When the weather heats up and the humidity is high, backyard fun takes on a slightly different look than it has in the temperate spring and summer months. Even when it might be too hot for regular outdoor playing activities, there are some solutions to getting the kids outdoors in the summer that will not leave them panting.
With these backyard activities and games, your children are sure to remember this as one of the most exciting summers yet!
Safe Ideas for Getting Kids Outside During the Summer
While there are certain concerns with outdoor activities in the summer, such as heat exhaustion and sunburns, these activities should be safe as long as you follow proper precautions!
Swap the kiddie pool for water toys. While kiddie pools are a classic, they are not the most interactive toys and the endless filling and emptying to keep the water clean can certainly get old for parents, too! That being said, water activities are a great tool to cool off during the summer heat, so consider more creative ways to implement them into the fun. Water balloons, inflatable water pillows and water obstacle courses are all fun ways to cool off as long as everyone is super safe about SPF.
Catch and release lightning bugs. Lightning bugs are out in full force right now, and chasing them down can be a great activity for summer as it will take place long after the heat of the day has subsided. Teach your children how to gently catch them, marvel at their light and then release them back into the wild to carry on about their business.
Move your morning crafts outside. While some days are sweltering from beginning to end, you can often take advantage of the more temperate mornings by moving your regular indoor activities onto the porch or patio. Having a morning crafting session making use of outdoor materials such as pinecones or leaves is a great way to get outside before the sun becomes unbearable.
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