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Activities for All Ages

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

As a stay at home mom, sometimes the trickiest thing to do is to keep your kids busy especially during the Summer.


And I never like to depend on a movie or TV show as my only source of distraction.


So I hope that these activity suggestions will help generate some ideas that can be help you connect and have fun with your kids.




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If you have children that are not very close in age or perhaps you run a daycare with a wide range of ages, it can be tricky to plan activities that will engage everyone.


However, it is not impossible.


There are activities that can be planned that everyone can participate in at their own level

or ones where the older children can help the younger.


Don't despair about the age gap or feel that you need to plan something different for everyone.


Follow the tips below as a guide or a starting point to including everyone in your everyday or summertime activities.


Crafts


Indoor or outdoor crafts are perfect for kids of all ages.


Provide the materials and general instructions and see the different masterpieces that will be created.


Like Sun Art


This is a craft where the sun will do most of the work.


You will need to find the sunniest spot in your house or yard and it will take some time; at least three hours of full sunlight.


You will need brightly colored construction paper and various shaped objects that can be found around the house.


Items such as leaves, coins, utensils, or anything else with an interesting shape can be used.


Lay the piece of paper in the sunny location first and then place the objects on the page.


Be sure to leave space around each object, they should not be touching.


Then you have to wait, but it will be worth it.


After a period of time, the sun will fade the paper that is not covered by the objects that

were place on it.


When you take the shapes off you will have made a picture with the

sun.


To make it more interesting you can use different shapes or objects to create a

picture or a scene instead of only trying to get shapes.


Good materials to use for making a sun picture are different shapes of pasta, string, and other household items such as cotton swabs and cotton balls.


Check out this fun kit on Amazon and just imagine how something like this can keep you and your kids busy!


It is best to use a bright colored piece of paper or this craft will not work properly.


The quality of paper used should not be poster board.


The poster board or similar paper will still fade but it will take longer (maybe more than one day in the sun) to get the desired result.


So if you have longer to let it sit, by all means use a poster board.


Then be careful with the finished artwork.


If you hang them up in a sunny spot in the house, the sun may continue to work on the paper and fade away the hard work that was put into the craft.


The best way to preserve it is to tuck it away in a scrapbook or art folder.


When making crafts keep in mind that the instructions are more of a starting point.


Let kids use their imagination to make it all their own.


You will be pleased with the results when fewer parameters are put on a child's imagination when creating artwork or other hands-on crafts.


Games


Nothing can excite and keep kids busy quite like games.


So I have included two different games for you try.


Bug Bingo


Don't worry; this doesn't involve catching bugs just finding them.


You will need a piece of paper for each child that is playing, crayons or pencils and stickers (check out this amazing bug sticker book).


Divide each piece of paper into nine squares with three columns and three rows.


The middle square is a free space.


I went ahead and created a printable version for you, you can get a print Bug Bingo here.


In each of the other eight squares draw a picture or write the name of a bug that can be

found in your backyard.


Send the children out with the stickers and their bingo cards to find the bugs.


As the child finds each bug they can place a sticker on the appropriate square.


The only rule that should be reinforced is that the bugs are not to be touched (or