Summer is Here But…
Summer is here!! But, my kids are driving me crazy… HELP!
Blog Written By: Mr. Warner, MSHS Principal
Perhaps you can relate just a bit with our home. We made it through Online Distance Learning unscathed (RCS teachers were amazing!), and summer is finally here! But our kids are stir-crazy, and can’t do the normal summer REC camps and activities yet. They are ready for friends and adventure after being sheltered in place for the past two and a half months. So, what can you do with them?
Like us, you may be wrestling with these questions as well: How do we get our kids out of the house appropriately? What can we do to expend the most amount of energy? How can we expend that energy so that we (adults) can get our work done?!
Here are some ideas that my wife, Amber, and I have considered. The first ten can be done without direct parental supervision and may just afford you some peace before they come back in asking for a drink or a snack! They are also shelter-in-place-friendly.
- Running through the sprinklers, or if you have a trampoline, set the hose up to spray the kids while jumping. This has brought me back to my childhood days, and is a safe water activity for non-swimmers. Safety tip: the trampoline could get a bit slippery, so limit the number of jumpers.
- Take your dog (or a neighbor’s dog) for a walk.
- Ride bikes, RipStiks, roller blades, skateboards, scooter, etc together. Make sure to wear a helmet and protective gear.
- Chalk the driveway. Fill it with art work and encouraging words, scripture.
- Bubbles. Enough said.
- Play Hide and Seek, or (the reverse of this) Sardines. Just don’t stop playing without letting everyone know!
- Have a Nerf gun battle, “Dude Perfect” style. Safety tip: Make sure to wear goggles!
- Make your own Rube Goldberg Swish Machine.
- Find a basketball hoop and make the impossible trick shot like Miss Huemoeller and Mr. Huemoeller!
- Build a fort or clubhouse, then sleep in it!