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Celebrate Your Summer

The library books have been returned (hopefully), the school clothes put away (hopefully) and parents and kids will embrace summer with gleeful joy followed inevitably by a “Now what are we going to do?”

In order to prepare our kids for the world, we sometimes forget to teach them how to relax. While making plans for summer camps, vacations and classes, feel free to schedule some do nothing time. Better yet, forget the  schedule altogether and remember the fun of  spontaneous adventures. Here’s a suggestion list of easy and practically no effort summer fun ideas:

The Great American Backyard Campout is Saturday, June 23, but you can celebrate it any night this summer. You don’t need to make a fuss, just grab the tent and some hot dogs and have fun. If you want to try your hand at something a little tastier than dogs on the grill, check out this list of recipes.

Never underestimate the power of a glow stick. They are safer than sparklers, and you can put them in a balloon or in the tub at bath time. Word is, parents can carefully cut open a glow stick and add it to bubble juice to make glow in the dark bubbles. You can also empty the contents of a glow stick into a jar and add some diamond glitter, seal and shake and you’ve got a beautiful fairy light. Check out more ideas here.

Never underestimate the fun you can have with glow sticks!

Parents should also think of PVC pipes as their friend, from making home-made sprinkler walls, a Quidditch pitch or an obstacle course. Look to Instructables for ideas or even more ambitious items here.

Most of all, appreciate the longer days and time together. Try to look less at the calendar and more at the back yard. One way for your little ones to mark time without feeling stressed is as easy as pumpkin pie, or pumpkin seeds to be exact. Don’t follow the big chain marketing guides who want you to think about back to school shopping in June. When school is out, plant a pumpkin seed in a container with this poem as a reminder:

When you see me in the fields,

My orange glowing in the sun,

It’s time to say goodbye to summer

and hello to autumn fun!!

Until then, enjoy summer.