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5 cheap summer activities for kids.
It’s summer break and I wanted to share with you 5 cheap summer activities for kids. The time has come where our kids are home again for the next two months. You may be enjoying sleeping in again, if you don’t have littles who wake up super early! Either way, we all know how fast children get bored at home. My kids constantly want something to do! It’s always “mom, mom, mom!” if they don’t get what they want right that second. Seriously, it can get frustrating not having some fun activities planned for the entire summer break.
I never once wanted my babies home, bored. Sure, it was different when my oldest was just one sibling and a baby. Mostly, I was concerned about naptimes and getting her to love her sippy cup. She was my only. But now that she has a sibling and they are getting older, I don’t want them bored at home watching way too much Netflix. I want them to enjoy themselves to the fullest and most of all, have fun.
Too much television isn’t ideal all summer long.
Growing up, I feel as though I watched WAY TOO MUCH television. As I am raising my children now, I look back and realize that was not the most healthy way to go. There’s nothing wrong with television, but too much isn’t all that good for you. Nowadays, kids are obsessed with Shopkins and all types of cute cartoons. I watched mostly Nickelodeon and then Spongebob. Honestly, it wasn’t all that great in my opinion. Growing up, I would have preferred having more options for activities. Since I never did, I often found myself wishing I had some fun family memories to look back on.
These summer activities are perfect for 5-7 year olds.
I think it’s important to have some fun summer break activities planned for your kids on hand, especially to limit screen time. As a child, I did not enjoy especially fun summer breaks. I don’t especially have many fun vacation memories as a child. Needless to say, that affected me very much. This has motivated me to make sure my kids get to experience fun summer breaks and took it upon myself to brainstorm on fun and productive activities to do together as a family. A few children have their sports lined up or other activities going on. You can do these summer activities with your kids in addition to sports.
Summer activities for kids.
- Swimming classes. This idea is perfect for littles who do not know how to swim yet! Local classes can be found online and are super affordable! Some may be pricier than others so look around first, before you purchase swim classes. Pick what works for you and your child.
- Check out your local library’s calendar for kid’s events for the summer. Not to mention, your local library offers the summer reading program as well as your child’s school. It’s so important to keep up with reading so your children don’t fall behind over the summer break. Last year, for my daughter’s summer break we went to almost every event listed in the library’s calendar.
Use the library as a resource for free summer activities for your kids.
It was so much fun and super educational. She got to play with her classmates who also attended these local library events. Above all, these events are completely FREE. It’s also a great opportunity for moms to make more friends. We all know how tough and challenging it can be to be a stay at home mom, have friends, and be happy, which you can read more on that here.
- Plan those beach trips! If you live close by to the beach you’re in luck. Kids absolutely love beach trips. My kids enjoy the beach and so do I! Have some me time and soak up the sun while your kiddos play. Getting to breathe in that fresh beach air is so awesome. You can even get some cheap one dollar beach toys from the Dollar Tree and be on your way. You can purchase affordable beach toys for your children here:
Want to save even MORE money on these beach trips to entertain your littles? Pack their lunch. Some tasty peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and juice boxes with snacks, are a great and affordable way to fill up your kiddo’s tummies.
Reading is still fun!
4. Stock up on workbooks, crafts supplies, and coloring books. My child absolutely loves workbooks. There are affordable ones from the Dollar Tree and you can also get multiples and save yourself some cash. You know me, always looking for ways to save money. We do about 4-5 pages a night and that really helps her out with keeping up with her studies daily. Reading and writing is so important for children. Summer doesn’t mean break time. Reading is fun, all year round. You can grab those cheap workbooks here:
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- Long park days with your loved ones. Time to pull out bikes, scooters, and roller blades! Grab some bubbles, pack lunches, and bring the sunscreen. My kids love long days at the park. It’s free and gets them tired! Plan out adventures and go on a scavenger hunt if they get bored. Trust me, there’s nothing more fun for your child than mom and dad playing with them and making an effort to spend time with them. My kids love that!
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This is their summer break. They’ve had a long year at school and they want to relax. Make their break enjoyable, and above all, have lots of fun!
Until next time,