Summer Fun Ideas for the kids 6/30

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Summer is the perfect time for me to plan play dates for my kids. I am able to get together with my friends while the kids play and entertain one another. It doesn’t take much to put together an impromptu picnic, drive to the local park, or buy popsicles.

My kids love doing 4-H projects during the summer. Our county extension office has a lot of fun day camps that my older kids can attend. The cool thing is that the curriculum helps me teach the things I want to teach them anyway. And, going to the county fair is free and they love seeing their projects.


We will be participating in our town’s summer activities, our local library summer reading program and also the kids bowl free during the summer program. These activities will get them out of the house getting exercise and using their minds by reading. All of them are free which makes it even better!
Chef Erik
I am a stay at home dad with three children and another one on the way in November. I am also a personal chef and baker who works from home. I am sure a lot of us stay at home parents work from home. I turn a few days a week into family cooking and baking day. Today for instance I spent baking bread, hamburger buns and hotdog buns for the family and making dough for an order tomorrow. I let all the kids help. Even my three year helps mix dry ingredients and everyone has a great time. It might get a little messy but what doesn’t with kids. It also teaches the kids some basic cooking and baking skills. If anyone is interested in what I think are family friendly recipes feel free to send me an email. Hope everyone is having a great summer so far.
I have 2 things I used to do with my son and his friends. First was I used to read him my favorite Dr. Seuss book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck. (when he got older it was Flubber) Then we would go outside and make Slime.

The other thing e used to do is pull out the bread maker, make dough for soft pretzels and then bake the pretzels. I would put out butter, parmesan cheese, cinnamon and sugar, and a melted cheese sauce. each child could create his own flavor.

Someone’s comment about painting the house with the grandkids reminded me that when my kids were younger, we used to paint the sidewalk with water in the summer. Pretty fun, and you get a clean slate very quickly!
Brittni Rogers
For the summer I do do home daycare, so there are some great activity that will keep us on a budget. I take the kids down to the park and we make tye-dyed shirts with plain white tees (i get a pack for 3.00 and they split it) Then you get paint ($1 store) and spray bottles ($1 store) and let the kids spray away! :) they love it! We do it at the start of summer, and they become our going out shirts, great way to keep tabs on the kids in a busy park
Fun Lunch Idea: Inside Out Turkey Sandwiches.. 2 Tbsp. fat-free cream cheese, 2 Tbsp. process cheese spread, 2 tsp. chopped green onion tops (opt), 1 tsp. mustard, 12 thin round slices fat-free turkey breast or smoked turkey breasts & 4 large pretzel logs or unsalted breadsticks. Combine cream cheese, process cheese, green onion & mustard in small bowl; mix well. Arrange 3 turkey slices on large sheet of plastic wrap, overlapping slices in center. Spread 1/4 of cream cheese mixture evenly onto turkey; covering slices completely. Place 1 pretzel or breadstick at bottom edge of turkey slices; roll up turkey around pretzel (Be sure to keep all 3 slices together as you roll them around pretzel). Repeat w/ remaining ingredients. Serve w/ fruit salad or sugar free jello and cut up fresh veggies w/ dip (if your kids like it or if they are old enough to eat fresh, raw veggies..


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