can and place it in it’s selected spot before they can again start calling people out. The last person caught becomes the new “it.”

Compassion comes into play when a person who has been “it” for a long time is allowed to catch everyone. Honesty is displayed, when kids that are caught, give themselves up. There are no referees or umpires. The game is governed by the players themselves. A player that cheats is frowned on by the other players. Praise for each other over their style of play is encouraged by the other kids.

The game can be played at any time of the day. However, it works better at night or in the twilight hours as it starts to get dark. Players are not permitted to leave the area until the can has been kicked away from it’s area. Anyone that got caught cheating and leaving too soon was admonished and made “it.”

Like many other games, there can be different versions played. This is mainly for adjustment to the location. For example, if there are not a lot of places to hide, “it” might have a saying before he can step on the can and call out a player. This gives the player time to close in for his chance to kick the can. If there is a handicapped child, the distance on how far you are allowed to kick it can vary. Sometimes players are allowed only to bunt the can lightly. This gives a handicapped child a better chance.

This part of the game is teaching sportsmanship. Players are learning not to take advantage of handicapped players. We even had a player that had a speech impairment. With him, we allowed him to step on the can and yell the word “Caught.” He would then point at an individual instead of saying his name.

Kick the can was a game of fun but, it also taught us how to officiate ourselves fairly and to respect the other children that we played with. Some of our parents thought that the game was dangerous. They thought this because, we liked to play at night and the idea of kicked objects didn’t sit right with them. However, they had very little problems with our behavior because we refereed ourselves.

The game that we played as a child had a lot of carry over values to adulthood. Many of those values today we count on to make a difference in our society and way of life.

 

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The Saint Louis Science Center Fun for All Ages

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The Saint Louis Science Center has a wide variety of exhibits that is constantly changing. Right now at this moment the highlighted exhibit is called Dinosaurs Unearthed. This exhibit is the largest exhibit that Saint Louis has ever hosted and it is filled with many different unique items. In this exhibit you will see fossils of dinosaurs, feathered covered dinosaur models, many life like sculptures. The exhibit will create a feeling that will transform you mind and make you feel as if you are actually in the same time period of the dinosaurs. This exhibit will excite your young children with animatronic life size dinosaur replicas. This exhibit is not included in the normal free admission to the Saint Louis Science Center but it costs $12.50 adult non member and $10.50 child non member.

The Saint Louis Science Center does have many great exhibits and hands on experiements that are included in the free admission to keep your whole family busy. You have to pay to park but other than that your whole family can get in free and have fun for the whole day. In the discovery room of the science center you can go and take your young children ages 3-7 to be young scientists. Children get to experiement with different properties like magnets, water experiments. The discovery room is great for the whole family to come together and discover nature and the world around us.

Don’t forget to check out the Omnimax theater within the science center. This theater is not like your normal movie theater it is unique and one of a kind. You have to pay for this experience it is not included in the free admission. It is free for members but non members pay $8.00 adult and $7.00 child or senior. The Omnimax theater is different because you do not just look straight forward like a normal movie theater does but you lie back in your seat. And then the movie turns on and it is all around you and above you on the dome shaped ceiling. This will make you feel as if you are running with the zebras in the African plains or flying through the air with the stars like an astronaut. This experience is well worth the money and lots of fun, I took my 8 month old in it and he actually loved it.