It’s hard to believe that school will be out in just a few weeks’ time – though in my area, we start and end later than much of the country. (When my family went on a trip South in mid-August, people wondered why our children weren’t in school!)
But with the advent of vacation comes the universal dilemma of how to keep the kids entertained. After all, you don’t really want to park them in front of the Wii or Backyardigans reruns for eight weeks, right? …Right?
Anyway, suggestions for inexpensive warm-weather activities are always welcome, and Kate Gosselin offers up some of her advice in this week’s blog for Coupon Cabin.
Like most kids, her eight can keep themselves occupied for the first week or so, “and then the cries of ‘I’m bored’ and ‘There’s nothing to do!’ start,” she writes. So she makes a list of to-dos well in advance to forestall the problem (hey, wouldn’t you do the same if you were facing a huge houseful of whining?).
Water play is first on her list. Yeah, we know, it must be nice to have a full-sized backyard pool like hers, but as she points out, even a cheap wading pool is a good way to escape the heat. For those who do have access to a larger pool, Kate suggests dropping a few dollar-store items at the bottom and letting the kids dive for them. You can assign a point value to each item and see who gets the most at the end.
Here are some more ideas for a Gosselin-icious summer:
- Round up those old plastic Easter eggs from the closet and under the bed and hold an egg hunt in July. “It absolutely thrills them and doesn’t cost me a cent!” Kate says.
- Get a roll of paper from the craft store (Kate gets hers from a local newspaper). “I roll them out either outside or in the basement on a rainy day and let the kids go crazy with crayons or markers.”
- Not the most original idea, but still fun: Pack a picnic lunch and eat it in the backyard. “If you’re feeling especially stir-crazy, take that same lunch to your local park,” Kate advises. After an afternoon of eating and romping on the playground, her kids sometimes even nap!
- Have the kids help make frozen pudding pops: Prepare the pudding, pour it into waxed paper cups, put a popsicle stick in the center of each one and freeze. Kate sends Cara, Mady, Collin, Hannah, Joel, Alexis, Aaden and Leah out to play while the pops set, then delivers the cold snack to them later.
- Finally, a sure-fire winner: Designate one night of the summer to take your family out for an extra-special treat. “I call out, ‘How about our yearly ice cream for dinner tonight?’ and the loud screams of delight times 8 answer my inquiry,” Kate says.
So there you have it – some commonsense, easy-on-the-wallet ideas for summer fun. (You can always use the money you save for a special girls’ night out with fellow moms who’ve also been hearing “I’m bored!” all day.)
What do you do with your kids in the summer?
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