When school ends and summer break begins, many families find their schedules filling up quickly with activity after activity to keep the kids busy. After a while, all of those summer extracurricuclars can start to add up. Here are ten easy, every day, and totally free activities you can do as a family in those quiet moments between camp, traveling, or catching up on your summer reading: The best part about this list? All of these activities will help develop your family's sense of hakarat hatov, recognizing the good.
Go on a Play Date Outside
Meet up at a local park or garden. Set a summer goal to visit every playground in your neighborhood or city by the end of the summer.
Have a Water Fight
Fill up some buckets, grab some spray bottles or squirt guns, and get ready to splash, splash, splash! The best part about a water fight? On a hot day, everyone wins!
Build a Fort in the Backyard with Family or Friends
Or, if you don't have a backyard, head to the living room and make one.
You'll get some exercise and get to take a tour of your neighborhood.
Play Outdoor Games Like Tag or Hide-and-seek
Need some ideas? Here are seven outdoor activities that also keep kids sharp between school terms.
Or spread out a blanket and lay in the shade. Don't forget your copy of Thank You, Trees.
Make Mud Pies or Sand Castles
Or dig in the garden -- just go ahead and get your hands dirty.
Make a pretty bouquet for your Shabbat table!
Eat Ice Cream
Or try making one of these cool treats.
No matter what age you are, blowing bubbles is always fun. See who can make the biggest one.
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June 6, 2018