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25 things for kids to do this summer

June 1, 2012
Estherville Daily News

1. Pick your own.whatever. Find a farm with blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, flowers, etc., and get picking.

2. Play outside in the rain. Smell the rain on the pavement; splash in puddles; make mud pies.

3. Make your own rain. Douse everyone with the hose or sprinkler.

4. Take family naps. Parents nap too!

5. Have daily quiet time. Big kids need rest too.

6. Cook out.frequently. Go beyond the burgers. Try veggies or fish. The kids might like them!

7. Make 'smores. Chocolate + marshmallow + graham cracker=summer

8. Camp out. First-timers, try backyard camping.

9. Camp in. Put the sleeping bags on the floor and have a family slumber party.

10. Stargaze. Invite friends and make a party of it.

11. Catch lightning bugs. And then watch them flicker away into the night.

12. Rearrange the furniture. Give the kids graph paper and have them draw out a plan first.

13. Make your own pizza. Try this recipe.

14. Invite friends over for a game night. Have a kids' games table and an adult one too.

15. Go to the demolition derby. And expect to see some major crashes.

16. See an air show. And hope for no crashes.

17. Stop to smell the flowers.

18. Talk to the animals. (Go to the zoo.)

19. Get wet. (Go to a water park.)

20. Have a puzzle race. Use 100-piece puzzles and see who finishes first.

21. Play a card game. Maybe crazy eights, spoons or poker. Take your pick.

22. Play a board game. Candyland, chess or Monopoly, depending on age and inclination.

23. Make good use of nearby parks. Go to your local parks website, print the schedule of activities and tape it to the refrigerator.

24. Pack a picnic. And plop down to eat it just about anywhere, at a free concert, in a state park or in your own backyard.

25. Start the back-to-school shopping early. The farther from the start of school the more fun kids think it is.



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