7 Lazy Summer Afternoon Activities for Kids that Aren’t Lazy

by , 07/20/13

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1. Have a Reading Picnic

One of the best ways to spend a quiet afternoon is curled up with a great book. Many kids will look forward to quiet time when it includes devouring a good book. Put a twist on reading time by going outside or to a fun, new place to read. One of my favorite places to spend the afternoon reading with my son is on a reading picnic. We pack up our favorite books, a blanket, our water bottles, pillows and a snack and head for a quiet place on the grass under a large shady tree. It’s amazing how much more enjoyable a book is when you read it outside in nature.

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2. Take a Museum Stroll

A hot, sunny afternoon is the perfect time to hit the museum. Most museums are quiet and have less visitors during the week, making it the perfect time to visit with your children. Plan to visit a different museum in your area each week of the summer. Touring your local art, science, and children’s museums is a great way to introduce your kid to the different arts that are available, while providing a little quiet time to slow down and reflect.

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3. Have a Board Game Bonanza

Spending the afternoon, sprawled out on the living room floor with pillows and your family’s favorite board games is a great way to spend a hot afternoon. Getting bored with your selection of games? Consider swapping board games with your children’s cousins or close family friends to mix it up. Also, many local libraries have board games in their children’s section, making it the perfect opportunity to pick up a few new books and play a new board game at the same time.

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4. Host Your Own Afternoon Cooking Show

Spend the afternoon, hosting your own afternoon cooking show with your children. Pretend that you are filming an episode worthy of the Food Network and let your children help you bake up some afternoon goodies. You can take the “cooking show” one step further and set up the family video recorder to film your episode. This is a great way to help your child with their speech and cooking skills at them same fun time.

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