FIVE THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS SUMMER
(source: National Fatherhood Initiative; www.fatherhood.org)
Remember how magical summer was when you were a kid? No school, long days, and running around outside for hours on end.
Bring back that summer magic and bring back your childhood with these quintessential summer activities you won't want to pass up.
Climb Trees. Summer is the perfect time for this fun activity. Help your children climb up and then join them up in the tree for a new vantage point.
Eat Watermelon. Cut some big slices of watermelon and have a seed spitting contest. Watermelon not your thing? There are plenty of summer fruits you can enjoy. Take your kids to a farmer's market or fair for a fun weekend outing and pick up some seasonal fruits and veggies.
Get Wet. If you're taking your kids to the pool, don't just sit on the sidelines - jump right in! Play Marco Polo, have a cannonball contest, or referee some races. Your kids will love having dad in the pool. Don't have access to a pool? Get out a hose and you'll be amazed at the fun you can have.
Organize a Game. Round up the neighborhood kids and organize a game of kickball, baseball, or even capture the flag. Let your kids run off some energy while you bring out your inner child.
Check out the Stars. Sit outside and stargaze with your kids - you can learn about the constellations together. If it's a nice night and you have a yard, pitch a tent and sleep outside under the open sky. Or, plan an overnight camping trip somewhere nearby.
Having fun and making memories doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. This summer, bring back your favorite childhood activities and share them with your children. And, for more great ideas and activities, check out the book Handy Dad, and start a fun summer project with your kids! (http://www.amazon.com/Handy-Dad-Awesome-Projects-Dads/dp/081186958X)