The activities on most of the list I have read, my son and I do on a daily basis. I was searching in hopes of getting a few new ideas to change things up. No such luck. So here is our list. The list in the order that he tells me to type them, starting with his favorite.
1. The sandbox. This was also my favorite as a child. There is so much to do. Add water or don't. Use one car or twenty. Grab a tree branch to landscape your creation. Dig tunnels or just let it sift through your fingers. The sandbox is better than any video game, but oh my gosh what about the tiny grains of sand or the bugs? Get over it. Your child's sandbox is cleaner than any toilet or sink they will touch at school and probably better than their pencil too. Yes a cat could use it as a litter box and then fleas could over take it. (You could also fall while walking today, but I bet you will at least get up for the bathroom or to get a snack.) No problem, cover it after use. You should be watching your child anyway and not on the other side of the planet texting. You can even cover and text at the same time. Once a month add a little cinnamon and tea tree oil to "season" your sand and prevent tiny bugs including fleas. Yes, it is that easy. Don't have a sand box? No problem. Play on the ground. That bald spot on your lawn is there for a reason.....your child to play in. So you live in an apartment, yeah, it's called a park. Some look like the structures outside of your local school with the slide things. The bright colors usually give them away. (There are also small inside sandboxes or email me if you need help building one. They are really not as messy as you are thinking.)
2. Swim and then swim again. This could happen anywhere from extra tub time to a local pool to the beach. We cheat. We had a large pool, now a large pond plus we live within a few minutes of a lake and a couple of rivers. There is also a natural spring on our property so we have this one easy. There are many stores that sell water toys. Get some. Most are cheap and easy or spend as much as you want. Don't want to spend money? Screw a two litter soda bottle onto a water hose an stab a few holes in it for a sprinkler. Give them a bowl, cup or strainer from the kitchen while in the tub. Play in the rain. As long as it is not lightning, it is safe and the most fun your child will have. Ever. This is also your last chance at being a kid again so go for it. As they grow older so do you. Use sunblock (helps with the aging) and let the kids play long enough that you have to re-apply it.
3. Plant something in the ground or in a container. We play in the garden every day. I do mean play. We take care of our plants first by watering, harvesting and looking for bugs or weeds. Here is the shocker. While doing this we actually touch the soil. We might use our hands to dig weeds out or we might actually sit on the ground be it dirt or grass. We may even find a bug or two to examine. It is a great learning experience for him. Kids will see how things grow and how animals or bugs are useful and harmful. Don't know what you are doing? Then learn together as you go. You found this blog, surely you can research a little plant or bug. Most plants even come with a little piece of cardboard with directions on how to care for it. Don't forget number 2..... while watering have a water fight.
4. Eat ice cream and make ice cream. Do it often and at unexpected times. I have even surprised him with an ice cream bar during bath time. Sit on you front door steps talking and eating. Eat by your sand box, during a movie, (there is usually a pause button at home) after watering your garden, before watering, while watering. Take a cue from Dr. Suess. Eat it anywhere. Well almost. My son has been caught on the toilet with a bag of chips he squeezed by me. I do not recommend that for the record. Make simple frozen treats by freezing their favorite drink. The dollar store has little brightly colored trays you can use to make this easier and cheaper. They look similar to ice cube trays. The secret to popsicle trays is that there is a stick for holding the frozen goodies while eating them. Want a frozen fudge bar? Mix up some milk with chocolate syrup or a little chocolatey hazelnut for the ones not allergic to nuts. Fill your little trays with the sticks and of course pop in the freezer.
New water toy.
Using the toy as a reason to get deeper into the water the next day.
All his idea from pot to flowers and all growing with his care.
My flowers. He planted and helped hang. We have watched it go from tiny little flowers to an overflowing basket.
Yes, he is swimming in the rain and no it was not a thunderstorm with lightning.
My pretty purple toes playing in the sand.
Well, those are our top four and since it took up quiet a bit of space, I will post more later. It is not a list of 101 things to do during summer, but it is things we do daily. Maybe I am too easy going or too much of a child myself. I do love my tv, but I also love being outside with my child. It keeps us both active and happy. Now I am off to play in the rain with my little monster since a little shower has just popped up.