What do/did you do with little kids during the summer for fun?

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  1. Teaching Grace

    Teaching Grace Connoisseur

    Sep 21, 2005
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    My husband has a new job (yay!!). So this leaves the kids and I to our sevles during the day. They are both little yet (3 years and 18 months). What did you do for fun with your kids when they were little? Or, what are you doing now if they are little? We go to storytime at the library every Wednesday but other than that we hang out at home and play a lot. We play outside on their new play set or play inside with all of their toys. My son is old enough to do puzzles and play dough when his little sister takes a morning nap. We do watch some TV but try to limit it. I'm just looking for some fun ideas that are inexpensive (free). Thanks!
  3. mopar

    mopar Multitudinous

    Aug 15, 2010
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    We have a tot swim at our local pool (it's a dollar a day per kid). Our library has a free program for the little ones plus the storytime.
    Most bookstores have a storytime as well.
    We signed up for a few park district activities for my little one.
  4. agdamity

    agdamity Fanatic

    Apr 25, 2007
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    Do you have a park near you? My 2-year-old LOVES to have a picnic at the park. You could also take a large storage tub, fill it with water, grab some measuring cups and have water play in your backyard. Build a fort (put a blanket over your dining room or kitchen table), grab some books, and read. There are tons of websites that offer paper crafts for kids you could do with household objects.
  5. Ranchwife

    Ranchwife Companion

    Oct 22, 2008
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    Two words - sprinkler and water!
  6. Missy

    Missy Aficionado

    Aug 5, 2004
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    Make bubbles
    Make playdoh and set up a table outside to play
    Paint rocks
    paint the sidewalk with water
    draw new pictures for a favorite story
    write to grandparents
    take a walk in the rain
    name the trees in the yard
    make animals out of pony beads
    paint pasta and make pictures
    play I Spy
  7. Mrs. Q

    Mrs. Q Cohort

    Jan 31, 2007
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    My son is 3 and this is the first summer we've had together, alone (he has always been in daycare while I worked or took summer classes, or we lived with my mom for a couple of those summers). My husband works 7:30-4:30 so it's just us.

    We go to the library 2-3 times a week -- he likes to get out of the house and we just sit and read a while and then take a few books home. Storytime is every Wednesday.

    Our movie theater shows a free kids movie every Tuesday morning.

    At home, we read, play outside, draw, do puzzles, play-doh, computer games, movies.

    The park is nice in the morning or late afternoon.

    We have an annual zoo membership, though it's 45 minutes away. I also want to take him to the local blueberry farm, and there's an exotic animal park nearby. And he loves going to the local science museum, which doesn't cost too much.
  8. teacherfan

    teacherfan Cohort

    Sep 2, 2003
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    Muesuems in my area have free days once a month
    movies (again, in my area, once a week they show kids movies (not recent ones) at a very discounted rate)
    city pool
  9. stephenpe

    stephenpe Connoisseur

    Oct 22, 2003
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    Parks are good early or late (the heat).
    Cheap little pool from Walmart is about 12 dollars.
    We bought the 25 dollar one that inflates and you can
    actually sit in it like a hot tub.
    My water bill doubled though. Libraries are great.
    They have cheap kid movies on Wed. at our local
    walk in (as the natives call it) An old movie theatre with even
    old prices.
  10. DizneeTeachR

    DizneeTeachR Virtuoso

    Mar 10, 2003
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    Does your library have a reading program?!?! You can sign up as a pre reader & get prizes?!?
    Look up sidewalk paint to make... cornstarch, water & something else... fun
    Sidewalk chalk
    Bubble paint.
    You could intro to Uno... just do the colors.
    Do you have any empty (or get any cheap) planters to plant something?
    I think like the dollar store has popsicle (plastic reusable) containers ... have lil one pick out fav juice or kool aid to make popsicles.
    Outside toys...balls, truck/cars
    Scavenger hunts (simple like bring me a flower or dandelion).
  11. teach'ntx

    teach'ntx Comrade

    Aug 5, 2010
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    This is my first summer with my girls. They are a little older (5 and 2) , but our schedule is Tues - Thurs swim team practice for my older one (younger one brings dolls or we go to the park attached) for 45 minutes then back to the house for breakfast and quick playtime. Then as many days a week as I can handle it, back to the pool for 2 hours. Then lunch and naps. After naps we have books and arts and crafts then it is time for dinner :)

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