Making summer fun!

By: Sarah Meikle/

We are in the midst of summer so, that probably means you have already heard the word “I’m bored!” Or, “What are we going to do today, mom?”Finding ways to keep your children entertained may start to get tricky.  Here are some ideas to keep them and you from going stir crazy!

Water beads and beach toys are all you need for this activity. You can find water beads very cheap at Amazon or Oriental Trading Company. If you don’t have beach toys you can even use measuring cups or whatever else you have on hand. Funnels would be fun, too!  A little bit goes a long way! In this case I only had a large zip lock bag full. I started with filling a storage dish with the water beads and gave the kids the beach toy shovels. They spent almost a half hour scooping the beads from one dish to the other, perfect for working on those eye hand coordination skills.

They also enjoyed feeling the beads with their hands, which is a great sensory activity.

Kaylee splash pad


Call some friends and take a trip to the park or splash pad. It’s a good idea to have play dates, to keep the kids socializing with other children. Make it an afternoon date, by bringing a packed lunch and a blanket. If you have a little one who still takes naps, the blanket comes in handy!


kaylee car wash

Kids love playing with water! So this activity should be a hit with the little ones! Grab the bikes or ride-on-toys and a bucket of soapy water and sponge because it’s time for a “car” wash!! My kids didn’t want to stop playing! You may want swimsuits for this one as they will get very wet!


cam reading on blanket

Grab a blanket, some books and find a shade tree! This is a great activity to do just before naps or quiet time. It’s a perfect way to settle down and enjoy your favorite books. Plus reading with your child is a great way to avoid the summer slide!

Keep in mind you don’t always have to try to keep the kids busy. It’s ok for them to come up with ideas on their own and fun to watch their imaginations grow when entertaining themselves.


Sarah Meikle is a Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start. She was raised in Adrian where she attended Madison Schools. She now resides in Tecumseh with her husband Andrew and two children, Camden and Kaylee.


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