Just like the beginning of last summer, Baby E is here to help with his "Summer List of Kids' Fun" ready for you today. He's ten-years-old now, but he says he still knows what kids want. I hope you find some good ideas here for you and your kids to enjoy summer together!
There are two ways you can do this for your kids.
I'm talking about a Summer Fun Idea List of things to do for your kids.
I like to sit down and just write a list of one hundred things I want to do in the summer. Tell your kids to do that too.
If your kids can't write you can write for them just don't tell them their ideas aren't good or they can't do them. Just write it down, it's just ideas. Next week, I'll tell you my list. Because I already have my list done of over one hundred things but today I want to give you all a head start for your kids because they're already home and wondering what to do and now you can do these things. But next week I'll tell you more.
--Number one: You can do summer fun physically, like fit in your hand books and games and things you can touch. Like real book go to the bookstore get it yourself books.
--Number two: Or you can do it virtually, like apps. Like you have this one rectangle plastic thing called a tablet and you can fit ALL your books on it for a lot cheaper, too, and you can do your toys, like apps. Games for your brain. Toys for your brain. There's fun games and educational games. Like puzzles. There's this one coloring game for my dad's iPad that I like.
You can get your little kids an e-reader for 60 bucks, or 199 dollar Nook tablet, Kindle fire, or a kobo. I would not recommend a Nook tablet for kids under ten. Your kids should have to earn some money for it, don't just get it for them. Tell them to use their birthday and Christmas money on it.
And this is very important:
-Four-and-five-year-olds just don't get a Nook at all.
-For six and seven ages get the Nook with glowlight.
-And then for seven-and-eight-year olds get the Nook color, which is 30 bucks cheaper than the Nook tablet.
-Kids over age ten can get the Nook tablet.
They'll take better care of it if they pay for part of it.
There's also in-between readers like there's the Nook color and the Nook with simple touch glowlight for 125 dollars. Maybe 129 dollars.
--And then there's the real physical toys: where you have to be outside to play because you can't do it inside it's so wild. SQUIRT GUNS. Your kids don't want to be cooped up inside. I like a lot of small ones better than one big army one so I can fill them all up and stick them in my swimsuit. It's more fun to have five little ones loaded up and filled at once than one big one. It's more like a shoot-out when you can have two small ones -- one in each hand.
--Some fun inside board games, though, are, Domo, Monopoly, Connect Four, Chess. You need to teach your kids how to play these you just can't give it to them and think they'll like it. If you like it, they'll like it.
--Basketballs and soccer balls and catch are fun and my favorite summer toy: playground balls. They are the best because you can do everything with them. Just kick them up in the air the highest is a lot of fun.
--Going to pick out new shoes in the beginning of summer is fun because it makes you excited for summer stuff.
--Oh, yeah, you can sign your kids up for summer school. Not like in trouble summer school but like fun classes. I like sports classes. I always take "Kids in Motion" and "Sports of All Sorts" and like them a lot. And don't worry that your kids will get hurt because they'll be okay. I got hurt last year with a tooth that got bloody when it hit a kids' head but it's okay, just a little crooked now. (my mom says it's more than a little.)
--My personal favorite summer thing is books. My personal favorite books are Magic Thief series for medium-average readers and there's the Palace of Laughter books for kids eleven and up.
--Toys section for your kids' brains: just get best seller apps on app store for your kids like Plants vs Zombies by far. Creative apps are fun and free like My Color. Angry Birds: any game! like Seasons, Original, Space, Real: any one is good. To find a lot of these easily just go to the app store and click "best sellers" and there's like 80 pages of great apps to pick. It doesn't have to be just games it can be helpful stuff like a compass, a calculator, a cookbook. And you can buy an app that does graphic novels and magazines. I like the creative stuff.
--On rainy days make a movie theater on the floor with popcorn. Watch videos, and use Netflix for movies. Movies aren't as scary at home so that's more fun. All the Kung Fu Panda movies are really good and How To Train Your Dragon is too.
--Kids also like art classes that are not lame. Like not fancy. Like not just drawing but like building and making. Last year my brother and I made steampunk robots and tin can robots and that was sweet.
Bye. Have fun. Kids have most fun when someone plays with them, though. They like to get stuff but just to get stuff makes them get bored with the new thing fast.
Bye. Next week you will see my list of one hundred and extra stuff to do list.
*In the summer my mom makes me take baths not showers because she says I get dirtier and I tell her to not call them baths with me anymore but "man submersions."
|[Two seconds after we took this picture Baby E spit 7-up all over the place. He claims he couldn't hold it in anymore.]|