As the weather continues to improve we have found ourselves spending more and more time outdoors. We have finally finished planting our garden, and I have a list of home improvement projects to tackle this summer. Even with a busy season ahead of me I am still planning to have lots of fun with the boys during these warmer months. Here are just five fun family activities we have planned in the month of May.
Go For A Bike Ride. Get the family outdoors and go for a bike ride. Explore the neighborhood and see what new fun things this month has brought. While you are out and about you can practice shape, number and letter recognition with your preschooler by finding them in your everyday surroundings.
Plant A Garden. We planted our garden earlier this month and have already been having lots of fun checking on our little sprouting plants. This year we have given KC the responsibility of watering the garden. Even small gardens are full of lessons including, responsibility, how things grow, and a connection to where our food comes from. It is an unfortunate reality that there are kids in the United States that don’t realize food must be grown on farms and in gardens. Many truly believe that their food comes only from the supermarket.
Make Homemade Bubbles. My boys love bubbles. It wouldn’t be summer without them, but buying new containers of bubbles every week can be expensive. However, you can easily and cheaply make your own bubbles all summer long with just a cup of water and 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap.
Roast Marshmallows Over A Backyard Campfire. Ah summer, long day’s warm nights, campfires and marshmallows need I say more? Telling stories by a back yard campfire while roasting marshmallows and making s’mores is almost a rite of passage for every kid.
Go Fishing. To be honest this isn’t one of my favorite activities but as a boy mom it is one of the things I will be doing a lot of over the next several years. We have already been out on the boat enjoying the sun and each other’s company. Take advantage of this non-tech time to reconnect with your kids. Find out how they are doing, talk about their likes and dislikes, ask them about their friends and what they hope to do this summer. Most importantly listen to them and what they have to say.