Enjoy Summer with Your Child

Summer may be the time to relax, but we have to keep those kids from bouncing off the walls now that school is out! As parents we want each summer to be more memorable than the next, and with that comes the need for a few new ideas. Parents need a proactive plan to keep the kids from uttering the words "I'm bored". These activities are what childhood memories are made of. These are the experiences that shape who they become!

Bug Safari

Summer is a fantastic time for insects, both lovely and pesky. The heat and gardens bring them out in multitudes. There is so much wildlife around the yard, the kids will love inspecting and discovering. Get your net, magnifying glass, and get your brave face on while you dig for worms, scout for lizards, catch a butterfly, and lay in the sun as you watch an ant carry an oversized crumb. Click here for a list of common garden bugs paired with a photo, in order to make your bug safari a learning adventure! Click here to learn how to make an easy, mini, ecosystem for the bugs you children collect!

To Hot to Go Outside?

While you may not have room for an open tent indoors all the time, on special occasions (like when it's just way too hot to play outside) bringing the tent indoors can be just as fun. No tent? No problem. Just make a fort with blankets. Let your kids channel their inner decorators while they gather pillows, comforters, and boxes. A fort for a child is an escape into another world, one that reaches their imagination. Playing with their same dolls, cars, whatever your kid's favorite toys are, will feel new when a fort is involved. Click here for ten creative ways to build an inside fort!

Summer Camps

Summer camps can connect kids to those who they may not normally meet! They can meet children who have had similar and different experiences. At summer camp, kids can learn that the world is a big place with a lot of people, who might do things differently than they do. Sending you child to a summer camp will increase their diversity awareness and allow them an opportunity to explore their own uniqueness.

Summer camps are also a great way to encourage self-development and develop independence! At camp, kids are empowered to take care of themselves, with guidance from camp counselors of course. Most importantly, summer camps build great memories for the future. It is a time of discovery and self-improvement and that stays with a kid long into adulthood. Below are some links to help you choose a summer camp that's of interest and near you!

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