June 30th, 2013

Set Up a Lemonade Stand/Other Business – Day 30 of 30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

My kids are often interested in running a little business of their own, and summer is the perfect time! A lemonade stand is the classic kid business, but I’ve seen kids advertise roses and wallets made from duct tape for sale too.

Whatever your kids want to sell, keep it simple. Decide how much financial support you’re giving and how the kids will pay it back if they make money. It’s best for kids to understand that running a business has costs, learn how to keep them under control and how to pay off startup expenses. Depending on your neighborhood and ages of your kids, you may have to supervise more or less. Try not to get too involved – it’s their business.

Older kids may want to so something online, design an app, stuff like that. If they’re up for it, see what you have to do to let it happen. You may have to be the official account holder for anyone under 18, which can complicate online options for kids.

Set Up a Lemonade Stand/Other Business - Day 30 of 30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

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June 29th, 2013

Make a Play – Day 29 of 30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

Summer is a wonderful time for kids to indulge their creativity. Mine like to work on plays with their friends. If they like acting, encourage them to make a play.

They can write it down or not. My kids prefer to do it all from memory – I’d get a lot of resistance if I wanted them to write it all out. But let them go about things their own way and they’ll work it out.

One of the great parts is how much cooperation making a play requires. There may be arguments, but if the play is going to work out, they have to come to agreements or learn to improvise around each other. Either one can be interesting.

Just be ready to be an appreciative audience at some point. If the kids are happy with what they’ve done, they will need an audience.

Make a Play - Day 29 of 30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

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June 28th, 2013

Visit Friends – Day 28 of 30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

Don’t keep your kids at your house all summer – send them off to play with friends. If you’re lucky, their friends are close enough you can just send the kids off, but even if you have to drive them over, it’s a pretty good deal. Either you get some time at home to do whatever you need to get done on your own, or you get some time visiting with another parent. If the other parent is a friend of yours, this can be nice.

Of course, you should reciprocate and have your kids’ friends over to your house too. Depending on how the kids play, this can be better for productivity than having your kids alone. Other times it’s more work, but that’s all part of having friends over.

Visit Friends - Day 28 of 30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

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June 27th, 2013

Picnic – Day 27 of 30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

Lunchtime, dinner time or snack time, it doesn’t matter; kids love a picnic. Just spread out a blanket, choose appropriate dishes for outdoors and let the kids enjoy.

My kids especially enjoy evening picnics as the sun gets lower on really hot days. It’s nice to get out of the house when it isn’t so hot outside anymore.

Picnic - Day 27 of 30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

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June 26th, 2013

Play Tag/Hide and Go Seek – Day 26 of 30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

Tag and hide and go seek are lots of fun for kids. No supplies necessary, just a few rules required, such as boundaries. Some consideration has to be given for players significantly younger than the others too.

These are best with a crowd of kids, not just a couple. Three is pretty much a minimum, all the way up to however many can agree on the rules of the game.

Indoor hide and go seek requires some extra rules, of course. Sometimes we’ll limit it to downstairs only, so there’s no one running down the stairs; other times the rule is just “stay out of mom and dad’s room.

Play Tag/Hide and Go Seek - Day 25 of 30 Days of Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

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