Four Activities to Start the Summer Season – Indoors or Out!

Summer Calendar_Icon4The first day of summer is Friday, June 21. And whether it’s an inside or outside kind of day, these ideas are creative memory-makers for the whole family – or the whole neighborhood!

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 1) Hop to It!

Outdoors: Sidewalk chalk and a safe concrete surface are all you need to create a hopscotch court. Played alone or with friends, this classic children’s game builds confidence and dexterity while encouraging physical activity.

Indoors: Create a hopscotch court on your floor using a paper roll and chalk, crayons, or markers to bring the party inside.

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2) I Scream, You Scream

Outdoors: Churn your own homemade ice cream on the back porch, or caravan to the neighborhood ice cream parlor and enjoy your treats outside. Drips are part of the fun.

Indoors: Nothing says summer like an ice cream party. Host your own with a variety of flavors, cones, and toppings and let kids get creative. Pretend play continues afterward with a pretend  Ice Cream Play Set!

3) When Life Hands You Lemons…

Outdoors: Make a lemonade stand! Homemade lemonade and fresh-baked cookies will coax a smile from even the sourest pouts.

Indoors: Make lemon-scented soap using a soap kit from a crafts store, yellow food coloring, and lemon essential oil or lemon peel.

4) Water, Water Everywhere

Outdoors: The first day of summer begs for a run through the sprinkler or a water balloon fight.

Indoors: Make your own natural, non-toxic bubble solution for hours of fun.  You’ll need:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbs. dish soap or liquid laundry detergent
  • 1 tbs. glycerin
  • 1 tbs. white sugar

Using a sealable jar, dissolve the sugar in the warm water, then add glycerin and soap. Fashion colorful wands in fanciful shapes using pipe cleaners and your “twisted” imagination!

What are your first day of summer traditions? Share your comments with us or join the conversation on Facebook.

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This post was created for our 2013 Summer Fun Calendar series. Click for more info.