Summer Activities for Kids

By Kimberly Hodgkins, Senior Editor and Writer

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Make a Fun Summer Treat

Kim’s Chocolate Covered Bananas

4 bananas
8 Popsicle sticks
6 ozchopped dark chocolate or sugar-free dark chocolate 
3 Tbs. chopped peanuts or mixed nuts (optional)

To make it fun for your child, he or she can help in some of the preparation.

After peeling the bananas have an adult cut each banana in half. Your child can put a Popsicle stick in the center of each half of banana. Place the bananas in a plastic container or on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the freezer for a few hours or until the bananas are frozen.

Cover a tray with wax paper, set aside. Place nuts onto a pie plate or dish, set aside.

An adult can place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for approximately 30-45 seconds, depending on the microwave. When chocolate is melted, pour into a cup that is long enough to fit the banana.
Take bananas out of the freezer. One by one, set each banana into the chocolate until coated. Roll the banana in the nut mixture. Place on the wax paper. Eat and enjoy!

Play in the Water

Summer is an ideal time to invest in a pool. For the little ones or the kids that haven’t
 learned to swim yet, be sure to purchase arm floats or a life jacket. Don't forget the sunscreen! 
Intex 15' x 48" Metal-Frame Above-Ground Pool

Have more fun and play some pool games. If there isn't room for a pool or would like an alternative, consider investing in an outside water game.

Banzai Cannonball Splash Backyard Inflatable Water Slide

Have a Picnic

Go to a local park or simply have a picnic with your child in your backyard. Don’t forget a blanket, napkins and sunscreen! Use foods that will not spoil easy in heat and that can be eaten without having to precook. A good example is the following:

2 CinnaRai-ApplePea Sandwiches
1 plastic container filled with salad, Italian dressing 
1 bag tortilla chips
½ bag baby carrots
Your choice of drink

Serves two.

CinnaRai-ApplePea Sandwiches

4 slices cinnamon-raisin bread
Crunchy peanut butter
1 apple, sliced thinly

Spread peanut butter on four slices of bread. Place sliced apples on two pieces, cover with the remaining two pieces. Makes 2 sandwiches.

Go Camping

Find camping spots by searching on the Internet. Ideal camping spots for kids include places that have fully-functional bathrooms and playgrounds. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen and a camera!

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Go on a Alphabet Treasure Hunt

My little one loves this and it helps with understanding the alphabet, spelling and sounds. Gather alphabet learning cards or pieces of paper with each letter listed and a basket or bucket. Go outside and help your child find things (treasures) that start with the letters of the alphabet. The adult can look for things ahead of time and give the child the card and assist them by giving him or her little hints. Each time the child finds a treasure that begins with that letter, place the treasure in the basket or bucket. Also, be sure to sound out the letters and point to the beginning letter to help the child associate the treasure with letters and sounds. At the end, see how many treasures were found.

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