Keeping up with the kids during the summer months can be exhausting! Not just because they are home from school, constantly under foot but also because they have so much energy to burn. Babysitters can be a great way to give you a break but can also be a big part of making summer as exciting and fun as you want it to be for your kids.
Here are some of our ideas on things your babysitter can do with your kids outside this summer:
Be creative by starting a kids garden or building a robot (start saving boxes of all sizes!)
Get sweaty jumping rope, playing Hide and Seek, or having a hula hoop competition
Cool off with a watermelon seed spitting contest or running through the sprinklers
Be “refined” playing croquet or be “silly” blowing bubbles
Spot animal shapes in the clouds after a backyard picnic
Make a lemonade stand to refresh your neighbours
Ride bikes, remembering the right safety equipment and rules
Organise a backyard treasure hunt with a map and clues
Go on a hike with the neighbourhood gang (agree with Mom how far you can go)
Host your own Summer Olympics with wheelbarrow and three-legged races, water balloon and bean bag tosses, jumping competitions and more
Become a regular at the local zoo or animal sanctuary
Go to the park and feed the ducks
Find a field and fly a kite
Kick off the summer by making a list of fun things to do outdoors using our ideas as a start but your imagination to make it your own. It will be great fun to tick things off over the summer and is also a good way for Mom, Dad and babysitter to do any required preparation or agree ‘rules of the road’ for special activities. Just get out the sunscreen and hats and get out there and enjoy the summer!
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