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THINGS KIDS CAN DO ON SUMMER BREAK FOR FREE
Kids on summer break? Here is a list of 20 things kids can do on summer break for free. Instead of letting the kids sit around the whole summer break, why not keep them busy and they will learn things as well? I didn't list things that cost money, like "go on vacation" or anything like that. These all should be accomplished without any or very little money (for food coloring for some of the ideas). Anyway, some can be done in just hours and some you can make last all day. Nothing too hard.
Spend as much time with your kids, they grow up fast and fond memories of doing stuff with their parents are the warmest memories that they will cherish forever.
20 FREE THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS ON SUMMER BREAK
Make your own Play Doh out of ingredients probably already in your kitchen: Homemade Play Doh.
Listen to songs and make up funny lyrics to replace the real ones.
Make sock puppets and put on a show.
Teach the kids how to cook. Start off simple and move up to something spectacular. Who knows, you might have another Gordon Ramsay on your hands.
Download pictures of edible plants in your area and go foraging. Some morel mushrooms are worth money and your local restaurants may buy them. Be careful of poisonous "look alikes". Some bad plants grow close to and also look almost like the good plants. Some have subtle differences, so pay attention.
Make a kite and go fly it. You can make a kite out of sticks, string and newspaper. Also a tail made out of old clothing, like a t-shirt for a long, thin tail.
Draw up a treasure map and hid little things in certain spots with clues to the next treasure.
Get some old furniture from your shed or find some by the road on trash day and either fix it up and sell it or re-purpose it and use it.
Make up trivia games about a TV show that you guys all know or the Bible.
Clean up the house and have a yard sale. Teach the kids about money and cleaning up.
MEETUP.COM allows you to find kids in your area and meet up for things to do. Also good for moms looking for play dates and more.
Get out all your photos and finally make that scapbook you've always wanted. Download and print all of the ones off of your phone as well. Print and cut out your own little scapbook doo-dads to add to your pics to make them more funny.
Go through all your old clothes and toys and donate them to local charity places. Explain to your kids why this is important and who the place is helping (find out).
Make your own finger paint and let those Picassos go to it. Finger paint recipe: Stir 4 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 cup cornstarch together. Add 2 cups of cold water and heat over medium heat until the mixture is thick (the mixture will further thicken as it cools). Divide into four or more containers, and add food coloring as desired. Done.
Make a hummingbird feeder and hang it by a window and keep watch a couple hours a day to see how many and what kind are coming. Once they learn it's there, their visits will be more frequent so make sure to keep it filled. To make hummingbird nectar, mix 1/2 cup of sugar with 1 cup of hot water. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add 1 cup of cold water. Sugar water spoils quickly in summer heat. DIY Hummingbird Feeder.
Visit your local animal shelter and see if they will let you volunteer several times a week. If not, see if you can gather donations for stuff they need, like pet food.
Visit a local museum, but make sure it will have attractions for your aged kids as well.
Shut that TV off and those video games and take the kids to the library. Have them pick out several books and give them a prize for reading it by the end of the week. (You may want to quiz them a bit from the book to keep them honest).
Find your local hiking or biking trails and get some well needed exercise.
Visit your "old folks home" and see if you guys can't cheer up some lonely individuals. You wouldn't believe how many older folks are abandoned by their children.
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