School’s almost out and this year’s summer break is looking a bit more normal than last year’s. We can finally connect with family and friends, go outside to enjoy nature, and play games with our kids. However, if there is one thing we have learned at MyMalls, it is that things can change in a split second. At this point, traveling is still very risky, so parents are left to plan lots of fun activities on the homefront. We know it’s easier said than done. Kids will roll their eyes at your boring staycation ideas real quick, but perhaps we can help! Our staff has come up with a list of fun indoor and outdoor activities that totally fit the bill for summer 2021.
Plan a cooking or baking day once a week where kids are part of the process from the very beginning. Let them choose from a selection of recipes or allow them to read a recipe book (if they are old enough). As a parent you can help them work through the instructions step by step if they are very young - or host baking competitions with older kids! To help you on your way our MyMalls staff highly recommends:
Cooking is one of the best avenues for creative exploration and this cooking set inspires children's imagination. It may be designed for kids without sharp ends, but this is a real cooking set; made from food-grade material that will effectively promote your kid's hands-on ability. This 37-piece kids baking DIY kit includes a kids chef’s hat and apron, oven mitt, rolling pin, pastry brush, spatula, whisk, cutting boards, measuring spoons, and cookie cutters. It’s great for toddlers and 6+-year-old boys and girls. Available on Amazon for $28.99.
Even though school’s out, we still want our little ones to keep learning and have meaningful experiences. Gardening is a fun learning experience and a great opportunity for children to learn the cycle of life as well as responsibilities. Before you know it, they will explain to you where food comes from and the importance of the environment in everyday life. Thanks to technology, indoor gardening has really taken off! Hydrophonics is the buzz word of the last few years so MyMalls recommends:
Hydroponics Growing System
This indoor herb garden starter kit with LED grow light comes with 12 pods for growing veggies! The height of the lighting part of the hydroponics growing system can be adjusted for veggies at different growth stages, helping them absorb energy from LED lights and promoting growth. The coolest thing about this planter kit is its control panel, which tells you when to add plant food solution. Choose "Veg" Mode for vegetables, which contains all the light. For flowers and fruits, choose "Flower" Mode which contains more red light. It’s a fun and practical way for you and your kiddos to grow fresh herbs, veggies, and fruit. The EZORKAS Hydrophonics Growing System sells for $79.99.
Summer break equals a whole lot of outdoor activities. At MyMalls, we know all you need is sun and space. For the adventurous and creative (also very patient) kids, we recommend building a water blob or your own slip ’n slide. All you need is a plastic tarp and a garden hose to create your own slip 'n slide. A water blob requires plastic sheeting and duct tape to create large plastic pillows filled with water. Set the blobs up in the yard and allow kids or teens to hop from one blob to another. You can also find some fun toys on amazon for water adventures:
This is a water slide and sprinkler in One! The zig zag spray pattern sprinklers on both sides give awesome water coverage for long great sliding. This giant pineapple slip and slide makes for a long and fast slide that kids can enjoy! Such great fun for summer backyard water games, birthday parties, family activities, lawn garden. Get it online for $37.99.
Nothing says backyard fun like a water bomb fight! LHHweiusa Water Balloons take away the stress of having to mess with filling individual balloons. The package comes with 555 rapid-filing water balloons, which saves you lots of time, so you can jump quicker into the outdoor fun this summer. All you need to do is connect, fill and make hundreds of water balloons with no hand-tying at all. Hello summer! Find it on Amazon for only $24.99.
Need something completely new to keep kids entertained? How about stargazing? What better excuse to teach your kids something new! It’s a great activity to be shared with the entire family. For starters, parents can teach their children about the basics of the cosmos, such as major constellations, planets and the moon. Many places still have a curfew, so now is the time to explore the night sky with most businesses closed. With light pollution at an all time low, all you need is a view of the night sky and your eyes. However, binoculars and inexpensive telescopes can enhance the experience.
Therefore we recommend: the 70mm Astronomy Refractor Telescope. Looking at the night sky can be an inspiring moment for youngsters, and the right telescope can drive an interest in skywatching for a lifetime. The ECOOPRO is the perfect telescope for kids. It comes with an adjustable tripod and it’s great for nighttime and daytime usage for wildlife scenery and observing the moon. This truly is the best gift to teach people about nature and life. It is ideal for beginners and children to explore vast sky like moons, planets, but also distant scenery like mountains, flowers, birds, and animals. The ECOOPRO retails at $67.99 on Amazon.
Well, that's it for now. We wish you lots of fun this summer! Have a great one :)
Your MyMalls Team