14 things to do with your family yet this summer

  1. family (11)Go picking: Find a farm with raspberries, tomatoes, flowers, anything, and get picking.
  2. Play outside in the rain: Smell the rain, splash in puddles, make mud pies. No rain? Set up the sprinkler up outside instead.
  3. Go camping: Try backyard camping, or set up sleeping bags on the floor in your house and have a family sleepover.
  4. Catch lightening bugs: Watch them flicker and then set them free so someone else can catch them.
  5. Family game night: As a family, pick out a board game to play for a cold or rainy night.
  6. Go someplace new: Go to a botanical garden, the zoo, a waterpark, a museum, or a different park to play. Check out your local public library for fun activities.
  7. Have a puzzle race: Use 100-piece puzzles and race to see who can finish theirs first.
  8. Create: Make a pizza together, or lemonade. Try some science experiments or art projects to do as a family.
  9. Take a bike ride: Take your bikes to a friend’s house or to get ice-cream, ride around your neighborhood or go to a bike trail.
  10. Build memories: Create beaded necklaces, pressed flower pictures, a Lego castle, or a fort in the living room.
  11. Spend time outside: Fly a kite, play kickball, Frisbee, tag, or decorate your sidewalks with chalk.
  12. Create a treasure hunt: Make a list of hidden objects inside and outside of the house. Create a map with X’s marking the spots.
  13. Act: Play charades, create an original dramatic performance, or a music video. Don’t be afraid to dress-up.
  14.  Read: Start reading a book out loud, have the whole family take turns reading. Create voices for different characters.

About Teresa Davenport PhD

Graduated from Ball State University and practices at Doll & Associates in Fond du Lac. Has a focus on children and adolescents including cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and systems approaches. Areas of expertise include assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders beginning at two years of age, psychological assessment, ADHD, parenting, school collaboration, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, sexuality and gender identity concerns. Age groups: children, adolescents, adults, and families.

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