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7 Simple Summer Pleasures Every Child Can Experience

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Let’s face it: between sports, big family vacations and summer adventure camps, we’ve really raised the bar on what makes a successful summer break. But I’m of the opinion that in summertime, the livin’ should be easy. Truth is there are plenty of simple, timeless ways to make summer special for kids…that won’t cost you a pile of money or require a full day of preparation. Here are seven simple, low-cost and totally doable summer pleasures all kids can enjoy:

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  • 7 Simple Summer Pleasures for Kids 1 of 8
    7 Simple Summer Pleasures for Kids
  • Digging in the sand. 2 of 8
    Digging in the sand.
    Who says every trip to the beach has to be an all-day affair marked by tubs of sunscreen, towels and damp swimsuits? Sometimes kids are perfectly happy just to play in the sand for an hour and then go home. Head out in the early morning or at dusk and you won't need to worry about sunscreen...in fact, you don't even need to wear swimsuits!
  • Swinging 3 of 8
    Swinging
    One of childhood's quintessential pleasures, swinging is enjoyed by all ages...and free.
  • Walk in the woods. 4 of 8
    Walk in the woods.
    No matter where you live, chances are good there's a park in your area that offers nature trails for hiking. But you don't have to plan an all-day adventure...kids love just meandering the trail for a short trip.
  • Skipping stones 5 of 8
    Skipping stones
    If you have access to a body of water - even a pond will do - you can't get much more relaxing than a good old stone-skipping session. Always wondered how to get the stone to skip? Check out this tutorial.
  • Gone Fishin’ 6 of 8
    Gone Fishin'
    I'm just as squeamish as the next wimp about putting a worm on a hook or dealing with a flopping fish, but here's a little secret about taking kids fishing: most of the time nobody catches anything, and the kids are happy anyway. Something about the anticipation, the shiny tackle and the simple pleasures of dropping a line in the water and waiting for a nibble seems to be enough to keep kids amused. On the off chance that something bites, you'll figure out what to do.
  • Shucking corn. 7 of 8
    Shucking corn.
    I consider the simple pleasures and satisfying labor of removing the husks from ears of corn to be a right and responsibility of childhood! It was always my siblings' and my job when I was a kid, and now I've passed the task on to my own kids. There's nothing like sitting on the back stoop in the late afternoon, chatting companionably over a pile of husks and knowing there will be fresh, buttery, salty corn on the cob for dinner.
  • Eating at a picnic table 8 of 8
    Eating at a picnic table
    Whether it's on a family camping trip or at the local park, there's something so fun and novel about eating outside! I remember being a kid and so loving eating at a picnic table...it felt so special to be dining at a table made with the express purpose of bringing people outside for meals. No need to make a big production out of it...just those sandwiches in a bag and head down to the park for lunch sometime.
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