Once summer vacation arrives, parents suddenly find themselves with many additional hours to keep their kiddos engaged and active. While resting and the time to recharge are important to prioritize during the break from school, having a plan to continue learning in an entertaining way is key. Thankfully, play is a fundamental building block of learning, and children learn through play, fostering development, curiosity, problem-solving skills, and more.
While camps, visits with extended family, and special outings or vacations can add fun and creative play to the agenda, you’ll still need a few go-to activities to fill the long summer days. To help make the most of the warmer weather, we’ve compiled a list of outdoor toys and activities that will satisfy your child(ren)’s knack for boredom and get them out into the fresh air. What’s more, some of these products allow you to “sittervise” (supervising from a seated position—what a concept!), so the whole family can enjoy being outside together.